Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 3, 'Polish', Op 29

Magazine article Gramophone

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 3, 'Polish', Op 29

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Symphony No 3, 'Polish', Op 29.

The Sleeping Beauty--Suite, Op 66a

Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra / Dmitri Kitaenko

Oehms (F) *** 0C670 (68' * DDD/DSD)

'Polish' on Kitaenko's Cologne Tchaikovsky symphony cycle

Dmitri Kitaenko's Tchaikovsky symphony cycle continues to provoke decidedly mixed emotions within me. Admiration, certainly, for the expertly honed orchestral contribution and 'take you there' impact of the recorded sound achieved by the WDR production team in Cologne; but the wayward Third needs every last drop of charisma, swagger and conviction from its performers if it is to succeed, and those selfsame qualities are precisely what I miss in this admittedly proficient display. Granted, Kitaenko does manage to distil the necessary potent mix of bardic mystery and aching poignancy in the symphony's magical Andante elegiaco centrepiece (that glorious, long-breathed string cantilena at its heart is indisputably one of the composer's most inspired creations), and the ensuing Scherzo skips along with precisely the right Mendelssohnian daintiness. But elsewhere, for too much of the time, this remains a stubbornly earthbound, surprisingly po-faced affair, with a second movement that is unhelpfully heavy on its pins and both outer movements prone to lapse into dutiful routine. …

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