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Sergiu Celibidache’s 110th birthday, marked in Stockholm by a recital and DVD release


On the occasion of the recital dedicated to Sergiu Celibidache, the DVD “In the footsteps of Celibidache in Sweden” will be released, which contains the documentary film “About Sergiu Celibidache, with love, after 25 years”, made by ICR Stockholm and Trinitas TV, at the end of last year. “What a fantastic opportunity ICR Stockholm offers me to breathe in the footsteps of Sergiu Celibidache, by holding a recital meant to mark the commemoration of the exceptional conductor who, through the vision of his performances, amazed a whole world. The recital – The Joy of Music! – travels through the great established musical epochs, from the Renaissance to the present day, brings, in the light of the ramp, Romanian composers of great caliber, such as Dinu Lipatti, Horaţiu Rădulescu, Doina Rotaru and Violeta Dinescu and is imbued, from place to place, with sound guitarist Laurenţiu Topală, director, together with Cristina Liberis, of the film About Sergiu Celibidache, with love, after 25 years, presented to the Swedish public on the occasion of this anniversary event “, said the soloist Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu.

Ion Bogdan Ştefănescu, soloist of the “George Enescu” Philharmonic and doctoral professor at the University of Music in Bucharest, is one of the most appreciated contemporary musicians in Romania, with a significant international career. He plays an 18k Muramatsu flute.

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Laurenţiu Topală is a musician, teacher, music producer of Trinitas TV and producer of “The World in Harmony”. He plays classical guitar.

The documentary presents an emotional encounter with three of the most acclaimed Scandinavian musicians, Arve Tellefsen, Christer Thorvaldsson, Stig Nilsson, who accompanied the great conductor during his career in Sweden. These well-known artists in the Scandinavian area met in Oslo, Norway, to talk with admiration and respect, exclusively for this film, about how the great Romanian conductor marked their professional destiny.

The entire making-of of the meetings in Oslo with the Scandinavian artists who collaborated with Sergiu Celibidache will be presented on DVD. Along with the documentary, four more interviews with the three musicians were printed on DVD, which were broadcast in Romanian during the show “The World in Harmony” on Trinitas TV, dedicated to classical music by the director Laurenţiu Topală. Interviews with Scandinavian musicians will be broadcast for the first time in Sweden, with Swedish subtitles, on the institute’s social media channels.

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Editing the interviews on the DVD belongs to Paula Damian, graphics and subtitles by Bogdan Aursachioaei. The interpretation was provided by Arina Stoenescu, and the translation by Åsa Apelkvist. The DVD graphics are signed by Marius Gheorghiu.

Sergiu Celibidache has been conducting the Swedish Radio Orchestra for nine years since 1962. In 1965 he became the principal conductor of the Radio Orchestra, which under his leadership reached a number of 100 musicians and became an ensemble of the highest international level. In 1967 he was officially named the Swedish Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that currently performs at concerts in Berwaldhallen in the Swedish capital. Netherlands. “Celibidache is still an institution in Sweden. It has put the Swedish Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra on the map of the world’s best orchestras,” according to historian Radu Lazarescu.

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