News/Reviews

Sep 30, 2015

BRAHMS/SIBELIUS – Wiesbaden Kurhaus, Germany

10 September 2015
WDR Symphony Orchestra, Cologne, Leonidas Kavakos

“Saraste’s familiarity with the Lemminkäinen Suite op. 22 by Sibelius was evidenced by an abundance of sceneries unfolding with exquisite dynamics and tone colours, realised by the WDR Symphony Orchestra with great understanding of this fantastical subject. As ever, The Swan of Tuonela in particular made a lasting impression.”

12 September 2015
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Sep 1, 2015

SIBELIUS FESTIVAL 2015

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This year´s Sibelius Festival in Lahti features 5 Finnish conductors and 3 orchestras performing all the symphonies of Sibelius
 
 
 
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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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Jun 13, 2015

WDR SINFONIEORCHESTER 2015/16 SEASON

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San Sebastian, Salzburg and Shanghai: plans for home and abroad for the WDR Symphony next season
 
View the new season brochure
 
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Jun 3, 2015

WDR SINFONIEORCHESTER SPAIN TOUR AND SEASON CLOSE

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Jukka-Pekka and the WDR Sinfonieorchester return to Spain for 5 concerts
 
 
 
 
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Apr 28, 2015

JUKKA-PEKKA EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH THE WDR SYMPHONY

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The WDR Symphony announces that Jukka-Pekka has signed a new agreement with the orchestra through 2018/19
 
 
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Mar 30, 2015

Axel Carpelan: mentor and spiritual ally of Sibelius

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Axel Carpelan was a nobleman; a lonely individual who was too frail and weak to work. Yet he was very highly educated and was self-taught in the arts. He became acquainted with Sibelius, embarking on a friendship with the composer which involved not only being an admirer of his talent, but also intuitively seeing where he should be going and which choices he should make. He even offered his personal opinion on the different versions or solutions in the compositions which Sibelius presented to him.

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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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