Jul 28, 2011

Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor ‘Tragic’

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“The team’s foothold on the first three movement is sure and unexaggerated…But it’s the finale, to which all roads must seem to lead, where Saraste pulls all the stops out – utterly compelling…String welters in the wake of the first two hammer blows…have never sounded clearer…Perhaps the sound is a shade reverberant…but it allows all the details in Saraste’s magnificently thorough interpretation to shine through.”

BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 *****

“He inherited a band that, under Jansons, had become one of the finest in Europe. Standards have slipped not one iota. He negotiates the forbidding psychological and musical terrain of this symphony with the same mix of passion, flair and intelligence Jansons showed, the impact of the work magnified by a sure grasp of its sprawling forms, clarity of inner detail and well-judged tempi.”

Sunday Times, 15th May 2011 ****

“You can certainly hear right into the tumult, so clear and open is Saraste’s layering of the texture”

Gramophone Magazine, July 2011