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Paavo Berglund 1929-2012.

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Initial post: 31 Jan 2012 06:45:15 GMT
K. Beazley says:
Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund has died at his home in Helsinki last Wednesday, aged 82 (


Posted on 31 Jan 2012 08:45:21 GMT
Another sad loss.
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Posted on 31 Jan 2012 23:16:30 GMT
Nick says:
His recordings with the Bournemouth SO are some of my absolute favourites for Sibelius & Shostakovich in particular. I know he was greatly respected by the players there and they form a great legacy.

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 09:46:06 GMT
A man who spent his life giving pleasure to others by making music. Quite an epitaph.

Paavo Berglund RIP

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 19:26:27 GMT
JayJayDee says:
Still the best (and first) Kullervo

Posted on 15 Feb 2012 20:52:28 GMT
Nick says:
I've been working my way through Berglund's 3 Sibelius cycles. I'm not sure I've ever heard such a linear re-evaluation over a period of time. The Bournemouth cycle remains a firm favourite of mine - passionate and committed playing in vintage EMI analogue sound. By comparison I'd found the Helsinki cycle to be relatively cool and as such less involving. But hearing the COE final cycle where the transition from passion to objectivity is complete with details etched into the musical landscape with a surgeon's precision I now realise that the 2nd cycle is/was simply a way-station on the path to his final vision. More miraculously I find that all three versions work. OK, more often than not I find myself responding most to the emotional gravitational pull of the earliest cycle but the last one clearly tries to embody Sibelius' own viosion of his music as the equivalent of clear spring water. The MP3 download of the final cycle seems to be at a very reasonable price at the moment and is a fitting epitaph to a great musician.

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 09:32:16 GMT
Nick, thanks for highlighting the COE cycle as a download. I only have Berglund conducting the LPO in Nos 2 & 7 though I remember the LP release of his Kullervo (borrowed from a record library).

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Feb 2012 09:56:46 GMT
Nick says:
Having bought the Berglund/COE cycle as a download just last week for quite a bit less than a tenner it has now disappeared from the Amazon listings which is the first time I've seen that happen with downloads. A bit of a mystery so apologies for that - the individual discs seem to be downloadable but relatively expensively - with the downgraded quality of MP3 I'm only tempted if the price is good (as in the much praised Vanska set for less than 8 quid).

Posted on 16 Feb 2012 10:02:27 GMT
Nick says:
Sorry as a PS to the above - the Berglund disc that really blew me away is his Shostakovich 10 - not slick or polished, indeed occasionally rough by the super slick standards of today but with such craggy cumulative power and his Bournemouth band play as though possessed. It hides away on an old HMV "own" disc with a rather good Janson's No.9 - some excellent marketplace prices if you're quick! SYMPHONIES NOS. 9 & 10
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