Concert Reviews

Dec 3, 2021

DVORAK – KONSERTHUSET, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

25 November 2021
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

“Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 – “From the New World” – is the kind of glorious classic you think you’ve heard too many times in the past, but which under Saraste’s direction appeared like a new love.”

26 November 2021
Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter

Oct 22, 2021

BRUCKNER – KONCERTHUSET, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

7 October 2021
Danish National Symphony Orchestra

…it takes something special to create an organic interpretation of this symphony. 
… it’s of a simply terrifying tonal art, and Saraste let it stand in all its splendour, without overpowering horns and trombones. In the same fine way, he portrayed the extreme contrast – the following, quieter theme which is woven into the strings – with a focus on restrained expressiveness and tonal homogeneity.

12 October 2021
Valdemar Lønsted, Information

“If you listened on Thursday evening, you heard that Saraste chose the full-blooded approach to Bruckner’s work.”

“Saraste formed Bruckner freely, relatively slowly… Those who followed attentively, … had a lot to talk about afterwards.”

9 October 2021
Thomas Michelsen, Politiken

Jun 1, 2021

REIMANN: “LEAR” – BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER, MUNICH, GERMANY

23 May 2021
Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Christian Gerhaher

“”Lear”, one of the wildest, most demanding and oppressive scores, is … superbly and unravelled and developed by Jukka-Pekka Saraste in the most natural way. ”

 

25 May 2021
Markus Thiel , Münchner Merkur

Mar 10, 2020

MAHLER – MUSÉE D’ORSAY, PARIS, FRANCE

6 March 2020
Orchestre de Paris

“… the deeply respectful and intelligent leadership of Jukka-Pekka Saraste, passionate in this concert by the l’Orchestre de Paris at the Philharmonie… ”

10 March 2020
Vincent Guillemin, ResMusica.com
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Mar 7, 2020

MAHLER – PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS, FRANCE

6 March 2020
Orchestre de Paris, Stéphane Degout

“(Saraste) offered a highly structured, elaborate and epic reading of the symphony. All four movements were closely linked, and threw into sharp relief the entire Orchestre de Paris, which gave the very best of itself.”

5 March 2020
José Pons, Olyrix.com

Jan 28, 2020

FAGERLUND/SHOSTAKOVICH – BARBICAN HALL, LONDON, ENGLAND

24 January 2020
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Karen Cargill

“…a superbly shaped performance of Shostakovich’s Eighth Symphony under Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s lean, focused direction. There is no redemption or silver lining in this wartime masterpiece, just trauma and terror followed by spiritual exhaustion. I was an emotional wreck by the end; I can’t imagine how the players felt.”

27 January 2020
Richard Morrison, The Times

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Nov 24, 2019

MAHLER 9 – GOTHENBURG CONCERT HALL, SWEDEN

13 & 15 November 2019
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

“Finnish star conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, renowned for his interpretations of Mahler’s music, introduced the first movement with an almost impressionistic sound; sparkling and shimmering. The melodies and the rapid turns were articulated with such feeling that one couldn’t help being swept away.”

“A highly sensitive performance — as luminous and clear as star dust”

18 November 2019
Monika Tunbäck-Hanson, Gp.se

Nov 8, 2019

MAHLER 8 – OSLO OPERA HOUSE, NORWAY

4 November 2019
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra & Norwegian National Opera Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic Choir, Norwegian National Opera Chorus & childrens choir

“Jukka Pekka Saraste demonstrated a liberating musical serenity, allowing Mahler’s genuine message to take centre stage. The Finnish Conductor was concise and secure at all times, a necessary condition for this work to be successful. The strings played with breathtaking beauty, and the expression of the winds shifted from sweetness to raw power as needed. The finale was formidable, eliciting an overwhelming response from the audience. 

The effect of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is deeply persuasive when everything works, when we as listeners experience that the multiple elements that make up our existence each has its own place. This lends inspiration, reflection, and insight. We need more of this.”

6 November 2019
Espen Selvik, Dagbladet.no

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Jul 15, 2019

MAHLER – COLOGNE PHILHARMONIE, GERMANY

5 July 2019
WDR Sinfonieorchester, Alban Gerhardt, Igor Levit, Pekka Kuusisto

“No matter what comes next, the Cologne audience will miss the man. … It has been impressive to witness how much the string group’s density of sound and intensity of phrasing has improved during his time. … Finally, Mahler’s Fifth. This was clearly a home game, where the orchestra returned the input invested with all possible vigour and brilliance. … A conductor with less style and taste might be tempted to show off, but the Maestro remained down to earth.”

8 July 2019
Markus Schwering, Kölner Stadtanzeiger

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