SERGIU CELIBIDACHE IN BERLIN: THE EARLY YEARS 1945-1948

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CD No.1 (73:26) Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3 (10 Nov. 1946); Brahms: Symphony No.4 (21 Nov. 1945); Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche (31 Aug. 1947). CD No.2 (74:20) Dvorak: concerto in B minor, Op.104 (Tibor de Machula, cello) (18 Nov. 1945); Britten: Sinfonia de Requiem, Op.20 (10 Nov. 1946); Prokofiev: Classical Symphony, Op.25 (6 July 1946). CD No.3 (75:33) Haydn: Symphony No.94 in G Major (28 Sep. 1946); Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op.9 (19 Apr. 1947); Debussy: La Mer (20 Mar. 1948) Debussy: Nocturnes No.2 (10 Nov. 1946); Gliére: Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op.82: beginning (Erna Berger, soprano) (7 July 1946). CD No.4 (78:52) Gliére: Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op.82; conclusion (7 July 1946); Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy (25 Mar. 1946); Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite Nr.2, Op.64b (1 Sept. 1946); Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque, Op.42 (24 July 1945). All above with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, except CD No.4 cut 10 with Berlin Radio Orchestra. First official release of the original master tapes in the collection of Deutches Rundfunkarchiv. AAD UPC #0-17685-10792-4 A co-production with Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv.


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A 33-year-old Romanian called Sergiu Celibidache, nearly unknown to the public, first conducted the Berlin Philharmonic on August 29, 1945, and scored a great success. Since 1936 he had been a student in Berlin, reading philosophy, religion, mathematics, and finally music (at the Berlin Music Academy, where he conducted choral ensembles and chamber groups in 1944). His accession to the conductorship of the Philharmonic was due to a series of lucky coincidences; Furtwängler was awaiting de-Nazification in Switzerland; the orchestra's first post-war conductor, Leo Borchard, had been accidentally shot to death by an American sentry on August 23, 1945; none of the well-known conductors was available or acceptable to the four powers occupying Berlin as a successor; and Celibidache, "politically a virgin," as he later characterized himself, won the mantle by default, having already proven his mettle by conducting the Soviet sector Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. This collection chosen from the original master tapes preserved in Deutches Rundfunkarchiv presents the young Celibidarches best performances with BPO during his first three seasons. Extensive liner notes in German and English.



"A high level of interpretative individuality."

--Rob Cowan, Gramophone



CD-1079(4) SERGIU CELIBIDACHE IN BERLIN: THE EARLY YEARS, 1945-1948 CD No.1 (73:26) Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3 (10 Nov. 1946); Brahms: Symphony No.4 (21 Nov. 1945); Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche (31 Aug. 1947). CD No.2 (74:20) Dvorak: concerto in B minor, Op.104 (Tibor de Machula, cello) (18 Nov. 1945); Britten: Sinfonia de Requiem, Op.20 (10 Nov. 1946); Prokofiev: Classical Symphony, Op.25 (6 July 1946). CD No.3 (75:33) Haydn: Symphony No.94 in G Major (28 Sep. 1946); Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op.9 (19 Apr. 1947); Debussy: La Mer (20 Mar. 1948) Debussy: Nocturnes No.2 (10 Nov. 1946); Glière: Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op.82: beginning (Erna Berger, soprano) (7 July 1946). CD No.4 (78:52) Glière: Concerto for Coloratura Soprano and Orchestra, Op.82; conclusion (7 July 1946); Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy (25 Mar. 1946); Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suite Nr.2, Op.64b (1 Sept. 1946); Busoni: Berceuse élégiaque, Op.42 (24 July 1945). All above with Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, except CD No.4 cut 10 with Berlin Radio Orchestra. First official release of the original master tapes in the collection of Deutches Rundfunkarchiv. AAD UPC #0-17685-10792-4 A co-production with Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv.



Disc 1 Sound Clips (MP3):



1. Beethoven- Leonore Overture No- 3, Op- 72b

2. Brahms- Symphony No- 4 in E minor, Op- 98 I- Allegro non troppo

3. Brahms- Symphony No- 4 in E minor, Op- 98 II- Andante moderato

4. Brahms- Symphony No- 4 in E minor, Op- 98 III- Allegro giocoso

5. Brahms- Symphony No- 4 in E minor, Op- 98 IV- Allegro energico e passionato - Sergiu Celibidache

6. Strauss- Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks), Op- 28



Disc 2 Sound Clips (MP3):



1. Dvorak- Cello Concerto in B minor, Op- 104, B- 191 I- Allegro

2. Dvorak- Cello Concerto in B minor, Op- 104, B- 191 II- Adagio ma non troppo

3. Dvorak- Cello Concerto in B minor, Op- 104, B- 191 III- Finale Allegro moderato

4. Britten- Sinfonia da Requiem, Op- 20 I- Lacrymosa Andante ben misurato

5. Britten- Sinfonia da Requiem, Op- 20 II- Dies Irae Allegro con fuoco

6 Britten- Sinfonia da Requiem, Op- 20 III- Requiem aeternam Andante molto tranquillo

7. Prokofiev- Symphony No- 1 in D major, Op- 25, Classical I- Allegro con brio

8. Prokofiev- Symphony No- 1 in D major, Op- 25, Classical II- Larghetto

9. Prokofiev- Symphony No- 1 in D major, Op- 25, Classical III- Gavotte Non troppo allegro

10. Prokofiev- Symphony No- 1 in D major, Op- 25, Classical IV- Finale Molto vivace



Disc 3 Sound Clips (MP3):



1. Haydn- Symphony No- 94 in G major, The Surprise I- Adagio cantabile - Vivace assai

2. Haydn- Symphony No- 94 in G major, The Surprise II- Andante

3. Haydn- Symphony No- 94 in G major, The Surprise III- Menuetto Allegro molto

4. Haydn- Symphony No- 94 in G major,The Surprise IV- Finale Allegro molto

5. Berlioz- Le carnaval romain, Op- 9

6. Debussy- La mer I- De l'aube a midi sur la mer

7. Debussy- La mer II- Jeux de vagues

8. Debussy- La mer III- Dialogue du vent et de la mer

9. Debussy- Nocturnes No- 2- Fetes

10. Gliere- Coloratura Soprano Concerto, Op- 82 I- Andante



Disc 4 Sound Clips (MP3):



1. Gliere- Coloratura Soprano Concerto, Op- 82 II- Allegro

2. Tchaikovsky- Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (3rd version, 1880)

3. Prokofiev- Romeo and Juliet Suite No- 2, Op- 64ter I- The Montagues and the Capulets

4. Prokofiev- Romeo and Juliet Suite No- 2, Op- 64ter II- Juliet as a Young Girl

5. Prokofiev- Romeo and Juliet Suite No- 2, Op- 64ter III- Friar Laurence

6. Prokofiev- Romeo and Juliet Suite No- 2, Op- 64ter IV- Dance

7. Prokofiev- Romeo and Juliet Suite No- 2, Op- 64ter V- Romeo Bids Juliet Farewell Before Parting

8. Prokofiev- Romeo and Juliet Suite No- 2, Op- 64ter VI- Dance of the Maids with Lillies

9. Prokofiev- Romeo and Juliet Suite No- 2, Op- 64ter VII- Romeo at Juliet's Grave

10. Busoni- Berceuse elegiaque, Op- 42


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