Sep 20, 2018


12, 13&14 September 2018
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Janine Jansen

“Saraste’s first movement was given an emphatic, exhilarating reading…graceful and elegant in the Ländler, properly savage in the Rondo-Burleske.
The final ‘dying’ movement was a glory, with enchanting solos from both concertmaster Andreas Janke and principal viola Gilad Karni. After almost inaudible closing bars, Saraste held the audience in the palm of his hand before allowing them to start the generous applause.”

14 September 2018
John Rhodes, Seen and Heard International

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Sep 6, 2018

Beethoven: Symphonies 4&5

Profil – PH17084

“An air of faint enigma has always wafted around Saraste. His image of Beethoven, however, is captivating due to its unity, compactness, decisiveness. These qualities of conceptual clarity can also be traced back to the exemplary state of his orchestra…. Saraste’s ability to conjure elastic details from the closely woven parts of the Fourth, which otherwise leaves little space within its dense fabric, is amazing. It’s very good work with a great sense for detail, without losing sight of the whole. We are presented with a conductor who has his own approach to Beethoven. Saraste proves here that there is still juice in these too-frequently-squeezed lemons.”

Kai Luehrs-Kaiser, FonoForum, September 2018

“Saraste’s detailed and unforced conducting and the first rate playing of the WDR Symphony Orchestra make this a most successful CD, all the more so because of the excellent sound quality.”

Remy Franck, Pizzicato, June 2018

Sep 5, 2018


Profil – PH18032

“Highly Recommended”

AllMusic, Blair Sanderson, July 2018

“Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s series of Brahms symphonies with his WDR Symphony Orchestra is particularly exciting as a surprising approach is taken for each single work, according to its individual character. Saraste and his orchestra savour the Phrygian key of the slow movement’s main motif to the full, with perfect beauty of sound. The Allegro giocoso sounds powerful and exuberant, and the finale determined.”

LvG, WAZ, April 2018

Aug 3, 2018


6&7 July 2018
WDR Sinfonieorchester, Pekka Kuusisto

“Bravi were elicited by the pagan spectacle of Stravinsky’s “Spring Sacrifice”, which, despite all its vehemence and coarse rhythms, notably puts the orchestra’s current playing culture to the test. And after eight years with Saraste, this is really impressive. Under his encouraging grasp, Stravinsky’s ballet machine “Le Sacre de Printemps”… reached the finish line as the winner; the bravi were well-deserved.”

9 July 2018
Olaf Weiden, Kölnische Rundschau

“Stravinsky’s music, oscillating between primitivism and construcivism, found congenial interpreters in the excellently prepared WDR Sinfonieorchester, which under chief conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste transformed the Cologne Philharmonie into orgiastic pandemonium.”

9 July 2018
Rainer Nonnenmann, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Jul 1, 2018

Tour in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra

J-P takes the orchestra on a four-stop tour of Japan July 21-24
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May 17, 2018

First disc of Beethoven symphony cycle recording with WDR Sinfonieorchester out on June 1

The complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies was recorded live in Cologne at the Koelner Philharmonie in November 2017 and February 2018.

May 4, 2018


J-P and the WDR Sinfonieorchester make the journey back to China and South Korea for twelve concerts.
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May 1, 2018


20&21 April 2018
WDR Sinfonieorchester, Arabella Steinbacher

“It was a true experience to listen to the various parts of the mosaic being brought together and gradually put into context, especially in the triumphantly elaborate, exalted finale.”

23 April 2018
Marianne Kierspel, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

Mar 22, 2018


23&24 February 2018
WDR Sinfonieorchester, Christiane Karg,Ingeborg Danz, Maximilian Schmitt, Tareq Nazmi,
NDR Chor, WDR Rundfunkchor

“With his flexible conducting, he elicited a smooth and cultivated sound from his orchestra. Swift, but by no means forced tempi instilled a wonderful liveliness to the music.”

“…transparent sound, nuanced down to the smallest detail without neglecting the overarching line”

“The Pastorale was illuminated with all the refinement it deserves. Saraste created ravishing transitions, placing emphasis on seemingly trivial matters such as trills or simple accompanying figures, always keeping an eye on the overall form. … on the whole a wonderful performance.”

“…a captivating interpretation, leaving a fabulous impression. A mercurial first movement, a wonderfully poignant third, and finally a breathtaking Finale that left nothing to be desired…”

26 February 2018
Mathias Nofze, General-Anzeiger

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