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Schubert, Brahms, Wagner / Carlos Kleiber


Release Date: 10/12/2004 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000344702   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz SchubertJohannes BrahmsRichard Wagner
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-DieskauWolfgang HellmichBrigitte FassbaenderWerner Goetz,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraDresden Staatskapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Deutsche Grammophon's Carlos Kleiber tribute winningly pairs two of the late conductor's finest performances. The Schubert is unique for its classical drive, contour, and phrasing, associating the work more with late Beethoven than (as some conductors are wont to do) with Bruckner. Rarely has the first movement been done with such dramatic sweep in the more turbulent passages, while the Vienna strings adorn the lyrical second subject with a beguiling sweet tone. This is an Unfinished that even jaded listeners will hear with fresh ears.


The Brahms Fourth contains many similar virtues as Kleiber washes away a century of accumulated interpretive debris, leaving Brahms' brilliance to boldly sound forth on its own.
Read more Kleiber's vital and stirring yet immaculately transparent conducting, along with the Vienna Philharmonic's highly alert and virtuosic playing, make this one of the finest versions ever recorded. DG captures both works in vivid, high-impact sound.


Kleiber's Tristan und Isolde is not so much of a sure bet, especially as the current excerpt (Act 3 immediately after Tristan's death) opens with the recording's main weakness, namely Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's barking, over-the-hill Kurwenal. Happily he's soon killed off, and we get to enjoy Margaret Price's radiant Isolde in the closing pages. Underneath it all Kleiber leads the Dresden Staatskapelle in a passionate yet classically disciplined accompaniment. The sound has slightly less clarity than the Vienna recordings. Still and all, this disc is a must-have for the Schubert, and especially for the Brahms. If you haven't heard it, prepare to be enthralled.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. 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 
Date of Recording: 09/1978 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 24 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. 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 
Date of Recording: 03/1980 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 39 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Tristan und Isolde: Act 3, scene 3 by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Wolfgang Hellmich (Baritone), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano),
Werner Goetz (Baritone), Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: C1980 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Composition written: Germany (1857 - 1859). 
4. Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise "Liebestod" by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: C1980 
Venue:  Lukaskirche, Dresden, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Symphony No.8 In B Minor, D.759 - "Unfinished": 1. Allegro moderato
Symphony No.8 In B Minor, D.759 - "Unfinished": 2. Andante con moto
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
Tristan und Isolde / Act 3: "Tod und Hölle"
Tristan und Isolde / Act 3: "Mild und leise wie er lächelt" (Isoldes Liebestod)

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