Mar 25, 2014

Mahler Symphony No.6 – Oslo Concert Hall, Norway

“It is impressive how he can sustain multiple ideas at one time; that is to say, both the forward drive and the the intricate formation simultaneously. Herein also lies the key to how Saraste pushes both his interpretation and the audience to the extreme, also while portraying Mahler as a modernist.


Saraste casts the listener from one mood to the next without giving us a chance to prepare ourselves. He plunges the tragedy of the work into the body, way below the belt, and just thinking of his interpretation makes it a challenge to write these words. One finds this approach to the work also in his recording from 2010, but I think it was even more prominent in the Oslo Concert Hall.”

17 March 2014
Magnus Andersson, Klassekampen