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

Two concerts with the Qatar Philharmonic

Dimitri Kitaenko is scheduled to conduct two concertswith the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha. On May 13, he will conduct the orchestra at the local Opera house in one Milhaud-Saint-Saëns-Prokofiev-program. When in the 1920s, Europe was seized by the jazz fever, the French composer Darius Milhaud studied the jazz on the spot, in the ghettos of Harlem, and discovered the roots of this music in Latin America and on the Antilles. Back in France he included his impressions in his ballet La Création du monde, a jungle and primeval world fantasy inspired by African myths. "The orchestra with 18 solo instruments corresponded to the bands which I had heard in Harlem", Milhaud wrote in his autobiography. The premiere took place in October, 1923 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and created a big scandal. Critics called the piece frivolous and said it was suitable rather for the music-hall than for the concert hall. Time proved they were wrong, and above all the suite from the ballet is often played.
The second work is also by a French Composer, Camille Saint-Säens' Concerto for cello and orchestra op. 33, with the 1991 born Russian cellist Alexey Stadler.
The concert will end with Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony op. 100 by Sergei Prokofiev. In 1945, the year of the premiere of this work, conductor Serge Koussevitzky said: "The Fifth Symphony is the greatest musical event in many, many years. The greatest since Brahms and Tchaikovsky! It is magnificent! It is yesterday, it is today, it is tomorrow."
In a second program, on May 20, Dimitri Kitaenko will conduct  Anton Bruckner's Symphony in D minor, the so-called "Nullte". It was composed by Anton Bruckner in 1869 between Symphony No. 1 (1866) and Symphony No. 2 (1872). In 1895 Bruckner declared this symphony as "annulliert" (cancelled) and he did not assign a number to it. He replaced the original "Nr. 2" with the symbol "∅", which was later interpreted as the numeral zero and the symphony got the nickname "Die Nullte" ("No. 0"). It's an interesting work, with already typical Bruckner elements, yet also the influence from Schumann und Mendelssohn.
The second work on the program is Francesca da Rimini op. 32, a symphonic poem on the 5th Song from Dante's Divine Comedy, which describes the unhappy love of Francesca to Paolo, her brother's husband who, at the end, surprises and kills the lovers.
And, finally, Dimitri Kitaenko will conduct Igor Stravinsky's Firebird-Suite in its 1919 version.