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Orchestre de Paris

"Ce qui n’empêche qu’il faut absolument regarder cette exécution plus qu’impressionnante ... ce que réalise le jeune Finlandais, directeur musical désigné de l’OP, en termes de maîtrise de l’architecture, de dosage des équilibres, de fusion sonore (et quel son d’orchestre!), témoigne d’une maturité que l’on n’a décidément pas le souvenir d’avoir {…}
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Oslo Philharmonic

"Sibelius’ music is in Mäkelä’s DNA and it was exciting to watch him bring a fresh perspective to the work. He barely took his eyes off the players, turning his score pages from memory, sometimes a few at once, conducting with an unflustered and mature economic elegance drawing on contrasts and textures. The players responded wonderfully, from the beguiling clarinet solo through {…}
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Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

“Anchored by a medieval-sounding Dorian mode, gradually emerging from a very simple, four-descending-keys motif played in the first three bars by the second violins, Sibelius’ Sixth Symphony is not exactly the shiny vahana that young maestros prefer for displaying their exquisite technique. Mäkelä went beyond the somehow misleading four-parts structure of the work, underlining {…}
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Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

"Klaus Mäkelä und Igor Levit: starke und junge Überzeugungstäter im vorerst wieder mal letzten Münchner BRSO-Konzert … Man spielt einen Mozart ohne Ecken und Kanten, rasch, schwerelos, dabei besonders im ausdrucksvollen Moll-Mittelsatz träumerisch, versenkungsbereit, aber nie verzärtelt, gar sentimental. Der Ausdruck, obwohl tiefsinnig, bleibt sachlich. Levit mischt {…}
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Oiling the machine: Klaus Mäkelä on taking up conductor posts in Oslo and Paris

Bachtrack When it was announced in June that the next Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris was to be Klaus Mäkelä, eyebrows were raised. Not only because of his youth – he’s just 24 – but also that the Finnish conductor had yet to take up his new appointment at the helm of the Oslo Philharmonic. A case of too much too soon? Yet watch him conduct or {…}
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Concertgebouw Orchestra

"Dat er in deze verwarrende wereld ook nog ­‘gewoon’ opvallende debuten plaatsvinden, ­bewees het optreden van dirigent Klaus Mäkelä donderdagavond bij het Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (KCO). De jonge Fin dirigeerde alsof hij nooit iets anders heeft gedaan … Wat een immens talent is dit!" "Klaus Mäkelä’s performance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra proved that {…}
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