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Alexander Kitschin conducts Tchaikovsky and Glazunov - PASC268

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Alexander Kitschin conducts Tchaikovsky and Glazunov - PASC268-CD
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Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Berlin State Opera Orchestra

conducted by Alexander Kitschin

Recorded 1928/9

Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn
Cover artwork: detail from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky by Nikolay Kuznetsov, 1893
Special thanks to Nathan Brown and Charles Niss for providing source material

Total duration: 72:21
©2011 Pristine Audio


Fascinating, individualistic orchestral recordings by Kitschin

Obert-Thorn transfers of this almost-unknown conductor demand your attention!

  • GLAZUNOV Stenka Razin, Symphonic Poem, Op. 13 [notes]
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
    Recorded 1928 in Berlin

    Matrix nos.: 968 ½ bm, 969 ½bm, 970 bm and 971 bm
    First issued on Grammophon/Polydor 95088 and 95089

  • TCHAIKOVSKY Ouverture Solennelle '1812', Op. 49 [notes / score]
    Ural Cossacks Choir
    Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

    Recorded 1928 in Berlin

    Matrix nos.: 857 ½ bm, 859 bm, 860 ½ bm and 858 bm
    First issued on Grammophon/Polydor 95054 and 95055

  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 [notes / score]
    Berlin State Opera Orchestra
    Recorded 1928 and 1929 in Berlin

    Matrix nos.: 687 Bi I, 688 Bi I, 689 Bi I, 690 Bi I, 843 bm, 844 bm, 845 bm, 616 bm, 617 bm, 621 bm, 622 bm
    First issued on Grammophon/Polydor 95056 through 95061

Alexander Kitschin, conductor

Producer and Audio Restoration Engineer:  Mark Obert-Thorn


Notes on the recording:

Virtually nothing is known about conductor Alexander Kitschin, save for the fact that he was married to soprano Xenia Belmas (1889 - 1981), emigrated with her from the Soviet Union to Germany in 1921, and moved to South Africa with her in 1938. He accompanied her on a number of opera aria recordings made for Grammophon/Polydor in the late 1920s – and these three lone orchestral recordings. Kitschin’s interpretations appear to be in the tradition of such other colorful, highly individualistic Russian-born interpreters as Coates and Golovanov; and from the evidence presented here, he was clearly in their league.

The sources for the transfers presented here were German Polydor pressings. The cuts in the finale of the Tchaikovsky Fifth were not dictated by 78 rpm side lengths; indeed, the symphony ran to eleven sides, and a violin solo was added to fill out the album. The original discs were credited to “The Opera-Orchestra, Berlin”. WERM claims this is the Berlin-Charlottenburg Opera Orchestra, but the horn player in the second movement appears to be the same one featured in Leo Blech’s Berlin State Opera Orchestra recording of two years later (Pristine Audio PASC 181), albeit without the cracked note that mars his solo there.

Mark Obert-Thorn, reissue producer




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