Paavo Berglund, 1929-2012: Bravo, Paavo!

Paavo Berglund died Wednesday, age 82. He was one of Finland’s most important conductors. Berglund was internationally known for his Sibelius recordings. He recorded the complete Sibelius symphonies — three times!

Another great Finnish conductor just embarked on his second cycle of Sibelius Symphony recordings, here in Minnesota. Osmo Vanska’s new CD with the Minnesota Orchestra includes Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5. You can hear No. 2 in it’s entirety, in its broadcast premiere tonight at 7pm here on Classical MPR. And get a guided tour right now from Julie Amacher’s New Classical Tracks.

Meanwhile, in memoriam Paavo Berglund, conducting Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5: