"Firepower" in Budapest
Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Russian Easter Overture', Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9, Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto as well as the Suite from 'Der Rosenkavalier' by Richard Strauss were on the program of four concerts which Dmitri Kitaenko conducted in April at the helm of the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Budapest and Györ. The critics reacted effusively and underlined that the works of Rimsky-Korsakov and Strauss "were performed to sheer perfection". Reportedly, the audience was enthusiastic about that music.
In the magazine Figaro, József Kling wrote about Kitaenko: "His white hair was glowing like a halo. Charming old man! He reminded me of Bernstein. But his conducting is more restrained than that of the American. Kitajenko has no show ambitions. But even with a more modest gesture there is plenty of firepower in the music. The orchestration is marvelously shaped, and atmosphere as well as mood are the most important characteristics." The conductor presented Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony as a "gourmet's delicacy" and gave it at the same time a lot of irony.
About the Prokoviev Concerto with Sergei Krylov 'bfz' wrote that it was "very fresh, very dynamic, very playful".