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Great Conductors Of The 20th Century - Sergiu Celibidache


Release Date: 07/13/2004 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 62872   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz BerwaldFelix MendelssohnHilding RosenbergHeinz Tiessen,   ... 
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic OrchestraBerlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

You probably know whether or not you want this entry in EMI's Great Conductors of the 20th Century series. Celibidache is a polarizing figure, mostly based on 1980s and 1990s performances that are often reviled as excruciatingly slow, mannered, and willful. They are that, but they also contain startling insights. Here we have a more orthodox Celi in live and studio recordings made between 1948 and 1970, by which time he refused to make records. The selections are somewhat skewed to the late-1960s when Celi worked extensively in Scandinavia, so we hear him in some relatively uncommon repertoire: Nielsen, Berwald, Rosenberg, and Johann Strauss, père et fils, with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Radio Symphony. Read more But it's idiomatically done, with bubbly readings of Nielsen's Maskarade Overture and Rosenberg's Marionetter Overture. A fine Berwald Sinfonie singulière has a first movement poised between the dramatic and the pastoral; the Adagio offers a hushed stillness that commands attention and the finale moves along with élan. The 1970 Johann Strauss selections taken from the same concert as the Nielsen Overture stress dynamic and tempo contrasts, most strongly in the Die Fledermaus Overture

Two of the selections have long been admired. The oft-pirated live 1953 Berlin Philharmonic Mendelssohn Fourth gets its first "official" release. It has a vigorous opening movement, an easily flowing Andante with gorgeous sonorities, relaxed, natural phrasing in the third movement, and a Presto finale such as we never would expect from the later Celi. Two items from his truncated studio career also are well worth hearing. Mozart's "little G minor", the Symphony No. 25 K. 183, is well-paced, the first movement fresh-sounding, the Minuet neatly done, the lightness of its Trio a foil to the flanking heavily accented dance. Also from 1948 is a spirited Prokofiev "Classical" Symphony full of zest. A worthy novelty is the Hamlet Suite by Heinz Tiessen, a 1922 work recorded at a 1957 Berlin concert honoring the composer's 70th birthday. Especially fine is its ominous Prelude, with a ghostly, wordless chorus lending a creepy "t'was a dark and stormy night" atmosphere.

EMI's transfers are quite good. The Mendelssohn is detailed but with edgy massed violins. The later stereo live broadcasts are vibrant; the earlier ones and the 1948 studio recordings somewhat less so. In more lightly scored works, such as the 1948 London Philharmonic studio rendering of Nutcracker Suite excerpts, Celi displays a light touch, a dollop of humor, and the sonics are vivid and bright-sounding. This set could change how you think of this controversial conductor.

--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 in C major "Singulière" by Franz Berwald
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 06/09/1967 
Venue:  Live  Royal Music Academy, Stockholm, Sweden 
Length: 26 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
2.
Symphony no 4 in A major, Op. 90 "Italian" by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/09/1953 
Venue:  Live  Jesus-Christus-Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
3.
Marionettes: Overture by Hilding Rosenberg
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Sweden 
Date of Recording: 10/21/1962 
Venue:  Live  Konserthuset, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
4.
Hamlet Suite, Op. 30 by Heinz Tiessen
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/07/1957 
Venue:  Live  Jesus-Christus-Church, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording. 
5.
Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1773 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Kingsway Hall, London, England (12/28/1948 - 12/29/1948) 
6.
Symphony no 1 in D major, Op. 25 "Classical" by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916-1917; Russia 
Venue:  Church of the 12 Apostles, Berlin 
Length: 14 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Church of the 12 Apostles, Berlin (02/04/1948 - 02/06/1948) 
7.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1970 
Venue:  Live  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
8.
Annen Polka, Op. 117 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1970 
Venue:  Live  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
9.
Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka, Op. 214 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1970 
Venue:  Live  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
10.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Live  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
11.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 2, March by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Kingsway Hall, London, England (12/28/1948 - 12/29/1948) 
12.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 4, Trépak by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Kingsway Hall, London, England (12/28/1948 - 12/29/1948) 
13.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 6, Chinese Dance by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Kingsway Hall, London, England (12/28/1948 - 12/29/1948) 
14.
Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a: no 7, Dance of the Reeds by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Kingsway Hall, London, England (12/28/1948 - 12/29/1948) 
15.
Maskarade, FS 39: Overture by Carl Nielsen
Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; Denmark 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1970 
Venue:  Live  Danish Radio Concert Hall, Copenhagen 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 

Sound Samples

Maskarade: Overture
Sinfonie singulière (Symphony No. 3) in C: I. Allegro fuocoso
Sinfonie singulière (Symphony No. 3) in C: II. Adagio - Scherzo. Allegro assai - Adagio
Sinfonie singulière (Symphony No. 3) in C: III. Finale, presto
Symphony No. 4 in A 'Italian' Op. 90: I. Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 4 in A 'Italian' Op. 90: II. Andante con moto
Symphony No. 4 in A 'Italian' Op. 90: III. Con moto moderato
Symphony No. 4 in A 'Italian' Op. 90: IV. Saltarello. Presto
The Nutcracker - Suite, Op.71a: Marche
The Nutcracker - Suite, Op.71a: Danse russe (trépak)
The Nutcracker - Suite, Op.71a: Danse chinoise
The Nutcracker - Suite, Op.71a: Danse des mirlitons
Marionetter: Overture
Hamlet-Suite, Op.30: I. Vorspiel (Stürmische Winternacht am Meer, auf der einsamen Schlossterasse)
Hamlet-Suite, Op.30: II. Ophelias Tod (Intermezzo nach dem 4. Akt)
Hamlet-Suite, Op.30: III. Totenmarsch (Schluss des 5. Aktes)
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183: Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183: Andante
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183: Menuetto - trio
Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K183: Allegro
Symphony No. 1, 'Classical' Op. 25 (2004 Digital Remaster): I Allegro
Symphony No. 1, 'Classical' Op. 25 (2004 Digital Remaster): II Larghetto
Symphony No. 1, 'Classical' Op. 25 (2004 Digital Remaster): III Gavotte. Non troppo allegro
Symphony No. 1, 'Classical' Op. 25 (2004 Digital Remaster): IV Finale. Molto vivace
Die Fledermaus: Overture
Annen-Polka Op. 117
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka Op. 214
Radetzky March Op. 228

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