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Celibidache Conducts Bruckner [3 DVDs + 2 CDs]

Celibidache,Sergiu
Release Date: 07/03/2012 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 195270  
Composer:  Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes 3 DVDs (Bruckner's Symphonies 6, 7 & 8) plus 2 CDs (Bruckner's 4th Symphony).

Since Sergiu Celibidache’s appointment as their chief conductor in 1979, the Munich Philharmonic developed into one of the finest orchestras in the world. Their performances of Bruckner, in particular, were in a class of their own and where orchestra and conductor truly excelled. It is in the symphonies of Anton Bruckner that the grandeur of the music unfolds organically, its power innocent of all brutality, its monumentality issuing from stillness and austerity. Says Celibidache, “Every performance of a Bruckner symphony is a first performance, every rehearsal is a thousandfold NO designed to achieve a single YES.”
This set includes 3 DVDs (Bruckner's Symphonies 6, 7 & 8) plus 2 CDs (Bruckner's 4th Symphony).

Since Sergiu Celibidache’s appointment as their chief conductor in 1979, the Munich Philharmonic developed into one of the finest orchestras in the world. Their performances of Bruckner, in particular, were in a class of their own and where orchestra and conductor truly excelled. It is in the symphonies of Anton Bruckner that the grandeur of the music unfolds organically, its power innocent of all brutality, its monumentality issuing from stillness and austerity. Says Celibidache, “Every performance of a Bruckner symphony is a first performance, every rehearsal is a thousandfold NO designed to achieve a single YES.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in A major, WAB 106 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879-1881; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich 
2.
Symphony no 7 in E major, WAB 107 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881-1883; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Suntory Hall, Tokyo 
3.
Symphony no 8 in C minor, WAB 108 by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  Suntory Hall, Tokyo 
4.
Symphony no 4 in E flat major, WAB 104 "Romantic" by Anton Bruckner
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikvereins, Vienna 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Beware Celibidache's Bruckner December 1, 2014 By Robert W. (Saint Joseph, MO) See All My Reviews "These recordings may not be o everyone's taste. They certainly aren't to mine. The tempi are incredibly slow (at least on the EMI cycle), maybe with the idea that the slower the performance the more monumental the result. Instead the result is total lack of excitement. Please keep in mind that I'm talking about the EMI cycle; I have not heard this packaging but I have no reason to think the maestro's thoughts on Bruckner changed from one label to another." Report Abuse
 superb Bruckner November 3, 2014 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "I have two recording of the monumental Bruckner 8th, one on EMI (apparently now reissued on Warner) and one on Sony. They were recorded a bout a year apparent, one in Munich and one in Vienna, both with the Munich Philharmonic. The Sony performance takes 6-7 minutes longer than the EMI, about 110 minutes. compare that to Karajan's famous 82 minute recording. There is Bruckner, and then there is Celibidache's Bruckner, a whole new world of music. Celibidache held that the "denser" the music, that is, the more different instruments that were playing at any point in the score, the slower the tempo should be so that the audience had enough time to process the density of the sound, and Bruckner was very dense. You might think that dragging out the performance for 20 of more minutes than do other conductors would make Celibidache's performance boring. Far from it. Celibidache sucks you into the music. I usually listen to classical music while I am reading, and I read a lot, but I cannot read when Celibidache is playing Bruckner. There is no option. You have to stop everything else and just listen. Listen to how a great conductor brings magic to great music. Although for about 15 years spanning the 1980s, Celibidache and Munich orchestra were generally considered to be the best in the world, they were not very well known because Celibidache's refused to make records. He believed that any performance was a spontaneous event consisting of an interaction between the music, the audience, and the setting, and as such could not be reproduced in a recording because the setting and audience wore missing when you played it in your living room. So, I speculate that the reason why the Vienna recording is 6-7 minutes longer than the Munich recording is, different setting, different audience. So, should you buy this? Simple question, complex answer. If you are deeply into Bruckner, as you should be, this is indispensable, but then so are the two Jochum, Barenboim, and Naxos and Karajan complete sets of the symphonies, and the EMI/Warner set. If you are just beginning to sample Bruckner or are only curious as what this is, run, don't walk to the Brilliant set of all the Bruckner symphonies at rock bottom prices." Report Abuse
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