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At the beginning of the 2010/2011 season Jukka-Pekka Saraste will become principal conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne, having given regular guest performances with it since 2001.
Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the most eminent conductors of his generation. His artistic work is equally marked by musical depth and integrity. He has not only done much to firmly anchor the music of Scandinavia in concert life, but has also gained broad acknowledgement for his great affinity with late Romantic and modern classical music.
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major
I. Andante comodo
II. Im Tempo eines gemachlichen Landlers - Etwas tappisch und sehr derb
III. Rondo-Burleske: Allegro assai
IV. Adagio - Sehr langsam und noch zuruckhaltend
“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.”
“there's much to commend throughout, especially in the Scherzo and Rondo-Burleske where the woodwind have the lion's share of character; the E flat clarinet shrieks are impressive indeed. A pity Saraste had to slip into a lower gear so soon before the trumpet unleashes heaven in the midst of hell, but the last spurt of horror is brilliantly done.”
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