News/Reviews

Feb 4, 2015

SIBELIUS/NIELSEN/TCHAIKOVSKY – WIENER KONZERTHAUS, BREGENZ FESTSPIELHAUS, INNSBRUCK CONGRESS

“…extraordinary musical depth… the way in which Saraste, with gentle gestures, muted the fascinatingly homogenous orchestral sound to the most extreme pianissimo, was simply breathtaking…the highlight of the evening was the gripping performance of Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony”

26 January 2015
Werner M. Grimmel, SZOn Online

“One thing grows from another, musical developments appear natural, nothing is forced. Saraste never sentimentalises…impressive”

26 January 2015
OL, Kronen-Zeitung

“…the Finn Jukka-Pekka Saraste…cultivates an intense spiritual exchange with the musicians right from the beginning”

27 January 2015
Fritz Jurmann, VN Vorarlberger Nachrichten

“Saraste conducted Tchaikovsky’s Fourth… with a mix of nonchalance and precision. He created delicate pianissimi, push-started terrific escalations and built intense climaxes, yet kept his composure even during the richest of sentiments. (The Vienna Symphony) played collectively with vigour, concentration, determination and machine-like precision. An ovation ensued”

27 January 2015
Stefan Ender, Der Standard

“The elegant, graceful Finn has a special affinity to the wide-ranging sounds of the late romantic era. …. Tchaikovsky’s fourth Symphony concluded the evening weightily, excellently performed by the orchestra under Saraste’s baton. Sensitive wind solos defied a string sound to die for, tender as silk in the pianos and of downright painful intensity in the fortes”

27 January 2015
Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung

Pelléas and Mélisande…touchingly introvert atmospheric pictures with deeply felt love for detail, the focus wholly on the dark colours of the work…Then: Tchaikovsky’s Fourth. Saraste pushes, ventures directly into a stricken soul, oscillating between soaring enthusiasm and deepest despair.

Such force, such passion, such depth! Maximum esprit and musical intensity”

28 January 2015
hau, Tiroler Tageszeitung

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