Concert Reviews

Jul 7, 2015

BRUCH/SIBELIUS – ALHAMBRA, GRANADA, SPAIN

3 July 2015
Orchestre De Paris, Renaud Capuçon

“A night of epic dimensions…Jukka-Pekka Saraste has the very essence of this superb symphonic creation imprinted on his DNA…”

4 July 2015
José Antonio Cantón, El Mundo

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Mar 29, 2015

BRAHMS/SCHOENBERG/TCHAIKOVSKY – COLOGNE PHILHARMONIE, GERMANY

20 & 21 March 2015
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, Minguet Quartet

“In Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony – the “Pathétique” – Jukka-Pekka Saraste assumed a very clear approach…with a very sober tone and subdued emotions, and maybe precisely because of this, achieved an incredibly impressive overall effect. No laments in the outer movements, no worldly melancholy in the waltz, no infernal cheers of triumph in the march. … a surprising performance”

23 March 2015
Gerhard Bauer, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

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Feb 4, 2015

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

24, 25, 26, 30 January 2015
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Marina Piccinini

“Saraste assumes full risk here, chasing the orchestra into a trapeze act without a net…much ventured, much gained!”

2 February 2015
hd, Die Presse

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Jan 25, 2015

SIBELIUS/SHOSTAKOVICH – COLOGNE PHILHARMONIE, GERMANY

16 & 17 January 2015
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Frank-Peter Zimmermann

“Saraste controlled the waves of sound with a sure and sharpening hand”

19 January 2015
Christoph Zimmermann, Kölnische Rundschau

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Dec 12, 2014

MAHLER – GOTHENBURG CONCERT HALL, SWEDEN

11 & 12 December 2014
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

“A mesmeric Mahler Sixth”

“In Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s hands, Mahler’s Sixth Symphony is an unrelenting work which left the audience gasping for air at its stunning conclusion”
Five stars

12 December 2014
David Karlin, Bachtrack.com

Dec 9, 2014

BERLIOZ/DEAN/PROKOFIEV – BARBICAN HALL, LONDON

5 December 2014
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Håkan Hardenberger

“The BBC Symphony Orchestra had the music’s measure under Saraste’s exacting direction, whether the clarity of the cacophony or the unsettling stillness…there was much to compel during the emotional assault and strange suggestiveness that this great and graphic music exerts”

5 December 2014
Colin Anderson, Classical Source

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Dec 1, 2014

STRAUSS/BRUCKNER – Theater am Marientor, Duisburg, Germany

27 November 2014
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Paul van Zelm

“Saraste does not build Bruckner 7 like a resonant cathedral, but rather lets the “large symphonic snake”, as it was named by the music critic Eduard Hanslick (1825-1904), run past the listener without any excess pathos or dynamics. […] Saraste´s sober interpretation does not lack force nor spatial width. And Bruckner´s instrumentation mastery is even clearer thanks to every single bar’s clarity of sound.“

“It is fascinating, how softly the slow movement of Bruckner subsides with the sound of the Wagner tubas, and how distinctively yet smoothly the strings react to that. Saraste holds the brass instruments under control, so that he manages to create an almost perfect balance between the instrument groups. And that without any loss of greatness and vigour.”

29 November 2014
Pedro Obiera, WAZ

Oct 1, 2014

Rihm/Reinecke/Schubert – COLOGNE PHILHARMONIE, GERMANY

5&6 September 2014
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Xavier De Maistre

“A standard interpretation would not reveal the sense of this particular passage…to the listener – as its signals would remain buried in the depth of the score. Not so with a conductor of Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s stature… His interpretation of Schubert’s late work stems from Mahler – he unearths what is agitated and disturbing, and makes a compositional logic tangible which, while not that of Beethoven, does not miss out on the lyricism and the flow of the melodies.”

8 September 2014
MaS, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Sep 21, 2014

Rihm/Schubert – Berlin Philharmonie, Germany

17 September 2014
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Trio Jean Paul

“Diligence is the first duty of the interpreter if he wants to reveal the work in all its “ubiquitous abundance”. The Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste takes precision as a starting point and achieves a reading which is musical in the best sense. ”

19 September 2014
Sybill Mahlke, Tagesspiegel

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