Notes & Reviews:
Dimitri Kitajenko, Conductor of Honor of the Gurzenich Orchestra Cologne since March 2009, has already completed a number of highly praised CD projects that have also won a number of awards. Recording Tchaikovsky's complete symphonies is an undertaking that is particularly attractive because of the optimal conditions that now exist: the orchestra is in top form, today's high-resolution and multi-channel SACD recording technology provides opportunities that completely eclipse previous technology, and last but not least, the conductor who leads us through Tchaikovsky's symphonic works, Dimitri Kitajenko, is one of the last representatives of the great Russian conducting school. The symphonic cycle will open with the Manfred Symphony, a programmatic work based on the drama by English poet George Gordon Byron.
"This Oehms Classics album features the Gurzenich-Orchester Koln under Dmitrij Kitajenko, who truly brings out all of the positive attributes this symphony has to offer while minimizing its shortcomings. Kitajenko and orchestra deliver a powerful, vivid interpretation of Byron's melodrama set to music, striving to make it easily followed by audiences not likely familiar with the literary work. The orchestra's execution is meticulous in articulation, intonation, and balance. The result may not quite elevate "Manfred" to the level of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth symphonies, but it definitely makes listeners stop and take notice of a composition that might otherwise go unnoticed. Oehms' sound quality, particularly the spacious SACD layer, is clear and clean." -All Music GuideNotes & Reviews:
Recording information: Kölner Philharmonie (03/29/2009-03/31/2009).
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Works DetailsTchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
- Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
- Notes: Kölner Philharmonie (03/29/2009-03/31/2009)
- Running Time: 61 min. 22 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1885