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Paavo Berglund, 1929-2012: Bravo, Paavo!

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: