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Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache's attitude toward recordings of music was the polar opposite of Glenn Gould's: he found them to be dangerous distortions that could never recapture the holistic experience of the live concert hall. Since his death in 1996, Celibidache's heirs have nevertheless decided to combat the proliferation of dubious pirate discs with an authorized edition on EMI. This recording is from the series's second volume, which illustrates the conductor's particularly deep, lifelong affinity for the music of Anton Bruckner and draws from concerts he gave with the Munich Philharmonic in the '80s and '90s (one of the most probing and incandescent is Celibidache's account of the Ninth Symphony).

Bruckner was once described as a "God-intoxicated man." His large-scale, symphonically rich Mass in F Minor (first performed in 1872 and later revised several times) is a statement of faith that is at once humble and resonant with the assurance of inner peace. Celibidache's broad tempi allow the music to build from within and show a command of the special breath that is unique to Bruckner. The result often seems to step outside the ordinary experience of time, with a sense of spaciousness that conveys both the austerity and mystery of a Romanesque basilica. Grandly massed passages of fugal momentum are shaped with a granitic beauty, while the ecstatic figurations of the Et incarnatus est (its solo violin and viola accompaniment reminiscent of the Benedictus from Beethoven's Missa Solemnis) seem to float like incense. Even in the most sonorous climaxes, Celibidache maintains a sensitive transparency of choral and orchestral textures. Whatever the current vogue for New Age "spiritual" music, this inspired performance confirms how truly transporting Bruckner's aesthetic vision remains. --Thomas May


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  1. Mass No. 3 In F Minor: Kyrie12:38Album Only
  2. Mass No. 3 In F Minor: Gloria15:11Album Only
  3. Mass No. 3 In F Minor: Credo24:20Album Only
  4. Mass No. 3 In F Minor: Sanctus 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Mass No. 3 In F Minor: Benedictus11:35Album Only
  6. Mass No. 3 In F Minor: Agnus Dei10:44Album Only

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  • Performer: Margaret Price, Doris Soffel, Peter Straka, Matthias Hölle, Philharmonischer Chor München
  • Orchestra: Münchner Philharmoniker
  • Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000IG36
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,562 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Lipscomb on June 12, 2005
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I have owned nearly a dozen recordings of Bruckner's 3rd Mass over the years, but Celibidache's interpretation really stands out from the rest. Unlike Celibidache's mostly very slow Bruckner symphony recordings, the tempos here are fairly conventional. This reading has some of the most beautifully spiritual playing I have ever heard in ANY choral work on disc. The audience is reasonably quiet, and EMI's sonics are warm and immediate.

But, to complicate matters, there is more than one Celibidache "live" recording of the Mass #3. This EMI CD captures a performance of 6 March 1990. There was also a reading from 13 September 1990 on Exclusive CD EX92T37/38, which has a different bass (EMI's Matthias Holle was replaced by Hans Sotin). The performances are very similar (there is a bit more audience coughing on Exclusive, which is likely why EMI chose the quieter March reading; the orchestral sound is pretty much identical in both). That 2-CD set also contains amazing accounts of Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" Symphony (Munich Phil. 1981) and the Overture to Weber's "Oberon" (Stuttgart 1982).

I warmly recommend this EMI version of Celibidache's uniquely reverent Bruckner Mass. It clearly surpasses every version I have heard from other forces (e.g., Jochum on DG, though Maria Stader's soprano is very beautiful, Karl Forster's on LP, etc.). I still keep the work's first recording on a Vox LP conducted by Ferdinand Grossman, but it is Celibidache that I reach for more often. If you can find the Exclusive CD set, it offers an equally spiritual reading, plus some astonishing examples of Celibidache's way with Hindemith & Weber. And a perfect complement to this Mass is the fine film by Jan-Schmidt Garre called "Sergiu Celibidache and Bruckner's Mass in F Minor: In Rehearsal.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Cavalla on March 13, 2000
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Bruckner's Mass in f, like nearly all of his music, goes beyond being spiritual in the broadest sense, to literally reaching for infinity. This performance by Sergiu Celibidache and the Munich Philharmonic comes as close to scaling the heights of the infinite as any performance I have ever heard. From the very beginning, Celi's broad phrases and resplendent sonorities bring an almost unimaginable purity and beauty to the work. At 77 minutes, it seems Celi should have stretched this piece to the breaking point, but instead time seems to stand still and we are left with a performance that I wish would never end.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Brucknerian2006 on May 6, 2006
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Having never listened to any sacred works before, I was unsure of what to expect with this Mass. However as I have become more and more amazed and moved by Bruckner's symphonies I decided to try a work, a work that dealt most directly with Bruckner's faith. Regarding Celibidache this was the first recording I had heard of this amazing conductor. I had watched the Celibidache dvd and became intrigued with this intelligent conductor. It is known that he loved Bruckner's music perhaps above that of any other composer, so I decided to try the FMinor Mass. After the second listen I started to understand and love this work. For the third listen I went to the library and grabed the score. All I can say is if you like or love Bruckner's symphonies you will thoroughly enjoy this powerful work. The harmonies are simply pure Brucknerian beauty. The only quibble I have is with the occasional cough(most of Celibidache's recordings are live). However, once you immerse yourself in this work everything but the music disappears. As with all Bruckner's orchestral works words cannot describe, so run and get this recording of Bruckner's Fminor Mass, conducted by an amazing maestro. By the way the acoustics and orchestral sound are exquisite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Leedham on August 10, 2013
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Bruckner and Celibidache were made for each other! Each brings to this music an intense intuition of and faith in a supreme driving force that gives meaning to all of human existence... Which, if it is to be expressed in musical form, must be created and then performed with absolute conviction.

I doubt there is a more compelling performance of Bruckner's Mass in F minor.

Celibidache has his fans and his detractors. (tempo and overall architecture come up in negatives)Though his mastery of his forces is unquestionable: His attention to harmony, rhythm, line arc and development are flawless. And the Munich Phil produce a warm string and gorgeous brass that is truly wonderful.

This, the third of Bruckner's masses, is the point at which he seems to have finally mastered the mass in his own terms as a mature musical form. (1868) The same might be said for his third symphony.(1873-77-89) The former to express transcendental faith. The latter... well, at least about the transcendental power of musical expression...

And while the third symphony owes much to Wagner's influence, the Mass in F minor, which was written before Bruckner had finally found his symphonic voice, owes much to Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and to Mozart. For me the Missa references are especially poignant.

The Credo is an extraordinary conception: Assertive to just this side of aggressive, with its use of marshall drums and fanfares at the beginning, returning towards the end to underscore Bruckner's passionate avowal of his faith.

It is when we get to the Benedictus and then the Sanctus that the performance must be utterly convincing to have its intended effect.
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