News/Reviews

Jul 29, 2014

Tammisaari Festival 15th Anniversary

Jukka-Pekka and the Finnish Chamber Orchestra return to Tammisaari for four concerts.

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Jun 1, 2014

DVORAK/BRAHMS – Great Festival Hall, Salzburg, Austria

22 May 2014
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Vilde Frang

“Brahms as it should be”

23 May 2014
Christiane Keckers, Salzburger Kulturzeitung

May 21, 2014

JUKKA-PEKKA AND THE WDR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RETURN TO SALZBURG

Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne return to Salzburg for their second residency at the Großes Festspielhaus, with concerts on 21, 22 and 23 May.

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May 15, 2014

LUTOSLAWSKI/BRUCKNER – Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany

2,3&4 May 2014
Konzerthausorchester Berlin

“A curiously exciting reading which never got boring…the final movement in particular developed a tremendous energy. The Konzerthausorchester convinced with a present string sound, wisely restrained brass and soulful woodwinds….

Saraste is a conductor of subdued emotionality who does not require superficial effects to tout this music, which is impressive enough as it is.”

5 May 2014
Benedikt von Bernstorff, Der Tagesspiegel

Apr 24, 2014

CONCLUSION OF BEETHOVEN CYCLE WITH RADU LUPU IN HELSINKI

The final concert of the Beethoven cycle with Radu Lupu and the Finnish Chamber Orchestra takes place on 26 April at the Helsinki Music Centre.

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Apr 14, 2014

SCHUMANN/BRUCKNER – ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON

9 April 2014
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Renaud Capuçon

“In Saraste’s lithe reading, the wraithlike clarinet and oboe, heroic solo horn, handsome trombones and firmly accented strings combined in a drama rich with Wagnerian characters, faint echoes of Beethoven, and hints of the greater landscapes to come in Mahler’s symphonies.”

11 April 2014
Anna Picard, The Times (UK)

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Apr 2, 2014

Rachmaninov/Beethoven – Cologne Philharmonie, Germany

27&28 March 2014
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, Anna Vinnitskaya

“Jukka-Pekka Saraste at the conductor’s stand endeavored to have some of the fourth symphony’s spirit resonate with the entire concert. This concerned the intonation, concise despite all the sumptuous violins, the clarity of lines and details, and altogether the relinquishment of the kind of perfumed sentiment, the bath of milk and honey, which sometimes makes Rachmaninov so unpalatable. …

Saraste continued his involvement with Beethoven by bringing the dramatically sharpened surface and the reverse parts of the fourth symphony into an exciting relation – supported by the WDR musicians with their rousingly splendid playing.”

31 March 2014
Markus Schwering, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

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Mar 30, 2014

Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Symphony in Cologne and the Baltic with Brahms and Beethoven

Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Symphony Orchestra perform concerts in the Philharmonie before touring to Warsaw, Vilnius and Tallinn.

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Mar 25, 2014

Mahler Symphony No.6 – Oslo Concert Hall, Norway

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Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra

‘’…an experience testing the limits of endurance…”

“From earlier meetings I often think of Mahler’s sixth symphony as Saraste’s speciality. After this performance, that impression is only more strongly reinforced. Further, the Oslo Philharmonic rose to the challenges posed by both Mahler and Saraste. With Saraste more energetic on the podium than I can remember ever having experienced him before, the musicians gave it everything they had. The result was devastating, ranging from the most delicately tender to the overwhelming; cascades of sound drenching us without any significant attempts by the composer to soften the effect.

Mahler’s sixth symphony can only sound like this if there is a good rapport between conductor and orchestra. On Thursday night this was at its very best.”

8 March 2014
Ståle Wikshåland, Dagbladet

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