Press says Kitajenko's Iolanta is a reference recording
Piotr I. Tchaikovsky's opera Iolanta has been released on CD by OehmsClassics (OC 963). Under Dimitri Kitaenko's baton, the cast comprises Olesya Golovneva, Alexander Vinogradov as well as Andrei Bondarenko, the choir of the Cologne Opera and the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne. The recording was done live in 2014 at the Philharmonie in Cologne.
After 'Der Neue Merker' wrote, " … by no means it seems wrong to state that only the best possible artists were mobilized", the magazine Pizzicato has declared the new release a reference recording: "Seldom one is able to hear such a superb casting with only good singers, everyone being a top choice for his role. But the real hero is Dimitri Kitaenko whose direction of this beautiful, yet often neglected opera is magnificent. The Cologne forces respond wholeheartedly to his conducting und the recorded sound is great. So, undoubtedly, this Iolanta is the ultimate reference recording of Tchaikovsky's work."
The entire review by Remy Franck is here. http: // www.pizzicato.lu/die-referenzeinspielung-von-tchaikovskys-iolanta/