Dmitri Kitayenko

Biography

Born: August 18, 1940  
Dimitri Kitaenko is among the leading Russian conductors of his generation. Though generally overshadowed by his contemporary Yuri Temirkanov, as well as older-generation figures like Kiril Kondrashin and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kitaenko has held several prestigious conducting posts and has made a spate of critically praised recordings for a variety of major labels in both operatic and symphonic repertory largely dominated by Russian Read more composers.

Kitaenko was born in Leningrad, on August 18, 1940. He studied conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory, then later at the Moscow Conservatory under Lev Ginzburg. With the thaw in the Cold War allowing greater artistic freedom in the Soviet Union, he moved onto the Vienna Conservatory where he studied under famed conductor Hans Swarowsky.

The most crucial event in Kitaenko's early career was his entry in the first Herbert von Karajan Competition in 1969, where he won first prize. The following year he was appointed artistic director at the Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater in Moscow, a post that allowed him to gain much experience in operatic repertory. He also began conducting the leading Russian orchestras and soon became a regular conductor at the Bolshoi. He traveled abroad, too, leading important operatic productions in Brussels, Vienna, and Munich.

In 1976 he was appointed principal conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, succeeding Kiril Kondrashin. During his 14-year stint in Moscow, Kitaenko made many recordings for the Soviet label Melodiya, his releases including the complete symphonies of Prokofiev, and various works by Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, and, surprisingly, Gershwin. In 1990 he left the Soviet Union for Western Europe, taking two conducting posts concurrently, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served until 1998, and the Hessischen Rundfunk Orchestra, Frankfurt, a post he held until 1996.

Among Kitaenko's first recordings to be released in the west was a 1991 Prokofiev disc on the Chandos label containing Alexander Nevsky and the Scythian Suite, made with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir. After 1998, Kitaenko regularly began appearing as a guest conductor in Europe, Japan, and the U.S. In the new century he has made a number of successful recordings, including the 2001 cycle of the five Prokofiev piano concertos, with his former Frankfurt orchestra and pianist Vladimir Krainev on the Elektra label. In 2005, Kitaenko finished recording the 15 symphonies of Shostakovich, and the set was issued on the Capriccio label to a quite favorable critical response. Read less

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Biography

Born: August 18, 1940  
Dimitri Kitaenko is among the leading Russian conductors of his generation. Though generally overshadowed by his contemporary Yuri Temirkanov, as well as older-generation figures like Kiril Kondrashin and Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kitaenko has held several prestigious conducting posts and has made a spate of critically praised recordings for a variety of major labels in both operatic and symphonic repertory largely dominated by Russian Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima
II. Andantino in modo di canzona
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
I. Andante sostenuto - Allegro vivo
II. Andantino marziale, quasi moderato
III. Scherzo and Trio: Allegro molto vivace
IV. Finale: Moderato assai - Allegro vivo
Theme: Moderato quasi andante
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
I. Lento lugubre - Moderato con moto
II. Vivace con spirito
III. Andante con moto
IV. Allegro con fuoco
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: I. Adagio - Allegro agitato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: I. Adagio - Allegro agitato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: II. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: II. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: III. Allegro deciso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: III. Allegro deciso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: IV. Allegro animato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: IV. Allegro animato
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: I. Adagio - Allegro agitato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: II. Allegro moderato
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: III. Allegro deciso
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: IV. Allegro animato
Ma Mère l'oye: I. Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant
Ma Mère l'oye: II. Petit Poucet
Ma Mère l'oye: III. Laideronnett, Impératrice des Pagodes
Ma Mère l'oye: IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Ma Mère l'oye: V. Le jardin féerique
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Ma Mère l'oye: I. Pavane de la Belle au Bois dormant
Ma Mère l'oye: II. Petit Poucet
Ma Mère l'oye: III. Laideronnett, Impératrice des Pagodes
Ma Mère l'oye: IV. Les entretiens de la Belle et de la Bête
Ma Mère l'oye: V. Le jardin féerique
8 Russian Folksongs Op. 58: Religious chant
8 Russian Folksongs Op. 58: Christmas carol
8 Russian Folksongs Op. 58: Plaintive song
8 Russian Folksongs Op. 58: Humorous song
8 Russian Folksongs Op. 58: Legend of the birds
8 Russian Folksongs Op. 58: Cradle song
8 Russian Folksongs Op. 58: Round dance
8 Russian Folksongs Op. 58: Village-dance song
The Firebird - Suite (1919 version): Introduction
The Firebird - Suite (1919 version): The Firebird and its dance
The Firebird - Suite (1919 version): Variation of the Firebird
The Firebird - Suite (1919 version): Variation of the Firebird
The Firebird - Suite (1919 version): Infernal dance of King Kashchei
The Firebird - Suite (1919 version): Infernal dance of King Kashchei
The Firebird - Suite (1919 version): Lullaby
The Firebird - Suite (1919 version): Finale
I. Largo assai - Allegro
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Vivace
IV. Allegro assai
I. Largo - Allegro giocoso
II. Allegro
III. Allegro risoluto alla marcia
IV. Allegretto vivace
I. Alborada: Vivo e strepitoso -
II. Variazioni: Andante con moto -
III. Alborada: Vivo e strepitoso -
IV. Scena e canto gitano: Allegretto -
V. Fandango asturiano. Vivo - Presto
I. Moderato assai - Allegro
II. Scherzo: Vivo - Trio: Moderato
III. Andante
IV. Allegro con spirito
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: I. Allegro molto moderato
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Andante maestoso
Alliluija: quarter note = 100 -
quarter note = 60, legato simile -
Alliluija: quarter note = 144, con spirito -
Alliluija: legato simile -
Alliluija: quarter note = 84-88 -
Vjeruju: quarter note = 60-66 -
Da ispolnjatsja usta maja: quarter note = 100-92
Act I: Introduction
Act I Scene 1: Romeo
Act I Scene 1: The Street awakes
Act I Scene 1: Morning Dance
Act I Scene 1: The Quarrel
Act I Scene 1: The Fight
Act I Scene 1: The Duke's Command
Act I Scene 1: Interlude
Act I Scene 2: Preparations for the Festivities
Act I Scene 2: Juliet - the Young Girl
Act I Scene 2: Arrival of the Guests: Minuet
Act I Scene 2: Masque
Act I Scene 2: Knight's Dance
Act I Scene 2: Juliet - Variation
Act I Scene 2: Mercutio
Act I Scene 2: Madrigal
Act I Scene 2: Tybalt meets Romeo
Act I Scene 2: Gavotte - The Guests depart
Act I Scene 2: Balcony Scene
Act I Scene 2: Romeo - Variation
Act I Scene 2: Dance of Love
Act II Scene 1: Folk Dance
Act II Scene 1: Romeo and Mercutio
Act II Scene 1: Dance of the 5 Couples
Act II Scene 1: Dance with Mandolins
Act II Scene 1: Nurse
Act II Scene 1: The Nurse brings Juliet's Message to Romeo
Act II Scene 2: Romeo at Friar Laurence's
Act II Scene 2: Juliet at Friar Laurence's
Act II Scene 3: The Festivities continue
Act II Scene 3: Folk Dance
Act II Scene 3: Tybalt's Meeting with Mercutio
Act II Scene 3: Tybalt's Struggle with Mercutio
Act II Scene 3: Mercutio's Death
Act II Scene 3: Romero Decides to avenge Mercutio's Death
Act II Scene 3: Finale
Act III Scene 1: Introduction
Act III Scene 1: Romeo and Juliet
Act III Scene 1: Farewell before Parting
Act III Scene 1: The Nurse
Act III Scene 1: Juliet's Hesitation
Act III Scene 1: Juliet alone
Act III Scene 1: Interlude
Act III Scene 2: At Friar Laurence's Cell
Act III Scene 2: Interlude
Act III Scene 3: At Juliet's
Act III Scene 3: Juliet alone
Act III Scene 3: Morning Serenade
Act III Scene 3: Girl's Dance with Lilies
Act III Scene 3: In Juliet's Chamber
Act IV Epilogue: Juliet's Burial
Act IV Epilogue: Juliet's Death
Prologue: Andante
First Part: I. Allegro moderato
First Part: II. Master Oluf's Ballade: Andante sostenuto - III. Allegro risoluto
Second Part: IV. Andante con moto - V. Andantino - VI. Andante sostenuto - Allegro molto
Third Part: VII. Morning Song: Andante con moto
Third Part: VIII. Andantino - Allegro non troppo - IX. Molto moderato
Epilogue: Andante sostenuto
Introduction
Scene 1: Night. Kastchei's Enchanted Garden
Scene 1: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
Scene 1: The Firebird's Dance
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
Scene 1: The Firebird begs to be released
Scene 1: The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo)
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich appears
Scene 1: The Princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance)
Scene 1: Daybreak
Scene I: Ivan Tsarevich, entering Kastchei's palace...
Scene 1: The Firebird enters
Scene 1: Infernal Dance of Kastchei and his subjects under the Firebird's magic spell
Scene 1: The Firebird's Lullaby
Scene 2: Kastchei's spell is broken, his palace disappears, and the Petrified Knights return to life. General Thanksgiving


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