Paavo Berglund, the austere, authoritative and vastly accomplished Finnish maestro has passed away, aged 82.
Renowned in Sibelius, he developed a Mozart style that – like Neville Marriner’s – modified the difference between romantic and period interpretation. Never the most approachable of men, I found him polite, agreeable and carefully unassuming. We went shopping once together in a Copenhagen street market.
As well as founding the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and heading the radio orchestra and the philharmonic, he was chief conductor in Bournemouth, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
Here‘s a Finnish appreciation.