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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
Jimmy López: The Travails of Persiles and Sigismunda
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1
Unsik Chin: subito con forza
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1

"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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ORCHESTRA DEL MAGGIO MUSICALE FIORENTINO
Sibelius: Tapiola Mahler: Symphony No. 1

“… nell’espressione la sinfonia mostra lo stupore di un fanciullo, nell’esecuzione la fluidità discorsiva e la saldezza architettonica, priva di concessioni plateali, che solo un direttore di rango può ottenere.” " … a performance of discursive fluidity and architectural solidity, devoid of blatant concessions, that only a high-ranking conductor can obtain." La {…}
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OSLO PHILHARMONIC
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

"Under Klaus Mäkeläs taktstokk fremsto Sibelius’ naturmystikk som mer eventyraktig enn jeg har hørt tidligere. Som dirigent og fortolker kombinerer Mäkelä en nesten (i beste forstand) barnlig naivitet i uttrykket med en uanstrengt autoritet på podiet man skulle tro krevde årevis med erfaring. Gjennom verkets fire satser viste Mäkelä en sjelden evne til få musikken til å {…}
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OSLO PHILHARMONIC
Sauli Zinovjev: Wiegenlied (commission)
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1

"För Mäkelä - et produkt av et av de sterkeste miljøene for dirigentutdanning, Sibeliusakadamiet i Helsinki - virker suveren, teknisk briljant og tydelig. Under hans direksjon virker orkesteret topp trimmet og nypolert, for ikke å si nyladet, etter nedstenging og ferie.Det imponerer, og det var en fryd å åpne sesongen med en symfoni {…}
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ORCHESTRE DE PARIS
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

“Le maestro finlandais a laissé une forte impression. Il faudra perdre l’habitude de parler de Klaus Mäkelä comme d’un «jeune chef». Il a déjà tout d’un grand et assume ses choix musicaux avec une maturité rare.”“The Finnish conductor has already made a strong impression. We will have to break the habit of talking about Klaus Mäkelä as a "young conductor". He {…}
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