Feb 20, 2019


“Jukka-Pekka Saraste as third strong partner ensured that Mendelssohn’s classical harmonies sounded not only smooth, but together with the Schoenberg Choir produced a combination of beauty and intensity, physical volume and a welcome sharpness of contour.”

17 February 2019
Walter Weidringer, Die Presse

“This great performance was also primarily due to the RSO-Vienna under the direction of conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, which exuded an early-Romantic lightness paired with a Baroque clarity.”

18 February 2019
Ljubisa Tosic, Der Standard

“Jukka-Pekka Saraste created an atmostphere of high tension at the helm of the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, whose playing was lustrous, distinctive, and nuanced …”

18 February 2019
Peter Jarolin, Kurier

“Saraste… led us tenderly, with great nuance and colour through the oratorio. The opium of the people! This not only affected the barbaric scenes onstage, but also the entire audience … From the orchestra pit flowed a seductive fragrance…”

“It was wonderful to witness how perfectly the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien exuded this seductive poison, which sent the audience into a trance-like state. There seldom reigns such redemptive silence and calm in an opera house – in the audience, no less!”

20 February 2019
Jürgen Pathy,

“In an exemplary manner, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conducting the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, succeeded in creating an alliance of formal baroque austerity and romantic emotional warmth.”

April 2019
Gerhard Persché, Opernwelt