Dimitri Kitaenko At The Konzerthaus In Berlin
On 21, 22 and 23 April Dimitri Kitaenko will conduct the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin. The program begins with Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No 1 which he composed at the age of 19, when he was still a student at the conservatoire of Saint Petersburg. Because of its transparent orchestration and its marvellous esprit the symphony was a big success from the beginning.
The soloist in Sergei Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto is the 46-year-old Italian Russian violinist Sergei Krylov. Maestro Kitaenko has often cooperated with this Stradivarius and Kreisler prize-winner. Prokofiev's Violin concerto op. 19 is a work whose success came only years after its first performance when it was played by Joseph Szigeti. The great Hungarian violinist admired "the mixture of fabulous naïveté and a strong wildness".
Dimitri Kitaenko's concert with the Konzerthaus Orchestra ends with the Rosenkavalier-Suite op. 59 by Richard Strauss.Just like the opera the suite is an homage to the splendour, opulence, elegance and charm of a bygone Golden Age. In this orchestral suite Strauss wanted to present the central figures and the musical highlights of the opera. It's kind of a tone poem with the following program: Introduction (love scene between Oktavian and Marschallin), presentation of the Silver rose (Oktavian and Sophie), Baron Ochs on Lerchenau, trio and final duo, conclusion–everything is a waltz!