Posted at 9:12 AM on January 27, 2012
by John Birge
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:
Any prolific composer could surprise us with how they rank their own works. Perhaps it's as simple and as compelling as "What have I done lately?" This 19th century Titan might have dismissed one of our favorites with, "That's so 1808."