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Beethoven: Symphonies no 4 & 7 / Kleiber, Concertgebouw Orchestra

Kleiber, Carlos / Beethoven / Concertgebouw
Release Date: 01/11/2005 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000388009  
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carlos Kleiber’s appearances, whether in the concert hall or opera house, were legendary both for their rarity and the sublime quality of the music-making. It is no exaggeration to say that Kleiber was one of the most sought-after and highlyregarded conductors of the late 20th century. His recent death, at the age of 74, has cost classical music one of its most charismatic figures, and his relatively few excursions into the recording studio have left the musical world with a frustratingly small number of recordings, albeit all of them of the highest quality. The hallmarks of Kleiber’s conducting – his minimal but graceful gestures, the authority he conveys from a thorough understanding and faultless memory of the score, plus his hypnotic Read more command of his musicians – are all clearly in evidence here.

"...what Kleiber communicates persuasively to the viewer, as he evidently did to the players, is a sheer infectious joy in making music. Whereas Karajan seems to be prying the music from the earth, roots and all, Kleiber seems to be plucking it from trees, like so much succulent fruit...The Beethoven performances are ebullient and compelling. The Seventh, in particular, exudes a freshness that I thought I was beyond hearing in this war horse." - NEW YORK TIMES

“An expert art restorer who clears away centuries of grime to reveal a painting in its pristine glory. Kleiber...strips away the varnish from some of music’s most tradition-encrusted masterworks to expose the vital creation lurking beneath.” —Time Magazine

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 4 in B flat major, Op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Symphony no 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1811-1812; Vienna, Austria 

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