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Carlos Kleiber - Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon [12 CDs]


Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001433502  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsFranz SchubertJohann Strauss Jr.,   ... 
Performer:  Ivan RebroffLucia PoppJulia VarádyHermann Prey,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraBavarian State Opera OrchestraBavarian State Opera Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 12 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reviews of original recordings which make up this set.

Beethoven Symphony no 5
"As a reading it is glorious on several counts. The orchestral playing is rich and glowing, catching in full measure the music's inborn splendour; yet it is a reading which is at all points superbly articulated and dynamically acute. The first movement is taken quickly. The tempo is as quick as Karajan's and almost as quick as Erich Kleiber's (Carlos's father) on his fine old Concertgebouw recording. Yet there is a tension and an elegance about the playing, matched with this masterly sweep of rhythm and tone, which gives one the clear feeling of the music being born anew. ("Klemperer treats the work as if he had just
Read more discovered its greatness" is how the Record Guide characterised Klemperer's early Vox,recording—now deleted—and one could equally apply the dictum to Carlos Kleiber.) And this is surely the crucial factor, the real touchstone of the performance's greatness."
-- Gramophone [6/1975]

Beethoven Symphony no 7
"Beethoven's Seventh suits Carlos Kleiber's daemonic spirit almost as well as the Fifth did and he gets superb playing from the VPO with immense drive and verve, while at the same time being responsive to the lyrical parts of the first movement and the whole of the second, the Allegretto. The Scherzo is given at a most exciting speed, while the finale finds Kleiber at his most telling."
-- Gramophone [2/1986]

Brahms Symphony no 4
"Carlos Kleiber's famous version is a performance of real stature and much strength, with the attention to detail one would expect from this great conductor. A gripping and compelling performance.
-- Penguin Guide

Der Freischütz
"Weber's famous attention to details of orchestration is lovingly explored by a conductor who has taken the trouble to go back to the score in manuscript and observe that there are differences between that and most of the published versions. So not only do we hear the eerie sound of low flute thirds and the subtle contrast of unmuted viola with fourpart muted violins in Agathe's "Leise, leise", among much else, with a new freshness and point, but all the diabolical effects in the Wolf's Glen come up with a greater sense of depth, down to the grisliest detail. The beginning of the Overture, and the opening of the Wolf's Glen scene, steal upon us out of a primeval silence, as they should. All this would be of little point were the performance itself not of such interest. There is a good deal to argue about, and argue I did in my original review in 1973, but this is because the performance is so interesting. Whatever one may feel about some of Kleiber's tempos, and I feel some of them to be unwise in both directions, they spring beyond doubt from a careful, thoughtful and musical mind.
The singing cast is excellent, with Gundula Janowitz an outstanding Agathe to a somewhat reflective Max from Peter Schreier, at his best when the hero is brought low by the devilish machinations; Edith Mathis a pretty Aennchen, Theo Adam a fine, murky Caspar."
-- [Gramophone 11/1986]

La Traviata
"Cotrubas's peculiarly plaintive, vibrating timbre and highly individual nuances seem to me perfectly fitted to the part. To those she here adds a sense of involvement and of spontaneity that suggests a live portrayal more palpably than any other on disc. In Act 2, if she does not have you close to tears, you must have a hard heart indeed. At "Piil non esiste", this Violetta leaves no doubt that all previous experience has been erased from her mind in Alfredo's arms. Then, the very precise articulation and observance of note values, so typical of the set as a whole, at "non sapete" emphasizes the sudden realization that all she now lives for is to be taken from her, just as at "Cosi alla misera" she feels the blow has fallen as she communes to herself, the tears held back on the accentuated word "implacabil". At "Amavi, Alfredo" the whole bottled-up sense of mortality and lost happiness breaks forth uncontrollably. This is interpretation on the highest plain.
Kleiber and his excellent Munich players give the dance music chez Violetta a chilling emptiness..Again at Flora's gathering, the dances have been re-thought by Kleiber to arresting effect."
-- Gramophone [11/1977]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98 by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884-1885; Austria 
4.
Symphony no 3 in D major, D 200 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Symphony no 8 in B minor, D 759 "Unfinished" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr.
Performer:  Ivan Rebroff (Bass), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Julia Varády (Soprano),
Hermann Prey (Baritone), René Kollo (Tenor), Bernd Weikl (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
7.
La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
8.
Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano), René Kollo (Tenor),
Margaret Price (Soprano), Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857-1859; Germany 
9.
Der Freischütz, J 277 by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Günther Leib (Baritone), Theo Adam (Bass), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
Peter Schreier (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano), Franz Crass (Bass),
Bernd Weikl (Baritone), Siegfried Vogel (Bass)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 1. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 2. Andante con moto
Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 3. Allegro
Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67: 4. Allegro
Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92: 1. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92: 2. Allegretto
Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92: 3. Presto - Assai meno presto
Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92: 4. Allegro con brio
Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98: 1. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98: 2. Andante moderato
Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98: 3. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto - Tempo I
Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98: 4. Allegro energico e passionato - Più allegro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Kleiber at his best. August 2, 2014 By B. Murty (Aptos, CA) See All My Reviews "Masterful conducting, and the best 5th of Beethoven and Fledermaus I have ever heard on disc. I got the CD quality FLAC from Universal music as Arkiv does not have the CDs. Bapcha" Report Abuse
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