Conductor Sergiu Celibidache, who, in his lifetime, did not authorize recordings to be produced of his performances, had a rather unique perspective on tempo. (…) In the present case of Mozart's Requiem, Celibidache's choice of extremely ponderous tempos throughout may be instructive for a while in that listeners can truly appreciate all of the subtle suspensions, inner voices, and other nuances. But listening to the cumbersome pace quickly becomes tedious. Even movements that are traditionally slower, such as the Tuba mirum and Sanctus, are made even broader. The performance of orchestra, chorus, and soloists is quite clean and well in-tune; the sound quality of the recording is also satisfactory. The tempo choice alone makes this CD a questionable choice for listeners seeking to discover Mozart's Requiem. ~ Mike Brownell, All Music Guide
Outstanding three CD set featuring the entire July 1988 15 song performance at the Munich Philharmonic Concert Hall plus a blistering 35 minute version of 'Call It Anything' taken from his1970 Isle of Wight Festival show. The Munich concert features able assistance from Kenny Garrett, Bobby Irving, Adam Holzman and Joseph McCreary amongst others while the Isle of Wight track features Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette.
Eleven CD box set. 2012 marks the centenary of maestro Sergi - Celibidache's birth. Celibidache was without question one of the most important and original conductors in recent memory.