Jazz Suite No.1
Dmitri Shostakovich

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Shostakovich has 6 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame — the same amount as Sibelius and Rachmaninov — and this is the second. It entered the Hall of Fame in 1997 and remained in the chart ever since, peaking at number 106 in 2005.

Shostakovich was most definitely a light-and-shade composer. On the one hand, we have the intense, expansive orchestral works, full of grand political gestures and complex musical ideas. On the other, we find the many film scores and the light, jolly Jazz Suites, both composed in the 1930s.

Waltz by Gino Severini.