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Anton Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 7-9 / Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 - The Celibidache Edition Box set, Original recording remastered


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  • Performer: Anton Bruckner, Franz Schubert, Sergiu Celibidache, SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Audio CD (June 13, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B00004DTQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. 1. Allegro Moderato
2. 2. Adagio. Sehr Feierlich Und Sehr Langsam
3. 3. Scherzo. Sehr Schnell - Trio
4. 4. Finale. Bewegt, Doch Nicht Schnell
Disc: 2
1. 1. Allegro Moderato
2. 2. Scherzo. Allegro Moderato - Trio. Langsam
3. 3. Adagio. Feierlich Langsam; Doch Nicht Schleppend
Disc: 3
1. 4. Finale. Feierlich, Nicht Schnell
2. 1. Allegro
3. 2. Andante Con Moto
4. 3. Menuetto. Allegro Molto - Trio
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Disc: 4
1. 1. Feierlich, Misterioso
2. 2. Scherzo. Bewegt, Lebhaft - Trio. Schnell
3. 3. Adagio. Langsam, Feierlich
Disc: 5
1. First Movement: Rehearsal (Part 1)
2. Second Movement: Rehearsal (Part 2)
3. Third Movement: Rehearsal

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Sergiu Celibidache felt a particular spiritual affinity with the symphonies of Anton Bruckner. They constituted the core of his repertoire, and he had very strong opinions about their performance, referring to other "so-called Bruckner conductors" as "camel drivers" who "haven't understood the first thing about Bruckner." Whatever one thinks of Celibidache's rhetoric, these live 1970's performances, part of Deutsche Grammophon's Celibidache Edition, allow us to hear how this famously elusive conductor (he hated recordings) actually played Bruckner. Celibidache protested that recordings were "not music", and philosophically, at least, he had a point. There are innumerable phenomena taking place during a performance that are not captured by sound recording devices. Perhaps it's these missing intangible aspects that bar these performances from the realm of the extraordinary. Because, despite all the legend and hype, what we have here is some pretty much standard Bruckner, recorded in not very good sound. By comparison, the later EMI recordings with the Munich Philharmonic (in first-class sound) feature readings that, with their amazingly slow tempos and shockingly sustained intensity of orchestral playing over the long time-spans, better represent Celibidache's musico-mystic image.

Symphony No. 7 runs a little over an hour on the DG set, and except for some added timpani rolls in the adagio's climax, comes off as pretty straightforward. The Stuttgart Eighth sounds rushed compared to the Munich performance, which clocked in at over 100 minutes. Only the finale's unusually broad pacing hints at the incredible expansion that was to come. Celibidache's Stuttgart Ninth, the freshest, most direct performance of the three, moves along in a very brisk manner which comes as a shock after his big, heavy and very long EMI account. Okay, so what's so special about this DG set? Perhaps the answer lies in Celibidache's concept of orchestral sound itself. Unlike his last years, during which he strove for ultimate clarity of inner detail and musical line, Celibidache's earlier Stuttgart style aims at just the opposite-- heavily blended sonorities, smoothed accents and rounded attacks--mannerisms that may have sounded transcendental in performance, but which in these dynamically limited and recessed recordings make the music sound soft-edged and underplayed. At least the EMI recordings present a Bruckner experience you won't hear anywhere else (whether or not you'll want to hear it very often remains an open question). Barring those, and unless you really want the coupled Schubert Symphony No. 5 (a fine reading) or the bonus disc of Celibidache painstakingly rehearsing the same few minutes of the Seventh and Eighth symphonies over and over (in German), go for Eugen Jochum's contemporaneous and far more idiomatic performances with the Dresden Staatskapelle on EMI. -- From ClassicsToday.com

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On the credit side, Celibidache made a fine orchestra of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony. He arrived there at a time when they were in the doldrums, they liked his way of working on a beautiful, harmonious and rhythmically coherent sound and persuaded him to stay. Typical for his manner was his refusal to be appointed; but he stayed anyway and laid down the law. According to credible testimony, after a year or so the musicians felt they could claim to being the second best in the land after you-know-who. This was before the Leipzig and Dresden orchestra re-joined "the land", but let us not quibble. Some of his rehearsal tapes accompanied editions of these posthumously issued recordings (all live), which give one a good glimpse into his methods. Celibidache always wanted the musicians to understand where certain phrases came from and where they are going. My first impression of his conducting came on a day when I walked into a record shop where Brahms No. 1, the Finale was playing. I was astonished at the vibrancy of the performance, and even more so when told that it was a Celibidache concert (I knew he never made recordings). Anyway, I bought the set there and then.
These Bruckner tapes were issued later. By this time I had become somewhat used to Celibi and returned from his to the Brahmsian context. Repeated exposure familiarised me with his approach, which in the long run was revealed to be interesting, but not ultimately convincing. For lack of a better word I will call it "a search for the grace of the hour". It is notoriously difficult to sustain over a long work and in a public performance, where you are not alone, but susceptible to audience reactions and other fortuitous circumstances affecting the music making.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2004
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What incandescent music making we have here. Celibidache truly guides us though a magical journey of discovery and spirituality. Your idea of music is altogether changed after listening to Celibidache.
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11 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 2001
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God, Allah, Jehovah, Om, are the only words that come to mind when listening to Celibidache conduct Bruckner. Listen and weep.
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