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Lintu leads BSO in works by Dvorak, Rautaavara

Lintu leads BSO in works by Dvorak, Rautaavara

A week after the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra welcomed back one of its finest guest conductors, Vasily Petrenko, and did some sterling music-making together, the ensemble welcomed back another, to likewise gratifying results.

Hannu Lintu, chief conductor of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, brings a distinctive dynamism to the podium that seems to grab the BSO's attention in a big way. That electricity has led to some notable performances during past collaborations, but none more effective than the account of Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 that Lintu and the orchestra delivered Friday night at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The Finnish conductor ensured that each shift between sun...