News/Reviews

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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Jan 31, 2015

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

JPS_Mahler5_SEP2014_Rec

Profil Medien – PH14045

“Instinctive Mahlerians take their time, they breathe in the atmosphere and feel the subtext. In the midst of the second movement’s impassioned onslaught…Saraste finds within it something so personal and so inward-looking that it is as if he is placing all his Mahlerian credentials on the line in that one passage.

But there is better to come…Saraste’s reading dances through the finale, which feels, as it should, thoroughly liberating. The playing of the WDR SO, always top-class, has acquired an irresistible sweep along the way and the glorious release of the coda (given an expansive embrace by Saraste) is as good as it gets.

..Saraste has the insight and individuality…Mahler collectors would be well-advised to give him a spin.”

Gramophone Magazine, Edward Seckerson, January 2015

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Jan 26, 2015

CELEBRATING SIBELIUS 150 YEARS

Sibelius

“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

Mahler_Recording

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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