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Concertgebouw Orchestra

" Bruckner's perfect blueprint was transformed by the conductor and superior playing of the orchestra into a living structure with unexpected floors, and corridors leading up to them. In short, Mäkelä's first Bruckner in Amsterdam was an instant hit."Trouw, Peter van der Lint, 3 May 2024" ... Mäkelä conducted as we have come to expect from him since his debut only three and a half {…}
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Cleveland Orchestra

“... the large body of musicians dug deep into their physical resources, producing a Rite that was singularly explosive and terrifying in its power … Mäkelä’s pacing with its subtle tempo changes moved Stravinsky’s music from one section to another, all the while allowing an enormous arch to emerge that is frequently lacking in performances. The conductor built the work {…}
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Cleveland Orchestra

"Cleveland Orchestra fans who hopped on guest conductor Klaus Mäkelä's magic carpet at Severance Music Center on Thursday evening were swept away to the streets of Lima to hear Peruvian street vendors hawking their goods, then to England for a ramble through the Malvern Hills, and finally to ancient Iraq to quaff wine with the king of Babylon and a thousand of his idol-worshiping {…}
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

"The orchestra played with a transparency that let the harmonies really sound in the uneasy stillness of the second movement’s start (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1), and later there was such unity in the violas that it truly gave the sensation of a single person playing. Mäkelä guided with exquisite care a moment that I hadn’t ever taken much notice of, a passing, poignant {…}
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Ballets Russes album review – Gramophone

Petrushka comes home. To Paris if not the Théâtre du Châtelet. Following on from Klaus Mäkelä’s handsome coupling of Stravinsky’s Rite and Firebird ballets (5/23) the headline feature of this terrific Petrushka is characterisation. It’s a performance full of animation and incident and from the Orchestre de Paris and their impressive line-up of wind soloists a {…}
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Orchestre de Paris – North America & Canada tour

"Mäkelä and the players fed off each other’s energy to produce a performance that one hopes was as breathtaking for them to play as it was for the audience to hear … The shattering end of the Rite brought the audience instantly to its feet - in recognition, one hoped, as much of musical history brought to life as of the achievement of these immensely accomplished visitors from {…}
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