Concerts in Zagreb: "Spiritual aura"
Dimitri Kitaenko's recent concerts with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra were enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience as well as by the critics. Tickets were in great demand for an attractive Tchaikovsky and Beethoven programme comprising the 1st Piano Concerto with Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son and Symphony No. 9 with Croatian soloists Martina Zadro, Dubravka Šeparović Mušović, Tomislav Mužek, Luciano Batinić and the Academic choir Ivan Goran Kovačić.
The reviews were ravishing. 'PolitikaPlus' spoke about the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra radiating "a spiritual aura growing into a true European space of music and culture". The critic of 'Večernji list' wrote: "The Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (…) performed under the leadership of the great and world renowned Russian maestro Dmitrij Kitaenko. The lack of a chief conductor at the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra is somehow compensated with frequent guest-performances of maestro Kitaenko who is also their artistic advisor.(…) The opening was magnificent with Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor by Tchaikovsky in which maestro Kitaenko presented a young Korean pianistic tigress, Yeol Eum Son, as a soloist. With the Beethoven they went straight to the point – making it clearly the crown of the symphonic opus."
Prior to the two sold-out Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra concerts Zagreb's mayor Milan Bandić received the renowned conductor, who was accompanied by a member of the Zagreb Philharmonic, Mirko Boch. Conveying feelings of gratitude to maestro Kitaenko for the successful collaboration so far, the mayor expressed contentment about its continuation, to the satisfaction of all music lovers, but also to the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
Photos: Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra