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Work: Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra

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ComposerShostakovich, Dmitri (1906-1975)
Period20th century
Work typeOrchestral
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Jazzy optimism: Thibaudet’s Gershwin in Amsterdam

Jean-Yves Thibaudet © Kasskara | Decca.
Andris Nelsons returned to his Shostakovich cycle with an easy-going Sixth Symphony, followed by an exhilarating Suite for Variety Orchestra. Jean-Yves Thibaudet delighted audiences with Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.
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Imaginative fusion of Shostakovich and Gershwin in Edinburgh

An imaginative RSNO programme sandwiching fusionist Gershwin between unbelievably contrasting Shostakovich, seasoned with a little re-titling.
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Holland Symfonia's Russian fireworks kick off the new year in Leiden

New Year’s concerts have never been that appealing to me: I am not a great lover of Viennese waltzes and that is what most of them consist of. But fortunately this year the Holland Symfonia had a New Years concert with a twist: Russian fireworks.