Every track an act of creation: Sergiu Celibidache’s years in Munich on 49 CDs.
When conductor Sergiu Celebidache died in August 1996, the world not only lost one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, but also one of its most idiosyncratic. “Celi”, as friends and fans still call him, boycotted the record. For him, music was an unrepeatable experience in whose uniqueness musicians and listeners in the concert hall should share equally. The live recordings approved by the Maestro are all the more important. Just one year after his death, an incomparable edition of the documents that Celibidache left behind with the Munich Philharmonic began to appear under the old EMI label. Now this precious legacy appears in the box The Munich Years on 49 CDs.
The recordings offer cycles that the conductor would never have produced in the studio: eight Beethoven symphonies, seven symphonies by Anton Bruckner, the complete symphonies by Johannes Brahms, as well as key works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Haydn and Debussy – but also choral works such as Mozart, Brahms’ and Verdi’s Requiem and Bach’s Mass in B minor. Each recording is characterized by Celibidache’s idiosyncratic style, which is characterized by a special perception of sound and tempo, which he anchored philosophically in a way that many consider extreme: For him, it was not the work itself that mattered, but the experience of “making music”. first place. Along with a singular perfectionism came a total rejection of commercial superficiality. “I hate the personality cult,” he said. “I don’t give autographs, I don’t do interviews, I don’t make any records.” The documents from the Munich years are among the few that can be expressly considered authorised. A special document is also a rare and long-unavailable studio recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, which is included here as a bonus.