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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5; Pique Dame Overture / Dmitrij Kitajenko

Album Summary

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pique Dame
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

OehmsClassics now continues its SACD series with the Gürzenich Orchestra and its honorary conductor Dmitri Kitayenko with a release of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony. The program, recorded in March 2011 in Cologne, is rounded out by the Pique Dame Overture. The first two CDs in the series (Manfred and Symphony No. 6) received outstanding reviews from the international press.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
In a nutshell, an accurate but non-romantic performance in excellent sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Philharmonie, Cologne (03/20/2011-03/22/2011); Studio Stolberger Strasse, Cologne (03/20/2011-03/22/2011); Philharmonie, Cologne (03/2011); Studio Stolberger Strasse, Cologne (03/2011).


Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 Kitajenko
Would anyone like to guess at how many extant recorded versions there are of Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony? I don't know, and I offer no reward for anyone who does. HBDirect lists 117.
This new offering, with Dmitrij Kitajenko (a.k.a. Dmitri Kitayenko) on the Oehms label, clearly faces stiff competition against many versions, some admittedly now historical, from other famous conductors such as Abbado, Bernstein, Dorati, Fedoseyev, Gergiev, Jansons, Jarvi, Karajan, Mravinsky, Muti, Ormandy, Pletnev, Svetlanov, and Walter.
This CD has many things going for it - a full-blooded performance, excellent sound, and a small bonus in the form of the 4-minute overture to Tchaikovsky's opera Pikovaya Dama (The Queen of Spades). Cologne's famous Guerzenich Orchestra, which dates back to 1827, offers splendid playing under the famous Russian conductor Dmitrij Kitajenko.
Should you buy it? If you already own a favorite version, you may not want another one. If you're looking for a new version or you're a Kitajenko fan, this version will probably please you.
Ted Wilks
Submitted on 03/12/12 by Ted Wilks 
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>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
  • Ensemble: Gurzenich-Orchester Koln
  • Notes: Philharmonie, Cologne (03/20/2011-03/22/2011)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Pique Dame :: Overture
  • Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1890