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    Default R.I.P. Paavo Berglund

    Paavo Berglund died at age 82 on Wednesday.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paavo_Berglund

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    RIP indeed.

    Thanks for letting us know, Vaneyes.

    I have him on disc conducting Sibelius' Tapiola with his Helsinki players. It's a hair-raising account. I may well get something else done by him.

    He will be missed, his legacy will live on, but I didn't know that he was that old, so it was a bit of a shock to read the title of this thread before opening it up...

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    Oh, wow. Wow... I had just listened to his Sibelius symphonies a few days ago. And he's not usually on my playlist.
    May he rest in peace.

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    My first management job was with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, since murdered) in 1980. Berglund's tenure as principal conductor had just finished, but he came back regularly as a guest. His recording of Sibelius's Kullervo in 1971 was the first commercial one in and it has since enjoyed a popularity that Sibelius could never have imagined. Berglund subsequently recorded all the numbered symphonies and a swathe of orchestral music in Bournemouth. Sadly, many of these recordings are currently unavailable. Berglund conducted left-handed, putting him among a very small number of such conductors.

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    loved his Sibelius cycle on EMI and his Nielsen on RCA.

    gone forever..................

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    I have several recordings of his Sibelius as well as his recording of Ma Vlast. I felt that he caught the heart of Sibelius as few others have. He will live on in his legacy and in our hearts.
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    According to his obituary in Musical Toronto he had been in declining health for some years and had retired from concert work in 2007

    Here is a link to the article

    http://musicaltoronto.org/2012/01/26...-82/#more-1039
    Last edited by GoneBaroque; Jan-28-2012 at 21:11. Reason: correct typing error
    Rob

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    I have a recording of him conducting a Staatskapelle Dresden performance of Má vlast (complete). My only complete recording of that work, and I do enjoy it and listen to it every so often (Seraphim Classics label).

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