C1208. SERGIU CELIBIDACHE Cond. RAI S.O., Torino: Symphony #7 in A (Beethoven), Live Performance, 18 Feb., 1955; Brandenburg Concerto #3 (Bach); Le Tombeau de Couperin (Ravel), Live Performance, 17 Dec., 1957. (Germany) Archipel 0399. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 4035122403992
“At the end of WW II the Allied forces started looking for a conductor to lead the Berlin Philharmonic. Furtwängler had not yet been denazified. A competition using the radio orchestra was held, and for the first time in his life Mr. Celibidache actually stepped on a podium. He says he was not scared. ''I didn't have anything to lose, because I never figured to win. ‘But win he did, and from 1945 to 1948 was the principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. He had no repertory, and says that everything was new to him’. It was a hard schooling but of extraordinary benefit.
Furtwängler returned in 1948 and Mr. Celibidache shared the podium with him. ‘I helped him with the denazification’, Mr. Celibidache said. ‘But Furtwängler was a jealous man. When he heard about my successes, his friendship cooled’."
- Harold C. Schonberg, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 26 Feb., 1984
“Although he has sanctioned no recordings in his maturity, Mr. Celibidache's fame has spread widely - as the last of the absolutist maestros, as one who insists on four or five times more rehearsals than anyone else, as the end of a mystical line of conductors stretching back through Wilhelm Furtwängler to Richard Wagner, as a mannered eccentric, as a fountain of spiritual pronouncements. For Mr. Celibidache, speed is not the only path to excitement: the subtle gradations of tension through exactly sculpted detail can achieve the same results.
He's just an extraordinarily fascinating musician whose performances will linger in the memory for a lifetime.”
- John Rockwell, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 April, 1989
"Celibidache was the most phenomenally gifted musician. He could shape a piece any way he liked, and did....of his musicianship, his ability and his showmanship there can be no doubt. His intellect was prodigious - he spoke fifteen languages, or it may have been thirty. Who knows? He was a truly, truly great musician. He was certainly a character and conductor one can't ignore in terms of the development of conducting in the second half of the twentieth century".
- Norman Lebrecht
"The transcedentally-endowed Romanian conductor, Sergiu Celibidache, studied Philosophy and Mathematics at the University of Bucharest. In 1936 he went to Berlin and continued his studies, largely concerning himself with wave mechanics, but also with musical studies. He wrote his doctorate on Josquin des Pres. From 1939 to 1945 he studied at the Berlin College of Music under Fritz Stein, Kurt Thomas and Walter Gmeindl.
After completing his studies, Sergiu Celibidache was immediately able to work with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra because the orchestra's previous conductor, Wilhelm Furtwängler, was suspected of collaboration and received no permit for public performances. For three years, he conducted most concerts of the famous orchestra and proved his exceptional personality. After Wilhelm Furtwängler's return as the head of the orchestra he mainly worked as a guest conductor without committing himself to any single orchestra for a long period because his demands were almost impossible to fulfill, and he himself was not willing to make any concessions to his musicians or audience. At first, he continued to work mainly with Berlin orchestras - the Philharmonic Orchestra and the RIAS Berlin Radio Orchestra. After the appointment of Herbert von Karajan as the principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Celibidache did not conduct the orchestra again for another 37 years.
1948 saw the debut of Sergiu Celibidache in London. Then he frequently conducted in Italy. From 1959 he was regularly invited by the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra. From 1960 to 1962 he held master courses at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena; the young conductors were extremely keen to be admitted. In 1962 he became the director of the Stockholm Radio Symphony Orchestra, which he completely rebuilt. From 1973 to 1975 he was the primary permanent guest conductor of the French Orchestre National. In 1979 he became the director of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, which he made one of the best orchestras in the world. In Munich he held master courses in orchestral conducting. Despite his severe illness he didn't stop conducting until a few months before his death."
- Zillah D. Akron