"Moments of intense emotion" in Berlin
Dmitri Kitaenko, First Guest Conductor of Berlin's Konzerthausorchester, conducted two concerts on March 28 und 29, with Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony and Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto with Tanja Tetzlaff as soloist. The audience and the critics as well reacted enthusiastically to both of the concerts. Kitaenko was described as a conductor who always considers a composition as a whole, from the first few notes to the final measure, and thus is able to present the overall architectural structure of the music. 'Der Tagespiegel' published a ravishing review saying, that Kitajenko is able "to let the music happen, to create the soulful moment." In 'Stage And Screen' Sascha Krieger was enthusiastic about the emotional depth the conductor and soloist reached in Dmitri Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto and he pointed out, that in the Fourth Symphony, Tchaikovsky obviously "has made acquaintance with Shostakovich", before concluding that Kitaenko develops "a musical tension that has nothing in common with a beautiful romantic sound.""Der Tagesspiegel"