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Celibidache: In Rehearsal & Performance [DVD] [2007]

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  • Writers: Richard Strauss
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Euroarts
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2007
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NOIWNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,892 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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'Till Eulenspiegel finds Celibidache still in his physical prime, rehearsing with extraordinary energy and attention to detail. The pace is astonishing, the concentration almost electric... The resulting performance is exceptional in terms of its precision... Celibidache remains a fascinating watch and listen.' --Julian Haylock, International Record Review

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Sergiu Celibidache - In Rehearsal and Performance


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars celibidache-the inherent difficulty. 26 Oct 2008
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The inherent problem with all Celibidache recordings is that they contradict his philosophy of music. He did not believe music should be recorded because it de humanised it. He famously said that listening to a record was like going to bed with a photo of Brigitte Bardot.
I was lucky to see him live many times and the essential point is that you need to forget all other performances you have heard of the piece he is conducting. People who complained of his slow tempi missed the point. it's the rhythmic pulse that matters and that cannot be measured in minutes and seconds as some critics seem to think. When you heard him "live" you got sucked into the performance, but to do that you had to forget that his speeds were slower than other conductors. If you did not then you ceased to "listen" but were simply hearing another performance in your mind and sub consciously making a comparison.
To get the best out his performances you had to concerntrate as hard as the performers. That's easier to achieve in the concert hall than it is at home.
The other point is that he could draw extraordinay colour from an orchestra which never comes over on CD or DVD. I remember a "Pictures from an Exhibition" he did with the LSO at the RFH in about 1980 and the entry to the Great gate of Kiev sounded like liquid gold because he "blended" the timpani and brass like no other conductor could ever do. none of the recordings available recreate that sound.
That said it is better to have the EMI and DG recordings plus the DVDs because at least go some way to giving an impression of what he was like, but if you want to "take the plunge" do remember if you listen to a piece you know very well from other recordings just try and put everything you have heard out of your mind and approach the Celibidache recording as if you had never heard the piece before. I know that's a big ask but just let the music wash over you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a bit disturbing 11 May 2007
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
I admit that I am not very familiar with the work of Sergiu Celibidache. For one thing, I have been put off by the messianic tone of his admirers. But then I never heard him conduct, have had very little exposure to his meager legacy of commercial recordings (or even that flood of 'unauthorized' recordings that began after he died) and have never talked with anyone who knew him personally or played under him. So it was interesting to watch the thirty minute rehearsal segment of Strauss's 'Till Eulenspiegel' on this DVD. In that 1965 black and white film we see Celibidache rehearsing the SWR Radio Symphony of Stuttgart and, it must be said, being rather high-handed in his treatment of the players. Although he tried to soften his tone about 'mistakes' the players made -- and frankly I thought he was nit-picking in a way that surely was not particularly helpful for the players; and, my goodness, he talked a lot! -- he still came across, to my mind, as patronizing. Even in the concert segment of 'Till' one could see him making angry faces at the players when they did something that displeased him. Add to that the hagiographic -- and extremely pretentious -- booklet notes by Christoph Schüren who reportedly 'studied with Celibidache for many years' and I was left overall with a negative impression. I do understand that a conductor must get across his intentions to the orchestra when rehearsing but I do think it can be done without demeaning the musicians, or by talking and talking. It was rare that the orchestra played more than a few bars before he stopped them, usually peremptorily, even angrily, and began again expounding his views. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Recording! 1 Feb 2009
By Erez Katz - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish the sound/picture quality was better but none the less this is an incredible recording of the pieces. Scheherezade recordings are so similar to each other, even Celibidache's audio recording by EMI label is closer to the "norm". This one is different and unique. Celibidache brings out the hidden parts of the score, and even though I own the score and numerous other recordings (and listened to this piece countless times) I was surprised to discover what Celibidache "squeezed" out of it.

I view this film as an important and rare document.
17 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but a bit disturbing 11 May 2007
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
I admit that I am not very familiar with the work of Sergiu Celibidache. For one thing, I have been put off by the messianic tone of his admirers. But then I never heard him conduct, have had very little exposure to his meager legacy of commercial recordings (or even that flood of 'unauthorized' recordings that began after he died) and have never talked with anyone who knew him personally or played under him. So it was interesting to watch the thirty minute rehearsal segment of Strauss's 'Till Eulenspiegel' on this DVD. In that 1965 black and white film we see Celibidache rehearsing the SWR Radio Symphony of Stuttgart and, it must be said, being rather high-handed in his treatment of the players. Although he tried to soften his tone about 'mistakes' the players made -- and frankly I thought he was nit-picking in a way that surely was not particularly helpful for the players; and, my goodness, he talked a lot! -- he still came across, to my mind, as patronizing. Even in the concert segment of 'Till' one could see him making angry faces at the players when they did something that displeased him. Add to that the hagiographic -- and extremely pretentious -- booklet notes by Christoph Schüren who reportedly 'studied with Celibidache for many years' and I was left overall with a negative impression. I do understand that a conductor must get across his intentions to the orchestra when rehearsing but I do think it can be done without demeaning the musicians, or by talking and talking. It was rare that the orchestra played more than a few bars before he stopped them, usually peremptorily, even angrily, and began again expounding his views.

That said, the two concert segments -- the 'Till' performance and a 1982 beautifully filmed performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherazade' (in richly saturated color) -- were very nicely played, although I did have some problems with Celibidache's arbitrary distortions of tempi. I can't say that these performances were notably better than others I've heard/seen, but perhaps I was already of a mind to resist Celibidache's legend.

So, this DVD is for those who already admire the conductor or for those who want to see his rehearsal style for themselves, as well as have two reasonably acceptable performances of two orchestral warhorses.

I hope I have made my biases clear and that anyone reading this review will take them into account.

Sound: PCM Stereo; Rehearsal and Titles in German; Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish; Disc format: DVD 9; TT=104mins

Scott Morrison
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