New in October: the first CD in the Rachmaninoff cycle
Following the complete symphonic recordings of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and finally Tchaikovsky, the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra are continuing their intensive and highly successful recording partnership with Dmitri Kitaenko. The first CD in the new Rachmaninoff cycle, Symphony No. 1 in D minor op. 13 and the symphonic poem The Rock op. 7, will be released on OehmsClassics on 27 October. The Kölner Stadtanzeiger wrote in a recent review: “Eastern European music played by the Gürzenich Orchestra under Dmitri Kitaenko, that is the guarantee of a top-notch performance!” Dmitri Kitaenko conducted the Cologne orchestra for the first time in 1987. Since then, through a musical partnership over almost 50 concerts, they have developed the utmost trust, polished interpretations and international acclaim, crowned by outstanding reviews and international record prizes. In 2009, the Gürzenich Orchestra named Kitaenko, originally from Leningrad, as their Honorary Conductor. - They are currently preparing Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. The opera in one act will be performed in a concert version as a co-production with the Cologne Opera in the Cologne Philharmonie on 17 and 19 October. The recording is due to be released in 2015.