A very sad day.
A very sad day.
Very very sad - one of the best, gone. PB had been there from the very earliest days of my interest in music (Shostakovich 7; Walton/Shostakovich cello concertos)
PS Worth seeing him at work with another master in this clip that's been on this forum a couple of times thanks to amateur51 but which never fails to mesmerise: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=633pgaoZPTQ
"The isle is full of noises... Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not"
The Tempest, Act III scene 2 ll 148-9
Very sad news.
His performances of Sibelius and Sallinen introduced me to these composers some 30 years ago.
As a fellow left-hander I recall being mesmerised the first time I saw Berglund conducting 'live' - funny how sometimes the apparently small things count for a lot. He conducted the first concert performance of Sibelius' Kullervo that I saw & the memory lives on.
How sad. I remember hearing what must have been the second British public performance of Kullervo at the Festival Hall in 1970. Maestro Berglund had played it a couple of days before in Bournemouth with the BSO, a Helsinki student choir, Raili Kostia and Usko Viitanen. Eight years later I moved to Salisbury and the BSO and Bournemouth Sinfonietta were our local pro orchestras and I heard them with PB several times. He was a fine left-hander.
Here he is in a Sibelius gem, The Bard
A very sad day. My first introduction to Sibelius.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life(Berthold Auerbach)
A great interpreter of Scandinavian music, but his talent did not stop there. For Bruckner and Brahms he also set a standard for others to follow and his readings of the Shostakovitch symphonies were of the finest.
RIP Paavo Berglund
His recordings of Sibelius Kullervo, Shostakovich 7 and Vaughan Williams 6 were my introductions to these works. A very fine and still underappreciated conductor IMO.