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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4 [Dmitrij Kitajenko] [Oehms Classics: OC671] [Hybrid SACD, SACD]

Gurzenich-Orchester Koln , Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky , Dmitrij Kitajenko Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Dmitrij Kitajenko
  • Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Oehms Classics
  • ASIN: B00E9HG2XE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con animaCologne Gurzenich Orchestra19:20Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: II. Andantino in modo di canzonaCologne Gurzenich Orchestra10:26Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - AllegroCologne Gurzenich Orchestra 6:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36: IV. Finale: Allegro con fuocoCologne Gurzenich Orchestra 9:25Album Only
Listen  5. Capriccio Italien, Op. 45Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra16:42Album Only

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Kitajenko's Tchaikovsky cycle has been unanimously lauded as a reference cycle by the press. This new recording is the penultimate in the series.

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Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne - Dmitrij Kitajenko, direction

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kitajenko's Tchaikovsky 21 Oct 2013
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Although a well-known and senior Russian conductor, Dimitrij Kitajenko was unknown to me before I heard him conduct Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky with the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin in a marvellous concert. His Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" was deliberate and savage in its despair, and his appearance and technique reminded me of Celibidache. So when I heard of his Tchaikovsky cycle, I turned to my supplier, Amazon, to order his rendition of the 4th which does not disappoint. Kitajenko records with the Gurzenich-Orchester of Cologne on a hybrid SACD disc with great sound. In fact, I usually prefer Redbook CD over SACD, considering the latter a bit "soft", but this disc on the OEHMS label is very good indeed, as the final movement of the 4th, with its brilliant use of Russian folk melodies and percussion, will impress your ears and your neighbors if you are not careful. Like his version of the 6th, Kitajenko takes the 4th symphony at a deliberate pace which heightens the drama of the piece but doesn't fail to capture the delicacy of the sighing woodwinds and pizzicato strings of the 2nd and 3rd movements. While there may be better versions out there, Kitajenko's is worth having and generously adds a pleasant version of the composer's Capriccio Italien as dessert after the intensity of the main-course symphony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tchaikovsky is Alive 26 Mar 2014
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We have heard so many versions of this work in the catalogue , some very-good and many hackneyed performances. It's nice to come across an honest performance as this one. Kitajenko fires up the Gurzenich-Orchester Koln in a manner of Marvinsky recordings with the St Petersburg Philharmonic. The Capriccio Italian is the best I've heard on disc. It's all so good, Just buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Polished, if not overtly exciting 10 Feb 2014
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Under Maestro Kitajenko’s direction, the opening fanfare sounds elegant and regal, developing smoothly into its flowing, ballet-like second and third segments. Here, Tchaikovsky tells us that "life is a constant alternation between hard reality and fleeting dreams of happiness." Kitajenko might have contrasted these ideas more than he does, his reading a bit on the leisurely side, yet he draws out the melodies confidently, leaving us with an unmistakeable feeling of optimism. What's more, the venerable Gurzenich Orchestra Cologne play richly and effectively for him, giving the performance a rightful luster and polish.

While I’ve never thought the Andantino that follows as one of the composer’s most inspired pieces of writing, I admit it does help bring the music (and the listener) back down to earth after the exhilaration of the first movement, and in a few minutes it does finally open up nicely. It is, however, this second movement that works best for Kitajenko. His relatively relaxed approach appropriately expresses the music's overall tranquility and its touch of Russian melancholy.

There follows a playful little Scherzo, providing further relief before the big finale. Kitajenko projects the pizzicato rhythms of the movement with a charming ease, his gentle view of these capricious imaginings as delightful as any you'll hear.

Then there’s the concluding movement with its famous Russian folk song and its abundance of energy. It is really only in this Finale, which the composer marked "Allegro con fuoco" (fast and fiery) that Kitajenko probably could have shown a more red-blooded attitude. Not that he doesn't build up a heady sense of excitement at times, especially at the end, but the interpretation doesn't always produce the joy one might expect. Still, I quibble; Kitajenko does for the most part have the measure of the music and imparts to it a noble sense of Russian spirit.

The coupling on the disc is Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, which he wrote in 1880 after a carnival in Rome inspired him. The piece is redolent of Italian folk tunes, street songs, and martial music, forming an excess of vigorous melodies throughout. Tchaikovsky called it "an Italian fantasy on folk melodies." Here, too, Kitajenko is at his best in the quieter moments, which are quite beguiling. This is a pleasantly amiable Capriccio rather than an overtly thrilling one.

Oehms Classics recorded the music at Studio Stolberger Strasse, Cologne, in 2010 and 2011. It comes on a hybrid two-channel/multichannel Super Audio Compact Disc playable in two-channel stereo on any ordinary CD player and in two-channel stereo and multichannel on an SACD player. I listened in two-channel stereo using a Sony SACD player. The sound is very full and widespread, slightly soft and warm, with a somewhat limited dimensionality but a realistic sense of ambient bloom. The engineers capture the dynamics fairly well, with moderate transparency in the midrange and at least adequate extensions of the bass and treble, if a touch strident in louder sections of the Capriccio.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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