CARLOS KLEIBER / SCHUBERT BRAHMS WAGNER 4775324

[the recordings] are rewarding readings of rigour and intensity from a conductor every music lover should know.

. . . a 1978 Schubert "Unfinished" with the Vienna Philharmonic is testimony enough to his genius, the first movement (with repeat) initially poised on a nerve's edge, tremulous and full of energy; the second properly relaxed. Kleiber was one of the few conductors to mark a profound climate change between the two movements, and his benchmark performance contradicts the notion that Schubert's Eighth is a mere torso. It has never sounded more perfectly complete.

The musical strengths are easy to list. Each work -- or, in the case of "Tristan", complete scene -- is a living whole. Complex, richly variegated musical arguments emerge like single, soaring spans of melody . . . If you haven't yet discovered Kleiber, don't hesitate.

. . . the release is interesting . . . it is Kleiber's direction that is the main issue. For the Schubert alone, this disc is worth having, the reading having a welcome intensity and drive (with a first-movement exposition repeat observed) that makes the accounts of such eminent Schubertians as Walter and Szell seem comparatively bland . . . this CD should prove fascinating and often compelling for anyone unfamiliar with its content.

. . . en Brahms se revela como un arquitecto de lo sinfónico poniendo en pie una obra dimensiones catedralicias en la que . . . no se pretende alcanzar lo sublime, sino que es lo humano, frágil e inseguro, lo que constituye el nexo de unión de las grandes ideas que van brotando de lo más hondo del genio. Al final de la obra, Kleiber nos deja con cierta sensación de humildad, en consonancia con el espíritu de Brahms. . . . Gracias y hasta siempre, Maestro.