Recordings with Sergiu Celibidache

Throughout his lifetime Sergiu Celibidache was convinced that music could not be conserved on tape. He nevertheless did record a few concerts – especially compositions by Anton Bruckner – with the Munich Philharmonics. To this day, these recordings are regarded as legendary: not surprising, given that Celibidache is considered to be the greatest Bruckner specialist of his time.

Schubert and Dvořák

The Munich Philharmonic and Sergiu Celibidache share an exceptional legacy. Because of the Celibidache era and its part in forming the core essence of the orchestra, this first MPHIL physical archive release consists of two recordings under the baton of Maestro Celibidache: Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 »Unfinished« (recorded 30 September 1988, Philharmonie im Gasteig) and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 »From the New World« (recorded 16 June 1985, Herkulessaal der Residenz).

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Schubert and Dvořák

The Munich Philharmonic and Sergiu Celibidache share an exceptional legacy. He started his work as principal conductor in 1979 and remained in this position for as long as 17 years. Sergiu Celibidache played an integral part in making the Munich Philharmonic what it is today: an orchestra of worldwide renown. Today the Munich Philharmonic is critically acclaimed internationally with hopelessly sold out concerts in Munich and the world.

On their recently launched label MPHIL, the Munich Philharmonic is opening up its vast archives, giving listeners the opportunity to enjoy one of the richest collections of recordings by legendary artists. Because of the Celibidache era and its part in forming the core essence of the orchestra, this first MPHIL physical archive release consists of two recordings under the baton of Maestro Celibidache.

The chosen repertoire on the album is Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 »Unfinished« (recorded 30 September 1988, Philharmonie im Gasteig) and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 »From the New World« (recorded 16 June 1985, Herkulessaal der Residenz). Both recordings are masterpieces of the classical music canon and the performances have ever since been critically acclaimed up until this day.


SERGIU CELIBIDACHE, conductor
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 B Minor, D 759 »Unfinished«
RECORDING DATE: 30 September 1988
RECORDING LOCATION: Philharmonie im Gasteig, München
PRODUCER: Torsten Schreier
BALANCE ENGINEER: Wolfgang Karreth
EDITING: Torsten Schreier
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
REMASTERING PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker / Bayerischer Rundfunk

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 E Minor, op. 95 (B 178) »From the New World«     
RECORDING DATE: 16 June 1985
RECORDING LOCATION: Herkulessaal der Residenz, München
PRODUCER: Torsten Schreier
BALANCE ENGINEER: Gerhard von Knobelsdorff
EDITING: Torsten Schreier
MASTERING: Christoph Stickel
REMASTERING PRODUCER: Johannes Müller
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Münchner Philharmoniker / Bayerischer Rundfunk

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Celibidache-Edition Vol. 1: Symphonies

Symphonies from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven und Brahms

CD-Box with 14 CDs

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Celibidache-Edition Vol. 1: Symphonies

Symphonies from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven und Brahms

CD-Box with 14 CDs

Münchner Philharmoniker
Sergiu Celibidache, conductor


Celibidache-Edition Vol. 3: French and Russian Music

Music from Bartok, Debussy, Milhaud, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Roussel, Schostakowitsch, Tschaikowsky

CD-Box with 11 CDs

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Celibidache-Edition Vol. 3: French and Russian Music

Music from Bartok, Debussy, Milhaud, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov, Roussel, Schostakowitsch, Tschaikowsky

CD-Box with 11 CDs

Münchner Philharmoniker
Sergiu Celibidache, conductor

Sergiu Celibidache - 5 DVD Box-Set

The five titles in this magnificent box-set present Sergiu Celibidache conducting some of the most beloved pieces in the world, both in concert as well as in valuable, rarely seen rehearsal footage.

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Sergiu Celibidache - 5 DVD Box-Set

Sergiu Celibidache was one of the most charismatic, talented and fascinating conductors of all time. His profound knowledge of instrumental frequencies and acoustic science made him a genius of sound. The five titles in this magnificent box-set present him conducting some of the most beloved pieces in the world, both in concert as well as in valuable, rarely seen rehearsal footage. He is joined by Daniel Barenboim, Hans Kalafusz, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, and his beloved Münchner Philharmoniker, in an illuminating and moving set of performances.

Münchner Philharmoniker
Sergiu Celibidache
, conductor

Celibidache-Edition Vol. 2: Bruckner

Sinfonien 3-9 Te Deum - Messe Nr. 3 in f-Moll

CD-Box with 12 CDs

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Celibidache-Edition Vol. 2: Bruckner

Sinfonien 3-9
Te Deum
Messe Nr. 3 in f-Moll

CD-Box with 12 CDs

Münchner Philharmoniker
Sergiu Celibidache, conductor


Celibidache-Edition Vol. 4: Sacred Music and Opera

Music from Bach, Mozart, Weber, Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, Fauré, Strawinsky

CD-Box with 11 CDs

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Celibidache-Edition Vol. 4: Sacred Music and Opera

Music from Bach, Mozart, Weber, Brahms, Wagner, Verdi, Fauré, Strawinsky

CD-Box with 11 CDs

Barbara Bonney
Roxandra Donose
Arleen Augér
Cornelia Wulkopf
Peter Schreier
Reinhild Runkel
Elena Filipova
Peter Dvorsky
Christel Borchers
Matthias Hölle
Kurt Rydl
Bach-Chor der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Philharmonischer Chor München

Münchner Philharmoniker
Sergiu Celibidache, Dirigent


Ravel & Debussy

Live from the Kölner Philharmonie during the Kölner Triennale 1994.

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Ravel & Debussy

Live from the Kölner Philharmonie during the Kölner Triennale 1994.

Maurice Ravel:
- "Alborada dl gracioso"
- "Rhapsodie espagniole"
- "Bolero"
Claude Debussy:
- "Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune"
- "Iberia"

Münchner Philharmoniker
Sergiu Celibidache


You don't do anything, you let it evolve

A portrait of Sergiu Celibidache, produced by Jan Schmidt-Garre.

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You don't do anything, you let it evolve

A portrait of Sergiu Celibidache, produced by Jan Schmidt-Garre.

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

This concert from the Herkulessaal in Munich captures one of the rare occasions on which he consented to a recording being made. He conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Anton Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony No. 4 in E flat major.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

DVD Specials: Interview with Sergiu Celibidache about conducting Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (40 mins)
The Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1912-96) was one of the most adamant personalities in the music world. He rehearsed three times as much as other conductors and avoided making recordings because he believed they were a false representation his musical intentions. This concert from the Herkulessaal in Munich captures one of the rare occasions on which he consented to a recording being made. He conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Anton Bruckner’s “Romantic” Symphony No. 4 in E flat major.


Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

Celibidache rehearses Bruckner's Ninth. In no other documentary film about Celibidache does one experience with such immediacy the moment of music being created.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9

For a full sixty minutes Celibidache rehearses Bruckner’s “Ninth” – a key work for the composer, who did not complete any more compositions after he finished the Adagio. It is also a key work for Celibidache, who towards the end of his life frequently returned to working on Bruckner’s late symphonies, performing them in guest appearances all over the world with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. In no other documentary film about Celibidache does one experience with such immediacy the moment of music being created. “I breathe with you, and that is the secret of phrasing: where you breathe and how you breathe.”

Münchner Philharmoniker
Sergiu Celibidache, conductor

Celibidache in St. Florian

Sergiu Celibidache conducts Anton Bruckner’s "Mass in F minor".

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Celibidache in St. Florian

Sergiu Celibidache conducts Anton Bruckner’s “Mass in F minor”, which Bruckner called “the most difficult of all masses”. The film documents the work process from the first rehearsals with piano and choir to the eventual integration of choir, orchestra and soloists. The musical structure, initially created in Munich, is adapted to the acoustic requirements of St. Florian, and then performed in concert. Anton Bruckner was the organist at St. Florian as a young man and wrote many of his masterpieces here – he is buried underneath the organ.

Regie: Jan Schmidt-Garre

Margaret Price
Doris Soffel
Peter Straka
Matthias Hölle
Hans Sotin
Philharmonischer Chor München
Münchner Philharmoniker
Sergiu Celibidache