News/Reviews

Jan 26, 2015

CELEBRATING SIBELIUS 150 YEARS

“It’s not easy to describe his work. There is some kind of intensity in it that isn’t related to anything else in music”
 
Plans for the Sibelius anniversary year in 2015
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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 28, 2014

New recording from the WDR Symphony Orchestra

Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Symphony release their recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on the Profil Hänssler label
 
 
Gramophone Magazine review
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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

Sep 16, 2014

JUKKA-PEKKA AND THE WDR SYMPHONY AT THE BERLINER FESTSPIELE

Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Symphony are in Berlin to perform a programme of Rihm and Schubert at the Philharmonie on 17 September.
 
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