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

Darius Milhaud

French-Russian program in Berlin

Dimitri Kitaenko is scheduled to conduct three concerts with the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin, on 10, 11 and 12 June.The program has a French-Russian character.

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 next work of this concert is Prokofiev's Seventh Symphony Op. 131. Critic James Leonard wrote about Kitaenko's recording of this work: "Kitaenko's Prokofiev symphonies are grandly moving examples of twentieth century symphonism. And where Gergiev treats the highly ambivalent Seventh as a light and lively piece of late-in-life whimsy, Kitaenko grants it the depth and emotional ambiguity it deserves".

The concert program is ending with Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an exhibition' in the orchestration by Maurice Ravel.