When Celi played Philly
June 29, 2012 By
A personal reminiscence by Robert Fitzpatrick:
Celibidache visited the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia for 3 weeks in February 1984. He demanded and received 18 rehearsals (most were 3 hours long) to prepare the legendary Carnegie Hall concert that same month (his debut there, I believe). The program was: La Gazza Ladra Overture (Rossini), Iberia (Debussy), Prelude and Love-Death from Tristan und Isolde (Wagner), Scythian Suite (Prokofiev). Encore was second movement of Scythian.Here is picture of both of us on stage at Carnegie Hall. He is saying: ”Now we will hear how the world’s greatest concert hall really sounds.” The tone was somewhere between irony and sarcasm with all the subtleties in between.
UPDATE: And here’s a picture from David Bernard, who took a conducting less from Celi and Curtis and played in the Carnegue concert.
And here’s his full rehearsal schedule: