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Symphony No. 5 and »Firebird«


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.

On their 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, the label MPHIL have placed a particular focus on archive recordings under the baton of Sergiu Celibidache. In 2022, it is a recording with Sergiu Celibidache with the Symphony No. in E-Flat Major Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius from 1988 as well as Igor Strawinsky‘s »The Firebird« from 1982.

In Sibelius 5th Symphony Thor swings his hammer, and the listener can feel cosmic forces at work in this music, something on which Sibelius himself commented when writing in 1914: “God opens the door for a moment and his orchestra is playing the Fifth Symphony.” In this recording Celibidache galvanizes the Munich Philharmonic in an interpretation of tremendous power, and vision.Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite is an opulent fairy tale. What makes this a great listening experience, is Celibidache’s extraordinary understanding of the rhythmic dances that pulse throughout this score and the folkish elements that are spontaneously mastered.

Sergiu Celibidache never accepted recordings of his concerts as real, valid music. For him, music only happened in the very moment in time when it was performed, and only for the audience present in the concert hall during that concert. The late Maestro’s postulation of simultaneous time is lost forever. However, mSpatial gets the listener closer than ever to the second aspect of his credo by creating a virtual immersive acoustic in the listener’s environment, which is true to the original acoustic experience in the concert hall where the performance happened.

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