Jazz Suite No.2
Dmitri Shostakovich

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Up 11. Highest ever position, since entering the chart in 1997. 5th of 6 entries for Shostakovich this year.

Both of Shostakovich's Jazz Suites have a sort of end-of-the-pier quality to them. In truth, they bear the same relationship to authentic jazz as socks and sandals do to high fashion. This is deeply sugary music, created in direct response to the Soviet government's demand that more be done to reflect this emerging genre.