Jazz Suite No.2
Dmitri Shostakovich

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The fourth of 6 entries for Shostakovich in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. Jazz Suite No.2 entered the Hall of Fame in 1997 and has featured in the chart ever since, peaking at number 74 in 2014.

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.