- The Bolt, suite from the ballet, Op. 27a
- Suite for Jazz Orchestra, No. 2
- Suite for Jazz Orchestra, No. 1
- Tahiti Trot, for orchestra (arr. of Youmans "Tea for Two"), Op. 16
Humor is an underrated element in music -- especially today, when we expect our musical experiences to be profound, even life-changing. Of course, not all composers are adept at writing comic music, but Dmitri Shostakovich was a natural prankster who as a youth earned his pocket money playing the piano for silent movies. Here are some of his lighter pieces, some more farcical than others: a suite of sarcastic, edgy dances from The Bolt (1931), two tuneful, nostalgic jazz suites, and a clever arrangement of Vincent Youmans's "Tea for Two." Of special note is the "Waltz 2" from the Second Jazz Suite, a melancholy waltz that was made popular in Stanley Kubrick's film Eyes Wide Shut. The performances are appealingly straightforward and well recorded.