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Infodad.com, March 2016

…this is a compelling performance, one that Kitajenko clearly thought through carefully and one that shows Rachmaninoff here offering thematic unity and careful craftsmanship—two characteristics that he is often accused of lacking, but that Kitajenko brings forth to striking effect. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2015

The Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra plays beautifully and…the recording is quite revealing in its granular transparency… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2015

The venerable Gürzenich Orchestra plays well for [Kitaenko], and although I was aware that the woodwind and brass soloists aren’t world class, the tenderness of the first clarinet singing his elegiac melody at the beginning of the third movement was touching. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, November 2015

The recorded sound is nice and full, with considerable impact… The playing of the Gürzenich Orchestra is excellent, the brasses—such an important part of the special sound-world of this work—being particularly distinguished. The third-movement clarinet solo is attractive… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, October 2015

This is an extraordinary performance of the Rachmaninoff Second Symphony.

As a bonus, you get Vocalise in a very unusual arrangement for counter-tenor and orchestra. Valer Sabadus’s voice is hauntingly beautiful, so if you for some reason need a dessert after the ultra-indulgent main course, you will be well-pleased. Outstanding all around. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Blair Sanderson
AllMusic.com, June 2015

If this album seems like any number of CDs with this pairing, be prepared for a surprise, because the Vocalise is performed by Valer Sabadus, a German countertenor whose florid voice may be more familiar from performances of Baroque opera. Assuming that most listeners will care more about the symphony, which Kitayenko and his orchestra play to perfection, this disc deserves high marks for its faithfulness to Rachmaninov’s expression, the richness of the orchestration, and its clear sound quality, notwithstanding the filler track. © 2015 Allmusic.com Read complete review





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