Sep 19, 2017

Stravinsky: Le Rossignol

“Saraste … offers, supported by a very present WDR Symphony Orchestra, an accurate, well-structured, very coherent reading. And with the extremely meaningful choice of the “Pribaoutki” and both the Verlaine songs, he demonstrates a very keen sense of the stylistic breadth of the music composed by Stravinsky at the time.”

Fono Forum, Giselher Schubert, December 2017

“Well-nuanced, dramatic and inspired performances of less popular works by Stravinsky”

Pizzicato, Remy Franck, August 2017

“Stravinsky’s long-gestated fairy-tale mini opera, given captivatingly here by Saraste’s Cologne team, makes a virtue of stylistic contrast — sensual exoticism à la Firebird for the nightingale, post-Rite stridency for the artifice of the Chinese court. The soprano Mojca Erdmann sings radiantly.”

Sunday Times, September 2017