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on 9 January 2011
Sergiu Celibidache was a great, albeit controversial, conductor of his time and an enigma to many. Director Jan Schmidt-Garre's film sets out to shed some light on Celi's biography, his approach to music and conducting, his work as a teacher and, ultimately, his philosophical positions. There are quite probing and revealing interviews, documentations of some rehearsals and performances and much footage of Celi's teaching the then young generation of musicians. One would have wished for more rehearsal and performance film clips, but given Celibidache's resistance to all forms of recording the decisive and yet elusive moment of musical performance, there obviously was not too much choice available. All in all, this is an outstanding documentary, achieved with respect and sensitivity and beautifully realized.
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