Recorded live at the Kölner Philharmonie during the Cologne
Music Triennale, 13-14 May 1994
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“Five masterpieces teased out to the limits of the possible, but still alive with great playing and the tension Celibidache maintains. To watch the pouchy face relaxing into smiles is a drama in itself.”
“The performance of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune…is the nearest to musical Zen we are ever likely to get. Beautifully filmed at a concert in Cologne in 1994, it is a never-to-be-surpassed memento of the legendary Romanian conductor Celibidache (1912-96), in repertoire that demonstrated his unrivalled ear for timbre and colour. The Prélude seems to float outside time and space - the Munich Philharmonic reward Celi with the most ravishing display - and a scarcely less magical Ravel Rhapsodie espagnole resonates between precision, subtlety and refinement…”
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