May 14, 2011

Mahler Symphony No. 9 Editor’s Choice in Gramophone

Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s recording of Mahler Symphony No. 9 with the WDR-Orchestra of Cologne on Profil (PH10035) has been awarded an Editor’s Choice in the March 2011 issue of Gramophone magazine. Edward Seckerson writes:  “Instinct and intellect combine perfectly in Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s perceptive reading. Mahler is all about weighing and balancing the extremes – heart and intellect, tempo and dynamics, tension and release – and Saraste’s judgement in such matters is sharp and instinctive.

Saraste and his excellent WDR Symphony Orchestra convey an almost startling defiance, with violins digging deep to convey a truly Bernsteinian full-throatedness. This burgeoning hymn has cantorial roots, make no mistake. But it’s the tension between defiance and resignation that really shows Saraste’s perception and understanding. Mahler’s life passes before him in aching slow motion – not literally, as with Bernstein, but through the delicate balance of what is outwardly said and inwardly felt.”

To read the full review click here.