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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 4 / Capriccio Italien (Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Kitayenko)

Composer(s):Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Artist(s) Kitayenko, Dmitri, Conductor • Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue OC671
Label Oehms Classics
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Jerry Dubins,Fanfare,May 2014

This may be the best installment in Kitaenko’s entire cycle, and the earlier ones were very, very good. But here the Gürzenich Orchestra plays for the conductor in a way I’ve not heard before. The ensemble’s players sound absolutely inspired, rising to shattering brass and timpani climaxes, then falling back to caress the delicate tendrils of Tchaikovsky’s wispy flute and clarinet filaments. This is extraordinary playing, and Oehms’s SACD recording penetrates deep into the orchestra to hear and convey it all.

Strongly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,February 2014

The noted Russian conductor Dmitrij Kitajenko concludes his survey of the six numbered Tchaikovsky symphonies and Manfred with this final recording in the series, the Fourth Symphony. As he did in his previous outings, he is able to inject a little new life into an old warhorse.

Under Maestro Kitajenko’s direction, the opening fanfare sounds elegant and regal, developing smoothly into its flowing, ballet-like second and third segments…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.


Review By Robert Benson,,February 2014

Dmitri Kitajenko concludes his fine Tchaikovsky symphony on Oehms with this splendid performance of Symphony No 4. Solid musical values here, superb playing and pleasing audio…The SACD is filled with with one of the best…performances…of Capriccio Italien you’ll ever hear. A worthy issue to the Tchaikovsky catalog. © 2014 Read complete review

Review By Blair Sanderson,,January 2014

Dmitri Kitayenko and the Gürzenich Orchester Köln have…demonstrated a great affinity for this composer…the sound quality is exceptionally clear and focused, thanks to the label’s fine audiophile technology. This is Romantic music in every sense, and Kitayenko employs a reasonable amount of rubato to heighten tension, and the orchestra plays with passion and intensity…But most listeners in the market for a recording of the Fourth will find this performance quite acceptable because it is comfortably predictable, and the reliability of the Oehms label for excellent hybrid SACDs makes this a good choice. The filler work is the sunny Capriccio Italien, and if the Gürzenich players are intense in the Fourth, they are exuberant in this catchy


Review By,December 2013

The final entry in Dmitrij Kitajenko’s Tchaikovsky cycle for Oehms confirms Kitajenko as one of the best Tchaikovsky interpreters today and one of the most sensitive to the changing moods of the symphonies. The huge tone-poem-like first movement of the Fourth is highly dramatic here…by and large, what Kitajenko does is to give Tchaikovsky his due both in pacing and in orchestration, allowing the music its natural flow and making the symphony both expansive and highly dramatic. Capriccio Italien is nicely done, too, helped by the outstanding playing of the brass of the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln. This is a notably successful recording whose very fine SACD sound aptly complements Kitajenko’s careful attention to instrumental balance and the overall


Review By Dave Billinge,MusicWeb International,November 2013

This completes Kitajenko’s cycle of the seven standard Tchaikovsky symphonies, including Manfred.

Though I have not heard all of Kitajenko’s Tchaikovsky recordings, this present issue fits the approach he has taken in 1, 6 and Manfred…of adopting broader…tempi than most but being prepared to use considerable rubato as required. A conductor of his pedigree, Russian born and trained, fourteen years with the Moscow Philharmonic must know this music extremely well and any interpretive decisions he takes must be respected. Additionally, he uses the magnificent Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne who must rank among the finest in the world…



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