Sergiu Celibidache conducts Ravel And Debussy

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Sergiu Celibidache conducts Ravel And Debussy

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28th April 2008




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Sergiu Celibidache conducts Ravel And Debussy


Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Images for orchestra: II. Ibéria



Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version)

Rapsodie Espagnole

Recorded live at the Kölner Philharmonie during the Cologne Music Triennale, 13-14 May 1994

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BBC Music Magazine

October 2008


“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.”

Financial Times

“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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