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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics

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When talking about Carlos Kleiber's conducting style and recording catalogue, it is easy to over-use superlatives. Perhaps the secrets of his art are best expressed in the cover picture, with the mad elegance of his gestures, which seem to summon up the music through sheer energy, subtlety and a radiant smile: he seems absolutely possessed by inspiration. But listening to this album should do the trick too. Living as a recluse, cancelling three quarters of his concerts, hardly ever recording, it was like a miracle when Carlos Kleiber agreed to set down these two symphonies for Deutsche Grammphon. In 1975, he recorded the 5th Symphony in the generous surroundings of the Vienna Musikverein, with a Philharmonic that hung off his every word and followed his slightest gesture. Under his philosopher's baton, the "5th" became pure, distilled energy, an explosive Pandora's box that gave off sparks and followed the demands of the score precisely. The fateful four notes around which the entire symphony was built were at once the foundation and the capstone of this landmark work, magnificently structured here by Kleiber. Has there ever been such a tempestuous and light-footed Seventh Symphony? One thinks immediately of Nietzsche: "I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance". Recorded the following year, in the same place, this Seventh soars, pirouettes and exults in a pantheist, saving joy, with a lightness that seems to lift the musicians off the floor. "Now am I light, now do I fly; now do I see myself under myself. Now there danceth a God in me.". Thus directed Carlos Kleiber. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Chamber Music - Released August 25, 2009 | harmonia mundi

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Trios - Released February 24, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 1, 2008 | PentaTone

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Concertos - Released January 1, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Symphonic Music - Released June 30, 2000 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released May 15, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Even though hearing Ludwig van Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120, performed by Andreas Staier on a fortepiano, may be the main selling point of this 2012 release on Harmonia Mundi, it seems to take second place when the CD's curiosities are considered. Viennese publisher Anton Diabelli challenged a number of Austrian composers to devise variations on his original waltz, and though Beethoven's set of 33 variations has come down to us as the most memorable result of this contest, one almost never hears any of the variations composed by the likes of Carl Czerny, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Frédéric Kalkbrenner, Joseph Kerkowsky, Conradin Kreutzer, Franz Liszt, Ignaz Moscheles, Johann Peter Pixis, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, or Franz Schubert. Diabelli collected 50 variations from as many living composers, which he published as Part II of Vaterländischer Künstlerverein. But Beethoven's magisterial set was published as Part I, so Staier's reversal of the parts on this recording is strategic, to entice the listener to try the less familiar variations first, and even offering his own witty variation as an Introduction, before heading straightway into Beethoven's richly developed work. The recital is totally convincing, and Staier's plan works, because hearing the variations in their published order would have been anti-climactic, since Beethoven's monumental music dwarfs even the cleverest of his contemporaries' efforts. Staier's playing is energetic, fun, and exciting, and the sonorities he pulls out of the modern copy of a Conrad Graf fortepiano are surprisingly robust and in-tune. Harmonia Mundi's sound seems to come in and out of focus, due to the acoustics of the room, but overall it is a pleasantly resonant recording that gives the instrument its due.
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released January 13, 2014 | naïve classique

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Classical - Released April 1, 2012 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 1, 2004 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Mercury (Universal France)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released March 11, 2013 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released September 27, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon ECM

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Opera - Released September 4, 2003 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released January 1, 2003 | PentaTone

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Trios - Released January 27, 2014 | Mirare

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