Two varied programs in Doha
Both programs that Dimitri Kitaenko will conduct on the 21st and 28th May in Doha are very varied and international. The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra firstly plays Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Third Symphony, the Scottish, based on recollections of a journey to Scotland which had deeply impressed the composer. The symphony is followed by the Flute Concerto of French composer Jacques Ibert, with Nicole Pressler, solo flautist of the Qatar Philharmonic. Rimsky-Korsakov's coloured Capriccio espagnol terminates this program. As a young officer of the Russian Navy, Rimsky-Korsakov had been in Spain and learned to estimate the Spanish folk music. From all the ersatz-Spanish pieces the Capriccio espagnol is considered as the most idiomatic one.
The concert from the 28th May begins with Robert Schumann's second symphony which carries, however, the number 4, because the composer revised it in 1851 and published it as the last of his symphonies. Kolja Blacher is the soloist in the first of Max Bruch's three Violin Concertos. This work was written in 1866 in Koblenz and premiered by the famous violinist Joseph Joachim in 1868 in Bremen. The fact that the violinists of his time played only this violin concerto and not his other works for the violin, angered Bruch very much, as he did not tire to say. He even wrote apolice note to outlaw any further performance of the concerto. Dimitri Kitaenko's concert with the Qatar Philharmonic ends with the Rosenkavalier Suite op. 59 by Richard Strauss.