Dimitrij Kitajenko (Dmitry, Dmitri, Dimitri, Kitayenko, Kitaenko)

Prokofjew: Die Sinfonien

I have reviewed a number of Prokofieff symphony cycles here at Classical Net, including the Gergiev (Philips 4757657), Ozawa (DG 463761-2), Kuchar (Naxos 8.553053, 8.553056, 8.553069), and by way of comparison in various reviews, Rozhdestvensky (Melodiya), Martinon (Vox), Weller (Decca), Kosler (Supraphon), Rostropovich (Erato) and Järvi (Chandos CHAN8400 & CHAN8401). Kitayenko recorded all the Prokofieff symphonies for Melodiya back in the 1980s, I believe, and this Phoenix Edition set comes to the market as the newest and aurally best of the eleven cycles in the Prokofieff symphony sweepstakes.
But it's not just the splendid sound reproduction that distinguishes this set – it's the insightful Kitayenko interpretations and splendid playing of the Gurzenich Orchestra.

Robert Cummings, 2008, classical.net