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

Two concerts in Doha

In October, Dimitri Kitaenko will conduct two concerts with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha. The first evening has a Russian-French program, with, to begin, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for string orchestra op. 48. Irena Gulzarova is the soloist in Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto. Born in 1982 in Tashkent in a musician's family she gave her first recital at the age of eight years. At 13 she played several concerts during a tour in Germany. While studying, in particular with Rudolf Buchbinder, she won several contests. In 2016, Irena Gulzarova was invited by Vadim Repin to play the Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky piano trios with him and Mischa Maisky in Moscow.
The Second suite from Manuel de Falla's El sombrero de tres picos is the last work of the concert. From 1904 on, the composer worked on different projects to use Pedro Antonio Alarcón's novel. First he thought of an opera, then of a pantomime and, finally, of a ballet which was performed in 1919 by the Ballets Russes in a choreography of Leonid Massine. Costumes and set had been designed by Pablo Picasso.
One week later, on the 21st October, Dimitri Kitaenko will conduct a second program which one could name'with light and shade'. It begins with Ludwig van Beethoven's Fourth Symphony which Robert Schumann has described as a "Greek slim maiden between two northern country giants". After the 'Eroica' the Fourth looks bright and slim, with a lot of charming melodies.
After the easy-going first part of the concert, Shostakovich's Symphony No 5 in D minor brings a completely different atmosphere. This symphony is the musical expression of the depressed moods of the composer, which was fallen in disgrace because of his opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk. Like Mstislav Rostropovich once said, this symphony is the key to Shostakovich's split existence with, on one side, the official face, on the other the innerly tormented personality.