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

Three concerts in Berlin

Dimitri Kitaenko, First Guest Conductor of the Konzerthausorchester, returns to Berlin for three concerts. The program on March 17, 18 and 19 begins with Antonín Dvořák's overture op. 92, Carnival, the central part of the cycle Nature, life and love, describing people in their whole liveliness and cheerfulness. The Flute Concerto by French composer Jacques Ibert is an equally pleasant work, composed in 1934 for Marcel Moyse who,as an interpreter and teacher, has contributed so much to the renaissance of the flute.The soloist here is a winner of the International Carl Nielsen Flute Competition Odense, Pirmin Grehl, since September, 2002 solo flautist at Berlin's Konzerthausorchester.

The last work is the Second Symphony Op. 43 by Jean Sibelius. This composition was created in 1902 and, considering the growing influences of the Russian Empire, people in the Grand-Duchy of Finland projected national feelings in this music. The intensity of the work and its heroic and poignant character were natural to such a reception. However, the composer energetically denied such considerations, calling his work 'absolute music'. Yet, in 1943 he wrote in a letter to his son-in-law Jussi Jalas: "The second symphony is a confession of sins of my soul."