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Celibidache Edition - French & Russian Music Box set

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  • Conductor: Sergei Celibidache
  • Composer: Bela Bartok, Claude Debussy, Darius Milhaud, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Prokofiev, et al.
  • Audio CD (17 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brought together here in four special volumes the Celibidache series celebrates the extraordinary legacy of his collaboration with the Müncher Philharmoniker portraying the excitement and atmosphere of their live performances.  These recordings are unique to EMI Classics and were painstakingly mastered to retain and recreate the vibrancy and impact of Celibidache and the Müncher Philharmoniker’s live performances.  2012 is the centenary of Celibidache’s birth with his estate planning various celebratory activities.  EMI Classics are releasing this collection in co-operation with his estate who will help to promote Celibidache’s unique style and output through the release of materials from his archive.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mathias broucek on 24 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Lot's of eccentric stuff in here but also some real gems. The Tchaik 6 features extraordinary textures and unbelievable playing from the orchestra - given the slow speads the ensemble and breath control are amazing. The tempi are slow but if you forget what you usually hear, this is wonderful.

Not all the collection is of the same quality, but there are some breathtaking moments including a beautifully textured La Mer.

Not a first or only choice but if you like beautiful textures and aren't scared of non-standard interpretations, this is worth a look at the v low price.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. T. Pailing on 23 Feb. 2012
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Pictures at an exhibition never looked/sounded better, coupled with bolero is a winner by itself, each track is a well known
Piece, superbly played, even if you have some of this music do not be put off,EMI have re mastered to a high acceptable
Standard, I play these EMI box sets regularly an d have very little to moan about, this particular set is in my opinion flawless,
It is difficult to find a recording of Scherherazade that is both wallet and ear friendly, well it is in this box, it is a rich semi heavy
Tonal sound superbly played. it's about time that recording companies dusted their old shelves and did something about pirating
Their protected music, selling it for a reasonable price is surely going to make inferior illegal MP3. Downloads undesirable.
Good for EMI taking the lead, even though thr Gramaphone reported that they have been bought out.
Full WAV files are always better than squashed tomatoes
I see that the complete Toscanini is on offer,although a bargain for what you get, however, it's a bit much for a one off,maybe if
It were offered in say four parts? As I for one have already got the first two downloads from Amazon.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Three or four essential items and lots more that is good 30 July 2013
By enthusiast - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes sold for a bargain price, this set can be a very worthwhile way of buying the three or four essential items contained within it. Many of the performances in this box are "merely" good and successful rather than distinctive and distinguished. Certainly this is not overflowing with wonders to the same extent as the companion "Bruckner" and "Symphonies" boxes are. But there is a very wonderful Scheherazade and a really powerful (and powerfully different) Tchaik 5. There is a really lovely - and again very different - Nutcracker Suite. These recordings are amongst my favourites of these works. I listen to them often and always with great pleasure. There is also an impressive Tchaik 4 and a good Prokofiev 5. La Mer is impressive also - if a little unidiomatic - and after a rather dreary first movement the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra is very worthwhile. The rest is worth sifting through - many seem to like the Pathetique but I find much of it prosaic. Buy the aforementioned other Celibidache Munich sets first but do at least sample this set's Tchaikovsky and Rimsky Korsakov.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Many treasures and most that is worthwhile. 21 Jan. 2014
By eric ross - Published on
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The only term i can think of that adequately describes Celi's performances is revelatory. He reveals music in a way that no other conductor I can think of does. The slow tempos of the Debussy, the tempo changes within many of the symphonic movements, all serve to bring out the beauty and uniqueness of each phrase. There isn't a work in this set that isn't illumined. I came to Celi late in life, and am grateful to hear works i'd grown tired of in new and refreshing ways. It's hard to single out particular favourites because all benefit from Celi's attention and inspired imagination.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The uneven Celibidache 10 July 2013
By Flavio Jose Morsch - Published on
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First of all, I would mean as "uneven" some choices from this box: It would be possible to place into the last disc something Hungarian else than rehersals. For God`s sake, CD5 has just 28 minutes for Nutcracker Suite, when there were many options. Should it be Tchaikovsky, why not Manfred? Well, may be Celi has never recorded it, as he did not Bruckner 's and Tchaikovsky`s symphonies 1 and 2. However, by no means Nutcracker Suite alone is an intelligent alternative, even for ancient ages.
All French music, despite tiresome Ravel Bolero, are welcome and well played.

Prokofiev `s 5th is gorgeous.
Yes, we know Celi is the king of idiosyncrasy, meanwhile some people say he makes everything in the same shape,"as does Karajan". Well, this could be a "quality standard matter"...

One could ask why are there Shostakovitch symphonies 1 and 9 instead of other symphony by Dmitry... more suitable to Celi sluggish grandeur. May be there are no recordings whatsoever.

Tchaikovsky last symphonies: The Fourth is obviously slow in first movement, sensitive, despite abrasive at Fate'S fanfarre and fast at Coda. Last movement seemed to me more vulgar than usually, due to "staccato" evidence for the folk theme.
The Fifth is good, very thoughtful in the less important 1st mov; Slow movement is correct, though it made me recall Stravinsky 's statement "How can we like so a popular work as Beethoven`s 5th?".
The valse is unimportant. Finale has proper solemnity in Celi`s slow path.
As for "Pathetique", we have a very long and dramatic 1st mov, touching, moving, thrilling, as well as the final adagio is not as slow as Bernstein`s, yet properly underlined as "Tchai`s Requiem".
Meaning there are 11 CDs,nevertheless they could be 9, it is a very economic and impressive option even if you have already some items elsewhere.

Flávio José Morsch
Santa Cruz do Sul, Brasil
superb 9 Jun. 2015
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