Dec 17, 2011

Kurtág/Bartók/Sibelius – Barbican Hall, London

“Principal Guest Conductor of this orchestra during 2002-05, Saraste is always a welcome visitor to London, not least because his programmes invariably contain something of interest.

[On the Sibelius’s Seventh Symphony] The way in which Sibelius gets a wholly different sound from almost identical forces is one facet of his orchestral genius. Again, there was precious little to fault in what was a fleet and incisive performance…

Saraste’s account impressed more through in its adroit handling of detail than projection of the ‘larger picture’: absorbing as it most often was.”

17 December 2011
Richard Whitehouse,

“Saraste’s interpretation was absolutely justifiable and it was impossible to leave without this, one of the very greatest of all symphonies, having made its mark yet again. Marvellous!”

19 December 2011
Christopher Gunning, Seen and Heard International