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Oct 23, 2018

DEBUSSY/SAINT-SAENS/SIBELIUS – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, AUSTRALIA

“The visiting Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste opened the concert with a lush, carefully balanced performance of Debussy’s sublime Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

“..this is one of Saraste’s signature pieces, and he conducted it from memory with rhythmic and expressive accuracy. This restless symphony is formally fragmentary, but Saraste’s sweep integrated the many contrasting sections into an organic whole. The orchestra responded beautifully, with stirring grandeur from the brass and warmth from the strings.”

18 October 2018
Phillip Scott, Limelight Magazine

“Under Saraste’s precise leadership, the orchestra emphasised luminous colour, with everything beautifully placed yet sensuously languorous…Conducting from memory, (he) led a first movement of beautifully coloured, finely shaded motives, all exquisitely balanced…
This was orchestral playing of subtlety and refinement to create a sonic world of haunting beauty, tonal depth and magnificence.”

23 October 2018
Peter McCallum, Brisbane Times

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