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Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Sibelius with Paavo Berglund)

Sibelius with Paavo Berglund

It would be difficult to speak about the life and work of Finnish conductor Paavo Berglund without mentioning the name of his illustrious compatriot, composer Jean Sibelius—but the reverse is also true, as Berglund spent a lifetime exploring the profound depths of Sibelius's music and bringing it to an ever wider public. After three recordings of the complete Sibelius symphonies on CD, Berglund returned to these titanic works in 1998, aged nearly 70, with a level of insight—shaped over the course of decades—that perhaps no other conductor has ever achieved.

His unique perspective, with a keen ear for subtle details and a remarkable clarity of sound, found a perfect outlet in the impeccable Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The ensemble, equipped here with a smaller string section than you'll hear in most performances of these seven masterpieces of late Romanticism, brings out previously unheard nuances. These iconic readings, brimming with emotion and intensity, are now available on video and streaming 24/7 on medici.tv.