Moscow Cheryomushki: Suite(Moskau Tscherjomuschki: Suite) (1957-58, arr. 1997)
Boosey & Hawkes / Sikorski
Shostakovich's operetta is a highly entertaining satirical romp, mocking the corruption and idealism of the USSR in the post-Stalin era and poking particular fun at Khrushchev’s notoriously overambitious plan to rehouse almost the entire population in hastily built and splendidly up-to-date apartment blocks, complete with fridges, lifts and all mod cons. The plot concerns a group of happy and enthusiastic young Muscovites who look forward to being rehoused in the smart new high-rise estate of Cheryomushki but find that practicalities are a more complicated than they first imagined. Local officials have their own dastardly plans for what they want to do with these new flats and are greedily trying to take bribes or keep the apartments for themselves. Naturally, after some ups and downs, good wins out.
This orchestral suite was arranged by Andrew Cornall for a Decca recording by Riccardo Chailly in 1997.