Dimitri Kitaenko replaces Semyon Bychkov in Leipzig
After Dimitri Kitaenko's terrific success at Leipzig's Gewandhaus in October, the conductor is to return to the orchestra on November 19 and 2, filling in for Semyon Bychov who has cancelled all his performances till mid-December.
About Kitaenko's previous October concerts with Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony the Leipziger Volkszeitung wrote: "Also in the biggest crescendi he got a noble sound from the Gewandhausorchester, precise and transparent, never stringent. Jubilation and long applause were justified."
There is more Tchaikovsky in the upcoming concerts, with the Third Symphony, the so-called Polish. Though it does not belong to the fate symphonies, fate is uncommonly present in the music which shows an innerly disillusioned composer outing his feelings with his very own lyricism. Another Tchaikovsky composition is to be heard in Leipzig: 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 Sergei Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody for piano and orchestra op. 43, with the 25-year-old Uzbekistan pianist Behzod Abduraimov.