Spanish tunes in Berlin
There is a Spanish colouring in both concerts which Dimitri Kitaenko will conduct on November 13 and 14 with the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin. The program begins with 'Carmen Suite' for string orchestra and percussion by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin. When Shchedrin was commissioned a ballet with the title 'Carmen', he could not imagine his work without the original melodies from Bizet's opera. So he tried to add something own to Bizet's music, calling it the "creative meeting of two minds".
A year ago, First Guest Conductor Dimitri Kitaenko and the Konzerthaus Orchestra presented the glittering Harp Concerto by Reinhold Glière to their audience. This year it is the turn of the Horn Concerto op. 91, a work which Maestro Kitaenko conducted five years ago, in 2010, with the Berlin Philharmonic. The Horn Concerto of the German-Russian Reinhold Glière is a substantial work with a rich melodic character. It gives the orchestra as well as the hornist the opportunity to impress with brilliant music. And this soloist is here the First Solo Horn of the orchestra, Premysl Vojta. The concert ends with Rimsky-Korsakov's brilliant and colourful Capriccio espagnol.