Dimitrij Kitajenko (Dmitry, Dmitri, Dimitri, Kitayenko, Kitaenko)

CD release: Musorgskij and Prokofieff with the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne

In their latest recording Dimitri Kitaenko and the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra turn the spotlight on images and sounds from Russia. Modest Mussorgsky's 'St. John's Night on Bald Mountain', never performed during Mussorgsky's liefetime, is presented in the original version. The fascinating baritone Vladislav Sulimsky is the soloist of Mussorgsky's "Songs and Dances of Death", in Edison Denisov's version from 1983. The Cantata "Alexander Nevsky" for mezzo soparano, mixed choir and orchestra is the three-quarter-hour extract, Prokofiev wrote on base of his film music to Sergei Eisenstein's famous film of the same title, with the Mezzosoprano Agunda Kulaeva and the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. (OehmsClassics OC459)
In Pizzicato this new recording is highly praised: "Once more, Dimitri Kitaenko is entirely in his element, when it comes to colours and moods in Russian music. Using the original version of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain he releases tremendous orchestral forces, so that we feel the earth tremble and hear the dead moan. There is also one no less exciting performance of Songs and Dances of Death on this disc, followed by a very evocative version of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky. Great singing from the soloists and from the choir!".
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