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Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, July 2016

The…thing that struck me about Kitayenko’s take on both works is that he is in NO hurry. …And Kitayenko hardly dawdles when it counts: the blaze of glory at the end of III is positively breathtaking.

I have to say this is one of the finest recordings of the symphony I’ve heard… © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, July 2016

…we get a natural, enthusiastic performance in which Kitayenko applies his experience with authority while avoiding the feeling of routine that experience often brings. The Gürzenich musicians are swept up in the spirit of the proceedings, captured in state-of-the-art sound. The best part are the first two movements; …Kitayenko brings welcome freshness to the score. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Richard A. Kaplan
Fanfare, July 2016

The overall impression is that of an easygoing, affectionate reading. The strings sound pleasingly full, and the wind solos are attractive; the sound is detailed, with a firm bass. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review




Infodad.com, March 2016

…Kitajenko’s handling of both the symphonies and the other works is sonorous, committed and filled with revelatory touches, showing Kitajenko to be not only a skilled interpreter of Rachmaninoff but also a particularly thoughtful one. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



James Norris
Audiophilia, March 2016

These are fine performances particularly the symphony and well worth a listen. © 2016 Audiophilia Read complete review



Film Music: The Neglected Art, January 2016

The second movement features a theme that is performed by first a solo violin and then the woodwind section. The strings are sweeping and nicely flowing. The final movement an allegro vivace, begins quietly with the woodwinds but quickly moves into the Dies irae theme followed by a lively Spanish/Russian dance filled with orchestration that reminds me of Rimsky-Korsakov. © 2016 Film Music: A Neglected Art Read complete review



Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, January 2016

Kitajenko is an unfussy interpreter not prone to excesses of tempo or emotion in these works. If I had to characterise the performance style at all it would be broad and powerful. In this he is backed to the hilt by the superb Gürzenich-Orchester with excellent engineering to boot. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Gutman
Gramophone, January 2016

Kitaenko secures comparably excellent playing and the sound is at once spacious and well focused. Interpretatively speaking the picture is more mixed. This is broad, reflective, perhaps deliberately old-fashioned Rachmaninov… Textures are detailed as well as sumptuous… © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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