Dimitrij Kitajenko (Dmitry, Dmitri, Dimitri, Kitayenko, Kitaenko)
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On the cusp of completion: the Tchaikovsky-cycle on SACD

©Matthias Baus 2013

The Tchaikovsky symphonic cycle by the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra under the baton of honorary conductor Dmitri Kitaenko is already regarded as a reference recording even prior to completion.  It is to be concluded with two rare treats from the repertoire. February will mark the release on OehmsClassics of their eighth and final SACD in the cycle. Alongside the Seventh Symphony in E flat, reconstructed by Semyon Bogatyrjow from Tchaikovsky's sketches and drafts, the CD also includes the Third Piano Concerto in E flat op. 75, which was derived from the same material. The piano soloist is Lilya Zilberstein.

Following their acclaimed complete recordings of Shostakovich and Prokofiev's symphonies, Dmitri Kitaenko and the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra have over the last four years been committed to Tchaikovsky's symphonic oeuvre. While many conductors have focussed on the first six symphonies, the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra and Dmitri Kitaenko are also presenting the reconstructed Seventh Symphony in addition to the Manfred Symphony. International music critics have praised the previously released recordings for the orchestra's exceptional achievement and especially for this dream team's unique approach to Tchaikovsky, with its penetrating structure as well as emotional authenticity eschewing mawkish sentimentality. Critics have dubbed their work “absolute top-quality recordings” and “an appealing cycle”.

©Matthias Baus 2013 ©Matthias Baus 2013

Photos: Gürzenich-Orchester/Matthias Baus