September 21, 2018

Famous Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache centenary celebrated by Google

Famous conductor and composer Sergiu Celibidache is today celebrated by Google with a special logo. It marks 100 years since the birth of the great musician. Despite the thousands of concerts conducted by Celibidache, very few of them were recorded, for a very simple reason: Celibidache hated recordings and described discs as “singing pancakes.” “The record keeps everything but the essential. A record only ruins things,” Celibidache believed. Celibidache began his studies in music with the piano, after which he studied music, philosophy and mathematics in Bucharest, Romania and then in Paris. One of the most important influences in his life was his introduction to Martin Steinke, who, being knowledgeable about Buddhism, heavily affected Celibidache’s outlook for the rest of his life, according to Wikipedia. For his artistic activity, Celibidache received various distinctions, such as: honorary citizen of Munich (1992), honorary member of the Romanian Academy (1992), doctor honoris causa of the Iasi University (1992) and the Maximilan Order for Science and Art (Germany, 1993).

Source: Bucharest herald ()

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