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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Celibidache Bruckner 9


Celibidache Bruckner 9 (part one)

Visionary, perfectionist, dedicated teacher and legendary trainer of orchestras, Celibidache was a conductor who inspired devotion from his audiences and loyalty from his players, whom he would rehearse tirelessly to achieve the results that won him the reputation of being one of the great geniuses of the musical world.

Refusing to embrace recording, and basing his career almost exclusively in Germany, he acquired a cult status for the profundity of his musical approach, not least in the symphonies of Bruckner, to which he brought characteristically measured tempos and an unfailing intensity of expression. After his death, several recordings of his concerts were finally released officially.

Celibidache Bruckner 9 (part two)

An initiation to the mysteries of orchestra conducting and to the music of Anton Bruckner by Sergiu Celibidache, a conductor who is larger than life.

"No, no, no!" That’s how Sergiu Celibidache describes a rehearsal: only “no”, never “yes”. We see him at work in 1991 with “his” Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (he was the musical director from 1979 until his death in 1996), tirelessly rehearsing each measure, each detail of the Adagio of Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony.

He has conducted this composition at least 2000 times, he claims, he knows it better than anyone else and amazingly works on it without a score: he always knows exactly where each musician is. But that’s not enough, it’s never enough.

This exceptional document initiates us to the “Celibidachian” mysteries of orchestra conducting and, in the process, to Bruckner’s music about which the Romanian conductor talks abundantly. Even though he thinks “Bruckner cannot be understood. But he may be experienced. And when you experience him, there is something of his grandeur that comes to each one of us”. That is certain.-- Medici.TV

Celibidache rehearsals Bruckner 9th symphony.

Rehearsal and performance.

Celibidache Rehearses Bruckner's Ninth

Music Documentary / 58 min / 2006
Sergiu Celibidache rehearsed Bruckner's ninth symphony with the Munich Philharmonic for an extended and intense period. Using previously unreleased 16mm footage, the film focuses on the conductor for unusually long sequences, revealing the musical interaction in this tantalizing process of rediscovering a seemingly familiar piece.
Directed by Jan Schmidt-Garre
Produced by PARS MEDIA
Co-produced by BR and ARTE
Supported by Media+

Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)
Symphony No.9 in D minor, WAB109
Sergiu Celibidache
Münchener Philharmoniker
8 10/1981