Oct 25, 2011

Sibelius/Beethoven/Brahms – Royal Festival Hall, London

21 October 2011
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Zehetmair

“Saraste is fascinating to watch, especially without a score. He holds his arms high and tends not to use his wrist to indicate the beat, so his whole right arm keeps everything together, while his left arm – always raised, with hand held flat – seems to be able to keep the musicians under check. Although his left palm usually faces down, it can be extraordinarily expressive, moulding the music in mid-air. Saraste, like Bernard Haitink, knows where the music is going and is expert in building the architecture always with an eye to the climax of the piece. Here, after teasing out countless felicitous timbres that made you wonder whether you’d heard Brahms quite like this before, he unleashed the ultimate coda with an extraordinary whiplash of energy that took the breath away.”

25 October 2011
Nick Breckenfield,

Aug 17, 2011

Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducts opening concert in Helsinki Music Centre

On 31 August 2011 Jukka-Pekka Saraste will conduct the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Sibelius to mark the opening of the Helsinki Music Centre.

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Aug 17, 2011

Beethoven Cycle with FCO and Radu Lupu

The Finnish Chamber Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Radu Lupu will embark on a Beethoven cycle in the new Helsinki Music Centre.

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Jul 28, 2011

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

Simax – PSC1316

“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

May 14, 2011

Mahler Symphony No. 9 Editor’s Choice in Gramophone

Jukka-Pekka Saraste’s recording of Mahler Symphony No. 9 with the WDR-Orchestra of Cologne on Profil (PH10035) has been awarded an Editor’s Choice in the March 2011 issue of Gramophone magazine.

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Mar 28, 2011

Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

Profil Medien – PH10035

“Mahler is all about weighing and balancing the extremes…and Saraste’s judgement in such matters is sharp and instinctive…[he] creates great atmosphere in [the] “lost” moments, time and pulse suspended like an out-of-body experience…it’s the tension between defiance and resignation that really shows Saraste’s perception and understanding.”

Gramophone Magazine, Editor’s Choice, March 2011

Mar 28, 2010

Silvestrov – Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5


“A symphonic logic that Jukka-Pekka Saraste amply conveys in these responsive performances. Wholly natural sound… and informative notes round out an impressive release.”

Gramophone Magazine, March 2010