Jukka-Pekka Saraste

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Born: 1956; Heinola, Finland  
Jukka-Pekka Saraste established himself as a leading conductor of his generation at a remarkably early age, and has gone on to fulfill the promise that was implied by becoming one of the world's leading conductors. He is particularly known for his interpretations of Mozart and of twentieth-century classics, particularly new Finnish music.

He studied piano and violin at the Lahti Conservatory. His teachers encouraged him to consider
Read more conducting when he was as young as twelve years old. After graduating from the Conservatory in 1978 he continued his conducting studies while playing professionally as a violinist in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

That orchestra gave him his chance to have a conducting debut on their podium at the age of twenty-three. In 1981, he also won the first prize of the Scandinavian Conducting Competition. The Helsinki Philharmonic invited him to lead several of their concerts on its important North American tour of 1982. He repeated this feat when the orchestra toured China in 1985.

He also founded the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, a group devoted mainly to contemporary music. This gained him considerable international recognition for his informed and exciting choices of new music.

His biggest breakout year was 1987. In that year he was appointed as principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. His tenure with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (until 1991) saw him lead it on important tours throughout the British Isles and North America, including a series of performances at New York's Carnegie Hall.

He also brought the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra to the Edinburgh Festival, and has toured with it to Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Germany, the United Kingdom and, several times, to Vienna. His first appearance there with the orchestra, in 1993, has led to several return trips.

In 1994 he became Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. This is a major orchestra that has varied in quality over the years and, before Saraste, never had a regular recording contract. Saraste brought it to one of its highest points. He also brought it a contract with Finlandia Records.

He began his connection with Finlandia with a complete set of Sibelius Symphonies, recorded by the Finnish National Radio Orchestra in St Petersburg, Russia in 1995. Previously, he had made records with the Virgin Classics, BIS, Classic for Pleasure, Conifer, Ondine, Simax, and Decca labels. His exclusive contract with Finlandia began in 1995 and included both the FRSO and the Toronto SO, and brought both to a major international record company, since Finlandia is owned by the giant American media firm Warner Classics.

He has been credited with bringing a large and diverse audience to the Toronto Orchestra's home of Roy Thompson Hall. Their first recording for Finlandia, of orchestral music by Modest Mussorgsky, won a nomination for the Juno Award, Canada's recording academy prize. He frequently takes the Toronto Symphony to Carnegie Hall.

Known for most of his career for incisive, energetic performances, he has stated that he is changing his approach as a result of studying the recordings of great conductors of the past such as Toscanini and Furtwängler. He says that in their day, conductors led the broad outlines of the work and left the orchestra's principal players in charge of their respective sections, generating "an exciting kind of friction, combining sizzling energy with the broad outline." He now strives for a broad sound and more rubato.

He announced that he would leave his Toronto position at the expiration of his contract there in 2000. Read less

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Born: 1956; Heinola, Finland  
Jukka-Pekka Saraste established himself as a leading conductor of his generation at a remarkably early age, and has gone on to fulfill the promise that was implied by becoming one of the world's leading conductors. He is particularly known for his interpretations of Mozart and of twentieth-century classics, particularly new Finnish music.

He studied piano and violin at the Lahti Conservatory. His teachers encouraged him to consider
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
II. Andante sostenuto
III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
IV. Adagio - Piu andante - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
II. Andante
III. Poco allegretto
IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Larghetto -
3. Rondo ( allegro)
III. Dolcissimo
IV. Lento espressivo
V. Furioso
VI. Misterioso
No. 1. Outremer (2 Shores)
No. 1. Outremer (2 Shores)
No. 2. Songe (Dream)
No. 2. Songe (Dream)
No. 3. L'Amour de loin (O Distant Love)
No. 3. L'Amour de loin (O Distant Love)
No. 4. Si la mort pouvait attendre (If Death Could Wait)
No. 4. Si la mort pouvait attendre (If Death Could Wait)
No. 5. Vers toi qui es si loin (Towards You So Far Away)
No. 5. Vers toi qui es si loin (Towards You So Far Away)
I. Tempo molto moderato - Allegro moderato
II. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
III. Allegro molto - Largamente assai
I. Intrada: Allegro maestoso
II. Capriccio notturno e arioso: Vivace
III. Passacaglia, toccata e corale: Andante con moto
Introduction
Scene 1: Night. Kastchei's Enchanted Garden
Scene 1: The Firebird enters, pursued by Ivan Tsarevich
Scene 1: The Firebird's Dance
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich captures the Firebird
Scene 1: The Firebird begs to be released
Scene 1: Entrance of the Thirteen Enchanted Princesses
Scene 1: The Princesses play with the golden apples (Scherzo)
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich appears
Scene 1: The Princesses' Khorovod (Round Dance)
Scene 1: Daybreak
Scene 1: Ivan Tsarevich, entering Kastchei's palace ...
Scene 1: Magic Carillon - Appearance of Kastchei's Guardian Monsters - Capture of Ivan Tsarevich
Scene 1: The entrance of Kastchei the Immortal
Scene 1: Dialogue between Kastchei and Ivan Tsarevich
Scene 1: The Princesses plead for mercy
Scene I: The Firebird enters
Scene 1: Dance of Kastchei's retinue under the Firebird's magic spell
Scene 1: Infernal Dance of Kastchei and his subjects under the Firebird's magic spell
Scene 1: The Firebird's Lullaby
Scene 1: Kastchei awakens
Scene 1: Kastchei's death
Scene 1: Profonds tenebres
Scene 2: Kastchei's spell is broken, his palace disappears, and the Petrified Knights return to life. General Thanksgiving ... .
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
I. Allegro moderato
II. Allegretto - Adagio ma non troppo - Tempo di marcia
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro scherzando
Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' Op. 55: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' Op. 55: II. Marcia funebre (Adagio assai)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' Op. 55: III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' Op. 55: IV. Allegro molto - Poco andante - Presto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: III. Menuetto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: IV. Allegro
Introit--Advent
Heartbeats
Dance--Hocket
Transition: Sequence I
Gaude, Gaude
Transition: Sequence II
Dance--Chorale
Coda--Easter
No. 1. Outremer (2 Shores)
No. 2. Songe (Dream)
No. 3. L'Amour de loin (O Distant Love)
No. 4. Si la mort pouvait attendre (If Death Could Wait)
No. 5. Vers toi qui es si loin (Towards You So Far Away)
I. Sostenuto
II. Feroce
III. Dolcissimo
IV. Lento espressivo
V. Furioso
VI. Misterioso
I. Depart (Departure)
II. Amour (Love)
III. Vagues (Waves)
IV. Temps (Time)
V. Souvenir de vagues (Memory of the Waves)
VI. Mort (In memory of Gerard Grisey)
VII. Arrivee (Arrival)
Le chant du Rossignol : Poème symphonique: Introduction
Le chant du Rossignol : Poème symphonique: Marche chinoise
Le chant du Rossignol : Poème symphonique: Chant du rossignol
Le chant du Rossignol : Poème symphonique: Jeu du rossignol mécanique
Symphony in C: I. Moderato
Symphony in C: II. Larghetto concertante
Symphony in C: III. Allegretto
Symphony in C: IV. Largo - Tempo giusto
Symphony in Three Movements: I. [crotchet] = 160
Symphony in Three Movements: II. Andante ([quaver] = 76) - Interlude (L'istesso tempo)
Symphony in Three Movements: III. Con moto ([crotchet] = 180)
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Premier tableau (prologue): Naissance d'Apollon
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Variation d'Apollon (Apollon et les Muses)
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Pas d'action (Apollon et les trois Muses: Calliope, Polymnie, et Terpsichore)
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Variation de Calliope (l'Alexandrin)
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Variation de Polymnie
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Variation de Terpsichore
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Variation d'Apollon
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Pas de deux (Apollon et Terpsichore)
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Coda (Apollon et les Muses)
Apollo - Ballet en deux tableaux (1947 revised version), Deuxième tableaux: Apothéose
Concerto in E flat 'Dumbarton Oaks: I. Tempo guisto
Concerto in E flat 'Dumbarton Oaks: II. Allegretto
Concerto in E flat 'Dumbarton Oaks: III. Con moto
Concerto in D: I. Vivace
Concerto in D: II. Arioso (Andantino)
Concerto in D: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: I. Trauermarsch (In gemessenen Schritt. Streng. Wie ein Kondukt)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: II. Stürmisch bewegt. Mit grosser Vehemenz
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: III. Scherzo (Kräftig, nicht zu schnell)
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam
Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor: V. Rondo-Finale (Allegro)
Symphony No. 35 in D, K385, 'Haffner': I. Allegro con spirito
Symphony No. 35 in D, K385, 'Haffner': II. Andante
Symphony No. 35 in D, K385, 'Haffner': III. Menuetto & Trio
Symphony No. 35 in D, K385, 'Haffner': IV. Presto
Symphony No. 36 in C 'Linz' K425: I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
Symphony No. 36 in C 'Linz' K425: II. Andante
Symphony No. 36 in C 'Linz' K425: III. Menuetto & Trio
Symphony No. 36 in C 'Linz' K425: IV. Presto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: III. Menuetto
Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K543: IV. Allegro
Symphony No. 41 in C major K551, 'Jupiter': I. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 41 in C major K551, 'Jupiter': II. Andante cantabile
Symphony No. 41 in C major K551, 'Jupiter': III. Menuetto (Allegretto) & Trio
Symphony No. 41 in C major K551, 'Jupiter': IV. Molto allegro
Overture: Largamente molto
Act I Scene 1: Miranda Lulled to Slumber: Andante sostenuto
Act I Scene 1: Ariel Approaches: Allegro
Act I Scene 1: Chorus of the Winds
Act I Scene 1: Ariel Hastens Away: Allegro
Act I Scene 1: Song: Kom herhid paa gule Sand, Haand i Haand, Allemandi (Ariel)
Act I Scene 1: Song: Fem Favne dybt har din Fader sin Bo, Koraller af hans Ben er skabt (Ariel)
Act II Scene 2: Entr'acte: Adagio - Poco meno adagio - Tempo primo
Act II Scene 2: The Oak Tree: Molto moderato
Act II Scene 2: Song: Medens trygt I snorke her, er den vaagne Morder naer (Ariel)
Act II Scene 3: Interlude: Allegretto - Piu moderato - Poco a poco stretto
Act II Scene 3: Song: Kaptejnen og Styrmand og Jungmand og jeg (Stefano)
Act II Scene 3: Song: Farvel, min Husbond, farvel, farvel! (Caliban)
Act III Scene 4: Interlude: Allegretto
Act III Scene 5: Allegro commodo
Act III Scene 5: Canon: Flaa dem og slaa dem og slaa dem og flaa dem (Caliban, Trinculo, Stefano)
Act III Scene 6: Dance of the Shapes: Moderato assai - Allegro molto moderato - Poco tranquillo - Allegro e poco a poco stretto
Act III Scene 6: Ariel, like a Harpy Grave
Act III Scene 6: The Shapes Dance Out: Allegro
Act IV Scene 7: Intermezzo: Andante con moto
Act IV Scene 7: Ariel Approaches: Allegro
Act IV Scene 7: Song: For du drage kan dit Vejr, sige "kom" og raabe "her"! (Ariel)
Act IV Scene 7: The Rainbow: Poco adagio
Act IV Scene 7: Iris's Melodrama: Moderato assai
Act IV Scene 7: Song: Rigdom, Held og Bornelykke, alderdom med Haederssymkke (Juno)
Act IV Scene 7: Dance of the Naiads: Allegretto grazioso
Act IV Scene 7: The Harvesters
Act IV Scene 7: Ariel Approaches: Allegro
Act IV Scene 7: Ariel Hastens Away: Allegro
Act IV Scene 7: Ariel Approaches: Allegro
Act IV Scene 7: The Dogs: Poco con moto - Allegretto
Act IV Scene 8: Overture: Poco con moto
Act IV Scene 8: Largo - Un pochettino affrettando - Adagio
Act IV Scene 8: Song: Med Bien drikker jeg af Krus (Ariel)
Act IV Scene 8: Cortege: Tempo giusto - Poco a poco stretto
Act IV Scene 8: Epilogue: Poco adagio - Allargando
I. Marche Introduction
II. Pas d'Action
III. Theme varie
IV. Pas de Deux
V. Marche-Conclusion
I. Sinfonia (Ouverture)
II. Serenata
III. Scherzino - Allegro - Andantino
IV. Tarantella
V. Toccata
VI. Gavotta con due Variazioni
VII. Vivo
VIII. Minuetto
IX.Finale
I. Allegro
II. Andante non troppo moderato
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio un poco andante
III. Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante grazioso
III. Finale
I. Allegro
II. (Andante) Cantabile
III. Menuetto
IV. Presto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegro


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