Notes & Reviews:
World Premiere Recording: After the release of the "Manfred" Symphony, which began the Cologne orchestra's Tchaikovsky cycle, Dmitri Kitayenko and the Gürzenich Orchestra take on the composer's more popular symphony, the "Pathetique." Kitayenko was appointed honorary conductor of the Orchestra in March 2009 and has studied in Moscow with Leo Ginzburg and in Vienna with Hans Svarovsky.
American Record Guide
... this is one of the finest recordings I've heard in a while, and certainly the single BEST Tchaikovsky performance I've ever heard from this conductor...
The Gürzenich-Orchester Köln is plainly a fine ensemble: poised, cultured, eminently articulate. The arrival of the first movement's second subject is well timed and tender, the tone not at all "overt", the phrasing very gracious. Beautiful clarinet-playing invokes a faded memory of it, a seamless switch to bass clarinet probing unfathomable darkness. But the seismic arrival of the development is at once too emphatic, too "controlled". As it spills over into that deep sostenuto in the strings, the sheer intensity of the sound is impressive with Kitajenko urging his first trumpet to twist the knife on the harmony. But still the feeling of a cool head prevails.
Recording information: Probensaal der Städt, Bühnen Köln (01/2010).
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Works DetailsTchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pathétique Symphony, Op. 74
- Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
- Running Time: 51 min. 6 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1893