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

Great musical success on a tour of Germany with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and in Frankfurt

Dmitri Kitaenko recently enjoyed great musical success on a tour of Germany with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and in subscription concerts with the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra in the Alte Oper.

Together with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra Dmitri Kitaenko completed a widely celebrated tour between 26 February and 5 March. The concerts in Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, Mannheim, Cologne, Hamburg, Essen and finally Düsseldorf, of which over half were fully sold out, were crowned with standing ovations and encores.  The programme featured Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Richard Strauss's Rosenkavalier Suite. Soloists Alison Balsom and Gerhard Oppitz gave convincing performances of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto and Scriabin's Piano Concerto in F-sharp minor respectively.  “Kitaenko does not simply rush from one high point to the next; instead he maintains the tension and lavishes loving attention on every detail”, wrote the Bonn Generalanzeiger. The Merker focussed on the “exciting crescendi and moments of spirited vigour” as well as the “finer points through which Kitaenko proved himself to be a conceptual thinker with an ear for detail”.  The Wiesbaden Kurier commented: “Dmitri Kitaenko and the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra gave especially convincing performances of the Beethoven.”

Dmitri Kitaenko and the Museum Orchestra enthralled their audiences in the Alte Oper with performances of Mussorgsky's “Night on a Bare Mountain” and Prokofiev's Fourth Symphony.  According to the Frankfurt Neue Presse “Kitaenko's assertive involvement maintained the balance, in turn spurring the wind section in particular on to top performances.”  The Offenbach Post characterised Dmitri Kitaenko as “imperturbable but also inexorable in his symphonic execution, whether of fluid or metronomic music”, drawing attention to the “softness of his sound, which was already his trademark when principal conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra”.