His homeland is Russia
Dmitri Kitaenko has begun recording Tchaikovsky's complete symphonic works for the record label OehmsClassics, and already the first fruit, the rarely heard “Manfred” Symphony, carries conviction through its combination of colourful splendour and a structurally precise and meticulously studied rendition. The mix of plasticity, rich vibrancy, and supreme overview prove Kitaenko to be a conductor in the best “old school” tradition: a result reminiscent of the Salzburg concerts he gave between 1979 and 1992. Kitaenko is concerned with a performance in the service of the music, not dazzling effects.
Salzburger Nachrichten, 24. Februar 2011