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Today’s Memory – Sergiu Celibidache

”You can’t do anything other than let it happen. You just let it evolve. You don’t do anything yourself. All you do is make sure that nothing disturbs this wonderful creation in any way. You are extremely active and at the same time extremely passive. You don’t do anything; you just let it evolve”

Sergiu Celibidache

28 June 1912, Roman, Neamt County – 14 August 1996, La Neuville-sur-Essonne, Loiret


Sergiu Celibidache was a Romanian-born German conductor, composer, and teacher who noted for both his perfectionism, which occasioned numerous rehearsals, and his opposition to recording music.

Beethoven – Egmont Overture Berlin Philharmonic, Conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1950)

Educated in his native Romania, and later in Paris and Berlin, Celibidache’s career in music spanned over five decades, including tenures as principal conductor for the Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic and several European orchestras.

Sergei Prokofiev – Symphony No. 6 Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1972)

Later in life, he taught at Mainz University in Germany and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 4 in E flat major „Romantic” Münchner Philharmoniker, Conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1983)

Celibidache frequently refused to release his performances on commercial recordings during his lifetime claiming that a listener could not obtain a transcendental experience outside of the concert hall. Many of the recordings of his performances were released posthumously.

Dvořák – Symohony No. 9 in E minor op. 95 „From The New World” Münchner Philharmoniker, Conductor Sergiu Celibidache (1991)

Nonetheless, he earned international acclaim for celebrated interpretations of classical music repertoire and was known for a spirited performance style informed by his study and experiences in Zen Buddhism.

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George Enescu – Rapsodia Română Nr. 1 (Romanan Simphony No. 1) Orchestra Filarmonicii George Enescu, Dirijor Sergiu Celibidache (Ateneul Român, 1972)

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