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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2013

…the exceptional care Kitaenko takes to bring out the “Polacca” element in the finale, which gives the Third Symphony its “Polish” nickname, exemplifies Kitaenko’s overall approach. This is a fine penultimate addition to Kitaenko’s cycle, and it can be unreservedly recommended. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Colin Clarke
MusicWeb International, September 2013

Kitaenko is a superb conductor, pacing the first movement to perfection. The woodwind’s way with the opening of the second movement Alla tedesca is most appealing, charming and sophisticated, characterised by an underlying tenderness. There are fine woodwind contributions to the Andante elegiaco, just as there are beautifully songful string passages lovingly balanced by Kitaenko, who seems to have a fine ear for texture. The finale includes some superb string articulation in the imitative sections, and Kitaenko is excellent at tracking the various moods. Orchestral playing throughout is perfectly on the ball, and the rousing conclusion is highly impressive in this recording.

A rewarding disc, without doubt. A sonic and musical triumph, it holds much to delight. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Remy Franck
Pizzicato, August 2013

Ahead of the so called fatum symphonies (4–6), Kitajenko presents Tchaikovsky’s Third as a journey into the composer’s tormented soul, leading the listener in parts of it where a clear description of feelings is no longer possible. It is right there where the mystery begins… © Pizzicato, July 2013

Extended series of releases that produce the same high quality time after time are always a joy to discover. Dmitrij Kitajenko’s Tchaikovsky sequence for Oehms is one such…Kitajenko has shown himself to be a thoughtful and intelligent interpreter of Tchaikovsky’s symphonic output. An intriguing element [of the symphony] is the somewhat slower-than-usual finale, which Tchaikovsky marked Allegro con fuoco and which certainly gets the forceful treatment from the excellent Gürzenich-Orchester Köln. As for the Sleeping Beauty Suite, it has all the charm and poise of the ballet from which it is drawn, and its concluding Valse is as lovely in this performance as it can be. © 2013 Read complete review

John Miller, May 2013

I really enjoyed this latest installment of the Kitajenko Tchaikovsky series. Enthusiastic collectors of the set so far will not be disappointed and will purchase automatically, and others have another top quality reading… © 2013 Read complete review

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