Oct 2, 2013

30th Anniversary concert of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

On Saturday 28th September the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a concert in Helsinki. Special guests included founder Jukka-Pekka Saraste, John Storgårds, Magnus Lindberg and many more.

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Sep 20, 2013

Jukka-Pekka Saraste wins Norwegian Music Critics’ Prize

Jukka-Pekka Saraste has won the Norwegian Music Critics’ Prize for his performances of Mahler 2 with the Oslo Philharmonic in May earlier this year.

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Sep 14, 2013

Season opening with the WDR Symphony Orchestra

On 13 September Jukka-Pekka Saraste opened the 2013/14 season with the WDR Symphony Orchestra.

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Aug 31, 2013

Beethoven/Sibelius – Wiesbaden Kurhaus, Germany

30 August 2013
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, Christian Tetzlaff

“Tetzlaffs strong partners were in Wiesbaden the orchestra and its chief conductor Saraste. The overall result was one of exorbitant vitality and elasticity, sophisticated dynamics and accentuation also of the orchestra parts.”

2 September 2013
Harald Budweg, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

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May 28, 2013

Mahler Symphony No.2 – Oslo Concert Hall, Norway

23 May 2013
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Øystein Fevang, Inger Dam-Jensen, Nathalie Stutzmann

“On the programme this evening was Mahler’s giant Second Symphony, a multifaceted piece, ending with perhaps one of the most glorious choral finales in all of music. It was a rather fitting piece for Saraste’s last concert as chief conductor: not only is the symphony with its theme of resurrection a rather fitting metaphor for the Oslo Philharmonic, but Saraste is also renowned for his interpretations of Mahler, of which there have been quite a few here in Oslo.

Jukka-Pekka Saraste has helped raise the musical level of the Oslo Philharmonic to quite possibly the highest they have ever been, something he definitely proved at Thursday’s concert.”

28 May 2013
Aksel Tollåli,

May 27, 2013

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

Profil Medien – PH13028

“Saraste’s WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln is on magnificent form in performances that feel bold, urgent and highly charged…this is an excellent release that I will reach for often.”

MusicWeb International, 27th May 2013

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May 7, 2013

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2/Sibelius Symphony No. 5 – Berlin Philharmonie, Germany

7 May 2013
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Arcadi Volodos

“Steeped in tradition, the Oslo Philharmonic has nevertheless seen its sound evolve in Saraste’s hands, a sound which seemed compact, never dry, perhaps even radiating that Nordic austerity, which sits naturally with Brahms so well.”

“Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts the music of his Finnish compatriot with great intensity. And gives the enthralled audience two encores as well.”

Badische Zeitung

May 1, 2013

Jukka-Pekka Saraste made conductor laureate of Oslo Philharmonic

Jukka-Pekka Saraste has conducted his final concerts as Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and has been appointed conductor laureate after a seven-year tenure.
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Apr 19, 2013

Schoenberg/Korngold/Beethoven – Cologne Philharmonie, Germany

19 April 2013
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, Vilde Frang

“This Beethoven symphony, already poised on the brink of romance, was delivered by Saraste as straightforward and fiery. Especially the lyrical Larghetto had tremendous flair.”

22 April 2013
Kölnische Rundschau