Notes & Reviews:
Georgian conductor Djansug Kakhidze belonged to the small but highly prestigious group of East European conductors who set up a cultural counterdraft to the political conflicts in the times of the cold war. He conducted almost ever A class symphony orchestra of his hemisphere and became a much-vaunted advocate of late romantic orchestral repertoire. Mvravinsky adored him for his Tchaikovsky interpretations and the Neue Zurcher Zeitung called him "the Georgian Karajan." He did not only put most of his emphasis on the sheer beauty of the orchestral sound, he also investigated the disaccords in the music and did not hesitate to unfold it. Together with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, which he founded in 1993, he shaped the character of music and, if necessary, went also to its limits. The anniversary collection consists of five volumes, which give a kind of summary of Kakhidzes artistic legacy. Each track has been carefully remastered in Berlin using the original source material.