We have just received this tribute from Sakari Oramo, chief condcutor of Helsinki Radio and the Stockholm Philharmonic:
A Giant Conductor, a demanding but warm-hearted man. To me, especially revelatory was the transparent style of his last decade of conducting, devoid of anything external, for example in Brahms symphonies.
A man with a marvelous sense for black humor. I feel very honored to be following in Paavo´s footsteps as the Music Director of both the Finnish Radio Symphony and the Stockholm Philharmonic. Paavo set unprecedented standards of quality for Nordic orchestras during the 60´s, 70´s and 80´s, standards that are still today valid. On the first of February I will conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Vienna Musikverein. The orchestra´s last appearance in that venue was with Paavo at the helm in 1987. Tonight we observed a moment of reminiscence in Paavo´s honor at the start of our concert in Stockholm.