Music: Celibidache's Rumanian Rhapsody

An enigmatic European maestro makes his U.S. debut

First movement: Allegro. New York City, Feb. 27, 1984. Sergiu Celibidache makes his way across the stage of Carnegie Hall to a welcoming roar from the audience. He is the very image of a maestro out of Central European casting: formal evening clothes and a cascade of long white hair. After more than 30 years spent in the shadows of a reputation as the least heard of the great European conductors, he is finally making his American debut, not with a major orchestra, but with a...

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