Dmitri Kitajenko, Conductor
Concert With Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Politiken, 16 March 2011
The rehearsals must have revived old love. Without exaggerated movements Kitajenko with the white mane made the orchestra soar in Rachmaninov's Symphony no. 2 - a symphony which lasts a full hour. A symphonic work in wide screen. Already in the beginning, with a refreshing lightness in the strings, one felt, that this could be great in many ways , not only the duration. Rachmaninov's straightforward late romantic style has made the spine in more Hollywood scores than one can count. The way the composer unfolds abundant, well written melodies in the four movements, a big romantic like Sibelius can seem almost light in comparison.
Songs From The Plains
Jyllandsposten, 16 March 2011
Kitajenko, who was a regular guest with the DR Symphony Orchestra in the the 1990's, brought the deep contrasts forward in the works by the three Russian masters Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. The composers have widely different temperaments. Stinging pain and dazzling beauty.