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Performer: Jukka-Pekka Saraste

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SingaporeSSO GALA - Strauss Four Last Songs and Sibelius Symphony 5

Wagner, Strauss R., Sibelius
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Evelina Dobračeva

GothenburgTchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with María Dueñas

Göteborgs Symfoniker (GBP)
Fagerlund, Tchaikovsky, Nielsen
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; María Dueñas

RotterdamSaraste conducts Shostakovich

Wennäkoski, Nielsen, Shostakovich
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Christoffer Sundqvist
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StockholmPeter Jablonski plays Bacewicz

Lidholm, Bacewicz, Dvořák
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Peter Jablonski

RotterdamJukka-Pekka Saraste conducts Sibelius

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Sibelius: Kullervo, Op.7
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Helena Juntunen; Tommi Hakala; YL Male Voice Choir

OrangeMahler's Symphony of a Thousand

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Meagan Miller; Ricarda Merbeth; Eleonore Marguerre; Claudia Mahnke
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Killer concerto, life-affirming symphony at the Barbican

Two powerful, virtually contemporaneous statements from Prokofiev and Nielsen: Denis Kozhukhin is a commanding soloist in the concerto and Jukka-Pekka Saraste with the BBC SO convincingly ride the waves of the symphony.
****1
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Lost worlds: Silvestrov and Sibelius with Saraste and the LPO

Two powerful symphonic statements by a Ukrainian and a Finnish composer flanking a calm and courtly concerto by Mozart: Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, together with the American pianist Richard Goode.
***11
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Old works and new from Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the RSPO

An intriguing programming of old and new works, covering the time period 1893 to 1976, which themselves contain elements of old and new, beautifully performed.

****1
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Lear in Munich: brilliant performance, but lifelessly staged

A superb cast of singers is let down by Christoph Marthaler's cold, stilted staging as Reimann's Lear returns to its birthplace.  
***11
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Refined Elgar from Katarina Karnéus and the RSPO

Katarina Karnéus displayed sovereign English diction, elegant musicianship and a sense of dramatic scale in Sea Pictures.
***11
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Pandemic programming: Shostakovich and Sibelius in Gothenburg

Saraste’s mastery in Sibelius is hardly a surprise, and neither is the calibre of the orchestra Sibelius himself often visited to conduct.
****1
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