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Classical - Released January 1, 2010 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Full Operas - Released November 4, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2012 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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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

Classical - Released September 1, 1973 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1982 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 1976 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Symphonic Music - Released March 9, 1992 | Sony Classical


Full Operas - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

While nearly universally acclaimed as one of the supreme conductors of the later years of the 20th century, Carlos Kleiber had what could generously be called an extremely select repertoire of pieces. Among his specialties were Strauss operas, and there are five live recordings of Kleiber directing Der Rosenkavalier from the '70s alone, with others potentially waiting to be remastered and released. This Rosenkavalier was recorded in Munich in July 1973 at the Bavarian State Opera, and it is the first and arguably freshest of Kleiber's recordings of the opera. Though rambunctious at first, the audience quickly settles down, and the overall sound is more than acceptable, albeit with some occasional stage noise. The soloists are as good as one could hope for at that period: a youthful Lucia Popp as Sophia, a delightful Brigitte Fassbaender as Octavian, a characterful Karl Ridderbusch as Baron Ochs, and an incandescent Claire Watson as the Feldmarschallin. Kleiber is his usual miraculous self. It's hard to believe one could hear so many details that are so well integrated into the flow of the music and harder to believe that the music could seem so spontaneous yet so sculpted, so effortless, and so relentless. The music is so unified with the drama, and the orchestra so integrated with the voices, that the whole of the performance becomes infinitely greater than the sum of its parts, making this Rosenkavalier truly glorious. © TiVo

Classical - Released July 3, 2020 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)


Opera Extracts - Released January 1, 1977 | Universal Music Group International