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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The Jazz Suites show a light-hearted Shostakovich at his witty best, with the composer’s ironic tang adding a piquant spice. Likewise, the dances from The Bolt, not quite so inconsequential, but just as enjoyable, have an edge, which makes Shostakovich I popular mode so enticing. Yablonsky directs enjoyable, straightforward accounts of these works. Chailly’s account of The Bolt Suite on Decca is obviously superior, but that said, this CD is still good value, especially at its super-bargain price, and the inclusion of Shostakovich’s arrangement of ‘Tea for Two’ as the Tahiti trot is a real bonus.

David Gutman
Gramophone, July 2002

"So is this another winner from Naxos? I think so...This is Svetlana's old band, so you can expect colourful winds and penetrating brass...Try the Weill-like 'Foxtrot' from the Jazz Suite No 1 (track 19) and I dare say you'll be hooked: those trombone glissandos are nicely done, the Hawaiian guitar slyly insinuating."

Martin Cotton
BBC Music Magazine, June 2002

"Bring on the performing dogs! The Bolt may be a ballet about industrial espionage, but Shostakovich's music is an irresistible reminder of Russia's circus tradition. It's more distinguished than most music from the big top, bit still conjures up the sight of clown with ridiculously large shoes falling over each other."

Calum MacDonald
International Record Review, June 2002

"In no other composer I can think or - even those who, like him, dealt creatively with folk-song I find quite the same combination of lyric awe and simplicity, of sardonic humour, grotesquerie and epic, of shared communal values, of long local traditions that span the ages and, above all, of humanity and nature totally involved with one another, and each being accorded their perfect balance."

Derek Lim
The Flying Inkpot

"Both the Russian orchestras – the long-established Russian State Symphony and the post-Cold War created Russian Philharmonic – certainly have the pedigree to perform this music. The conductor Dmitry Yablonsky, a cellist by training and son of pianist Oxana Yablonskaya, keeps a tight rein on the proceedings. A plus point is that recording standards have come a long way since those dirt-cheap Melodiya discs when shrill blaring brass regularly threaten to do damage to your ear drums and speakers. The asking price for these Naxos discs is equally dirt-cheap, so they are definitely worth taking the risk on."

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