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Treasures of World Music performed by Dmitri Kitayenko

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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002320

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 2nd March 2015



Firma Melodiya presents a boxed set dedicated to the 75th anniversary of one of the outstanding contemporary Russian conductors, Dmitri Kitayenko.

Today he can be undoubtedly considered one of the five or six best conductors of the world. This phenomenon is out of the ordinary”, Herbert von Karajan wrote about Kitayenko after the young Soviet conductor gave a brilliant performance at the international competition in Vienna, receiving the second prize and winning the hearts of the Viennese audience and media. Evgeny Svetlanov also greeted his younger colleague on the pages of the Soviet press as a talented and promising conductor.

A graduate of the Leningrad Conservatory who also completed a postgraduate course at the Moscow Conservatory and a training course at the Vienna Academy of Music, Dmitri Kitayenko had a brilliant start to his conducting career. From 1976 to 1990 he headed the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. Under his leadership the celebrated orchestra substantially expanded its repertoire and actively toured.

During recent decades, the conductor worked with the orchestras of Western Europe, Japan, South Korea and the United States and regularly recorded.

This 6 CD set includes recordings made by Dmitri Kitayenko in the studio and in the concert hall between 1975 and 1987 with the orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra. The repertoire included showcases the conductor’s stylistic diversity and highest mastery.

These recordings will be of interest to those who remembers Kitayenko’s performances of the past years and to a new generation of listeners as well.

CD 1
- Edvard Grieg: From Holberg’s Time, a suite in olden style for string orchestra, Op.40
- Arcangelo Corelli: Suite for strings No.7 in D minor, Op.5
- Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Dances and Airs for Lute, Suite No.3
Total time: 50.29

CD 2
- Giacomo Puccini: Messa di Gloria for tenor, baritone, bass, mixed choir and orchestra (1880)
Total time: 45.16

CD 3
- Johannes Brahms: A German Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra
Total time: 72.54

CD 4
- Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93
Total time: 52.29

CD 5
- Gaetano Donizetti: Miserere for four solo voices, men’s chorus, violas, cellos, double bass and organ in G minor
- Sergei Rachmaninov: The Bells, a poem for orchestra and soloists based on Edgar Allan Poe’s poem translated by Konstantin Balmont, Op.35
Total time: 74.59

CD 6
- Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony No.1 in D major “Classical,” Op.25
- Richard Strauss: Dance suite after François Couperin (1941)
- Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Concert fantasia for piano and orchestra in G major, Op.56
Total time: 76.38

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