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Apr 22, 2018

BEETHOVEN – COLOGNE PHILHARMONIE, GERMANY

23&24 February 2018
WDR Sinfonieorchester, Christiane Karg,Ingeborg Danz, Maximilian Schmitt, Tareq Nazmi,
NDR Chor, WDR Rundfunkchor

“With his flexible conducting, he elicited a smooth and cultivated sound from his orchestra. Swift, but by no means forced tempi instilled a wonderful liveliness to the music.”

“…transparent sound, nuanced down to the smallest detail without neglecting the overarching line”

“The Pastorale was illuminated with all the refinement it deserves. Saraste created ravishing transitions, placing emphasis on seemingly trivial matters such as trills or simple accompanying figures, always keeping an eye on the overall form. … on the whole a wonderful performance.”

“…a captivating interpretation, leaving a fabulous impression. A mercurial first movement, a wonderfully poignant third, and finally a breathtaking Finale that left nothing to be desired…”

26 February 2018
Mathias Nofze, General-Anzeiger

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Mar 9, 2018

Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Profil – PH17085
“Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s series of Brahms symphonies with his WDR Symphony Orchestra is particularly exciting as a surprising approach is taken for each single work, according to its individual character. Saraste and his orchestra savour the Phrygian key of the slow movement’s main motif to the full, with perfect beauty of sound. The Allegro giocoso sounds powerful and exuberant, and the finale determined.”

klassik erleben, March 2018

Mar 4, 2018

Out now: Brahms Symphony No. 4

WDR Sinfonieorchester’s Brahms symphony cycle will be completed on March 16 with the release of Brahms’ 4th symphony, recorded at Kölner Philharmonie.
 
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Feb 14, 2018

MOZART/BEETHOVEN – KIRCHE SAANEN, GSTAAD FESTIVAL, SWITZERLAND

1 February 2018
Zürcher Kammerorchester, Radu Lupu

“Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 36 shines in glorious colours, captivates with taut dynamics and occasionally almost Mozartian lightness, displaying grace and finesse. The force of the entries never seems overbearing, clearing the way for dramatic climaxes”.

3 February 2018
Svend Peternell, Berner Zeitung

Jan 16, 2018

LAUNCH OF NEW MENTORSHIP SCHEME

Newly-founded organisation, LEAD! The Orchestra Project, provides mentorship programmes to develop confidence, communication- and leadership skills in young musicians.
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Dec 4, 2017

FINNISH INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS WITH THE SWEDISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

J-P and the orchestra mark one hundred years of Finnish independence with an all-Finnish programme at Berwaldhallen on 6 December.
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Nov 24, 2017

Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Profil – PH17057
“Saraste lays Brahms’s cards on the table rather than his own…the Adagio’s opening paragraphs have an earnestness about them as well as a sense of intimacy that runs parallel through the best of Brahms’s chamber music. The unfolding modulations…and the exquisite way they’re orchestrated is tellingly interpreted…

Symphonies Nos 1 and 3 in this series are similarly compelling…so if No. 4 proves to be as good this should become a Brahms cycle to reckon with.”

Gramophone Magazin, Rob Cowen, December 2017

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Nov 22, 2017

BEETHOVEN – COLOGNE PHILHARMONIE, GERMANY

17&18 November 2017
WDR Sinfonieorchester

Remarkably, this conductor and his orchestra succeed in expressing a very individual style of playing Beethoven. More precisely, there is a paradoxical combination of sobriety and fervour to be found …

The radiance arises entirely from the very precise realisation of inner musical processes – from razor-sharp articulation, minutely and strategically contrived crescendi, elaborate transitions between the formal sections and a great tonal vitality in the details that goes to the depths of the score.

As a result, an energy is created that can not be increased further, in the fast and slow passages alike, and which sometimes makes the sound virtually explode. This is by no means a cosy Viennese Beethoven — the orchestra plays without a safety net, with the listener perched, mentally breathless, on the edge of his chair.

… “Saraste’s Beethoven” is an occasion.

20 November 2017
Markus Schwering, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Nov 8, 2017

RECORDING OF BEETHOVEN CYCLE WITH WDR SINFONIEORCHESTER

J-P and WDR Sinfonieorchester embark on a recording cycle of all Beethoven’s symphonies for Haenssler.
 
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