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Jim Svejda
Fanfare, January 2018

By far the best thing in the collection is Vladislav Sulimsky’s singing in the Songs and Dances of Death. His is a big, ringing Russian bass-baritone of the Old School which he uses with taste, intelligence, and tremendous skill, investing the words with the refined understanding of a born Lieder singer. It’s a confident, involving performance that ranks with the best on the market today… © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, November 2017

This music comes as second nature to Russian conductors, and Kitaenko follows Temirkanov in pressing hard on its intensity.

…Kitaenko is given very clear, full-impact sound, and his mezzo soloist in “The Field of Death” lament, Agunda Kulaeva, has the perfect rich timbre for the part. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review

John Quinn
MusicWeb International, September 2017

When I first listened to the Kitayenko performance straight through I liked much of what I heard. He has the benefit of a modern digital recording that delivers both punch and detail. The orchestra plays very well for him and the choir makes a fine contribution too. Kitajenko’s interpretation has plenty of drama.

…Abbado’s conducting is terrific: he instils great drama into the music and by now it’s clear that he has the best orchestra—and choir—at his disposal. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Benson, July 2017

These are splendid, exciting performances of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain given here in its original extended version which will surprise those familiar only with the usual version. Vladislav Sulimsky is the powerful, sensitive soloist in Songs and Dances of Death. Kitayenko is a specialist in music of Prokofiev and has already recorded all of the concertos for piano and violin as well as the symphonies. © 2017 Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, May 2017

Once more, Dmitri Kitayenko is entirely in his element, when it comes to colours and moods in Russian music. Using the original version of Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain he releases tremendous orchestral forces, so that we feel the earth tremble and hear the dead moan. There is also one no less exciting performance of Songs and Dances of Death on this disc, followed by a very evocative version of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky. Great singing from the soloists and from the choir! © 2017 Pizzicato

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