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Maestro Sergiu Celibidache (1912–1996) was one of the most uncompromising figures in the music world, demanding three times as much rehearsal time as other conductors and with an ardent dislike of making recordings because he feared they misrepresented his musical intentions. He agreed to set aside his long-held antipathy to recordings of his work to enable the cameras to capture this concert from the Philharmonie in Munich, in which he conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
“Sergiu Celibidache demands unheard-of amounts of orchestral rehearsal time and obviously knows what he wants to do with it. He has an extraordinary ear for orchestral detail. He has a highly developed ... technique for maintaining spacious tempos. He understands, as Herbert von Karajan and Carlos Kleiber and a few other conductors do, that it is advantageous to play softly a lot of the time if you want a wide palette of expression and tonal beauty. He has a charismatic hold over his orchestra and his admirers.” The New York Times
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Picture Format: 4:3
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Running Time: 90 mins
“More spiritual, no-frills Brucnker from the Zen Buddhist conductor. The slow movement is lit with fervour, while the finale's last pages open heaven's doors.”
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