Having been a classical music CD buyer for 20 years, I frequently run into hesitation when confronted with a new “complete edition” boxset. Among those tens of CDs in a boxset, I often have two to three CDs on my shelf and I have spent some good cash buying that lone discs quite some years back. With a sense of guilt of buying some duplicate items, hesitation prevails and the sets would have gone after a flash mob in CD stores.
But this reissue of Sergiu Celibidache’s recordings on EMI is uniquely different. I bought all four sets immediately days after it was shelved in store.
The reason? Ridiculously, I do not have a single EMI Celibidache that far.
Celibidache’s performance is eclectic. David Hurwitz once remarked, “All in all, like most of the ‘mad genius; conductors, Celibidache’s work ranges erratically from the stunning to the grotesque.” I first approached this genius by his very expansive and refined Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. That was a decade and a half ago, while Celibidache was still alive and his recordings not officially released on big labels. It was a time I could have mistook him a long dead forgotten legend.
These four boxsets are now sold under a total of HK$1,000. This is simply too attractive to resist.
Special thanks to Antona who has reserved me a set. She has a wonderful fans club of great followers.