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Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, May 2013

The orchestra has a wonderful sound. The strings are especially rich and velvety—essential for Tchaikovsky…

The tempos are perfect…The affect is ideal, the flow natural. This is not a conductor showing off his bright ideas but one who loves the music and wants to put it across as well as possible. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide, February 2013

Kitajenko paces the symphony beautifully and without the extraneous rubato that many conductors feel obliged to bring to it, with the result that the work flows effortlessly and very pleasantly from movement to movement…the sonata-cum-variations form of the finale is particularly effective, concluding in a bright burst of upbeat enthusiasm that is scarcely a characteristic of most of Tchaikovsky’s works. The additional material on this very-well-recorded SACD makes a fine contrast with the symphony. Leonard Elschenbroich is a top-notch young cellist, with smooth and even tone throughout…and a lovely sense of proportion in the Variations on a Rococo Theme, whose wistfulness comes through clearly and pleasantly here…The famous slow movement of Tchaikovsky’s first string quartet gives Elschenbroich, backed up by the orchestra, further chances to be emotive and involving, and he takes full advantage of them, treating this lovely Andante Cantabile as an encore from which to extract sighs of audience enjoyment—which it does. © 2013 Read complete review

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