Posted: Tuesday | 06.01.10
Carlos Kleiber – 80th Anniversary of his birth – 10 DVDs!
In my personal view, Carlos Kleiber was one of the greatest artists in recent times; yet, he was also enigmatic: He limited his appearances in performances, and yet what we do have as a CD and DVD record shows us that he was an amazing conductor, measured by the results he achieved.
In this collection we have the complete Operas and Concerts recorded on DVD. We see the astounding control he had over singers and orchestral players and the way he obtains the amazing musical results for which he is known.
There are two productions of Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” (One from Munich, 1979 and one from Vienna, 1994). Legendary performances of Otto Schenk’s production: The first features a superlative cast including Gwyneth Jones, Brigitte Fassbaender. Lucia Popp and Manfred Jungwirth; the second a no less starry Felicity Lott, Anne Sofie von Otter, Barbara Bonney and Kurt Moll.
Included also are the orchestral concerts of Beethoven (Symphonies Nos. 4 and 7), Brahms (Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4) and Mozart (Symphonies Nos. 33 and 36) All of these demonstrate that Kleiber was one of the greatest artists of recent times.
Also included are two well-known Vienna New Year’s Concerts (1989 and 1992), where the grace and nobility of Carlos Kleiber’s conducting style are totally on display. The disc of the 1992 concert includes a selection of 80 rare photos of Maestro Kleiber.
For me, the two Brahms symphonies represent a level of interpretive achievement which is not surpassed by any conductor. The entire DVD will be released 21 June 2010.
Click below to enjoy Carlos Kleiber conducting the first movement of Brahms Symphony #4 in E-Minor: