Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

Saraste’s ability to conjure elastic details from the closely woven parts of the Fourth, which otherwise leaves little space within its dense fabric, is amazing .... - FonoForum More

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Next Concert

December 31


WDR Sinfonieorchester

Herbert Schuch, piano
Gülru Ensari, piano
WDR Rundfunkchor
DVORAK: Waltzes Op. 54 B 105
BRAHMS: Liebeslieder Waltzes Op. 52
POULENC: Concerto for Two Pianos
RAVEL: La Valse

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Berlioz: Requiem
WDR Sinfonieorchester
Kölner Dom 2017

In the Press

“Saraste’s first movement was given an emphatic, exhilarating reading…graceful and elegant in the Ländler, properly savage in the Rondo-Burleske. 

The final ‘dying’ movement was a glory…after almost inaudible closing bars, Saraste held the audience in the palm of his hand.”

Tonhalle Orchester Zürich

September 2018
– Seen and Heard International 

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The orchestra plays Bruckner, Beethoven and Shostakovich at the Salzburg Festpielhaus and Konzerhaus Vienna this November.

November 13, 2018 – Read more


Tour in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra

J-P takes the orchestra on a four-stop tour of Japan July 21-24

July 1, 2018 – Read more


First disc of Beethoven symphony cycle recording with WDR Sinfonieorchester out on June 1

The complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies was recorded live in Cologne at the Koelner Philharmonie in November 2017 and February 2018.

May 17, 2018 – Read more