Russian program at Berlin's Konzerthaus
With the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Dimitri Kitaenko, the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor, is performing works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninov on June 19, 20 and 21. Both of the composers are very close to him. He says: "Prokofiev is for me the most Russian of all composers: he completely belongs to Russia - with heart, intellect and soul ". On the program of the Berlin concerts is a suite from Prokofiev's ballet music 'Romeo and Juliet', one of the absolute masterworks among the composer's oeuvre.
Sergei Rachmaninov's 'The bells' has been recorded by Kitaenko for Melodiya, and this recording is being considered among connoisseurs as an absolute reference. Rachmaninov wrote this composition in Rome in 1912, using the well known poem by Edgar Allan Poe about the symbolic power of bells ringing for birth, life, and death. In Berlin Dmitrij Kitajenko can count on excellent vocal forces: famous Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, soprano Anna Samuil, tenor Sergey Skorokhodov and bass Alexander Vinogradov.