Kitaenko conducts Göteborgs Symfoniker
On the 19th and 20th September Dmitri Kitaenko conducts one of the most prominent orchestras of Scandinavia, the Göteborgs Symfoniker, in the Konserhuset of the Swedish city. The two concerts begin with Dmitri Shostakovich's highly effective Sixth Symphony whose last movement had to be encored at the work's first performance in Leningrad (St. Petersburg). The second work on the program is Sergei Rachmaninoff's choral symphony The Bells. Composed in 1913 it describes different facets of existence, from birth to death. Rachmaninoff's composition for soprano, tenor, baritone, choir and big orchestra is based on Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem in a free Russian translation by Konstantin Balmont. In Gothenburg the orchestra is joined by its symphonic choir, soprano Anna Samuil, tenor Sergey Skorokhodov and bass Alexander Vinogradov.