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The eternal mystery,
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This review is from: Celibidache: Firebrand and Philosopher [Friedrich Gulda [Arthaus: 101661] [DVD] [NTSC]  (DVD)
Despite the fact that Celibidache died in 1996 material about his life regularly springs up in DVD or CD format. This latest offering consists of a series of interviews with students, family and Barenboim. They all narrate their experiences of him. Some of the material has been seen in previous offerings. The main issue is whether this film offers any new insights into this highly individual and complex man. Generally the answer is "no".
We hear repeated attempts to explain his approach to music and how he defined and explored it. However the consensus is that music cannot really be explained by words and even Celibidache could not unravel its mysteries no matter how often and how hard he tried. He openly admits that in 40 years of teaching he could not succeed in getting any of his students to understand what he was saying.
My conclusion is that you can watch this DVD and enjoy it and find some interesting information about his early life but you won't get to understand what music is all about. If you want to get to know what he achieved just keep listening to the EMI and DG boxed CD sets that were issued some years after his death.