KLEIBER - COMPLETE ORCHESTRAL RECORDINGS ON DG

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CARLOS KLEIBER
COMPLETE ORCHESTRAL RECORDINGS
ON DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7

FRANZ SCHUBERT
Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 »Unfinished«

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Symphony No. 4

Blu-ray Audio bonus documentary: Carlos Kleiber - A Memoir
Int. Release 21 Jul. 2014
3 CDs + 1 Blu-ray Audio
Deluxe Limited Edition - remastered to 24-bit:
0289 479 2687 04 3 CDs + 1 Blu-ray Audio ADD/DDD GM4
4 LPs ADD/DDD GM4


Track List

CD 1: Beethoven: Symphony No.5 In C Minor, Op.67 & Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Total Playing Time 1:12:10

CD 2: Schubert: Symphony No.3 In D, D.200 & Symphony No.8 In B Minor, D.759 "Unfinished"

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Symphony No.3 in D Major, D.200

Symphony No.8 in B Minor, D.759 - "Unfinished"

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Total Playing Time 45:44

CD 3: Brahms: Symphony No.4 In E Minor, Op.98

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Symphony No.4 in E Minor, Op.98

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Total Playing Time 39:44

BR 4: Complete Orchestral Recordings & Podcast

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92

Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

11.
5:10

12.
10:52

Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92

14.
8:09

Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)
Symphony No.3 in D Major, D.200

Symphony No.8 in B Minor, D.759 - "Unfinished"

Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Symphony No.4 in E Minor, Op.98

Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlos Kleiber

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
La traviata

27.
5:27

Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)
Die Fledermaus

Act 2

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
La traviata

Act 3

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Symphony No.7 in A, Op.92

Jon Tolansky

Total Playing Time 5:02:49

The set's Beethoven album, especially the "Fifth Symphony", is spectacularly good; lean, energetic, inspired, powerful, intellectually rigorous, and more.

. . . [this Blu-ray edition includes] a fascinating 73-minute sound documentary on Kleiber's life and work . . . There is also a handsome hardbound booklet . . . So here is a worthwhile production that no dedicated Carlos Kleiber admirer will wish to be without . . . the performances Kleiber secured remain unparalleled, particularly in terms of intensity but also in refinement and technical virtuosity. Whether he was conducting opera, symphonic music or the works of the Viennese Strauss family, he was able to create performances that remain far above those usually encountered in the hurly-burly of musical life . . . Kleiber was an extraordinary musician. Whether at the Vienna State Opera conducting "Tristan und Isolde", "Carmen" or "Der Rosenkavalier", or in the Musikverein . . . his work in Vienna always had an extra special quality. That unique character is very much present in these recordings, which can now be heard in the very best sound possible through this lavish and highly desirable new release.

. . . [Kleiber had amazing technical skills and a legendary ability] to inspire orchestral musicians, singers, and audiences . . . Kleiber's performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is justly considered by many (myself included) to be the greatest Beethoven performance in modem stereo sound. His Seventh is equally lean and muscular, and demonstrates Kleiber's uncanny ability to develop rhythmic tension and unparalleled excitement . . . Kleiber is always in control but it feels totally spontaneous. The Fifth is without a doubt one of the best sounding Deutsche Grammophon recordings ever made. This is immediately apparent with the explosive impact, realistic instrumental texture, and open airiness at the beginning of the first movement. In this case, the sound complements Kleiber's white-hot interpretation just about perfectly. The Seventh is qualitatively similar . . . The Blu-ray audio version is the best available in terms of spatial information and focal instrumental imaging . . . [Brahms / Symphony no. 4]: There is simply no other recorded performance that is close to this. Kleiber's highly acclaimed attention to detail illuminates Brahms's often dense orchestration. The fourth movement [unfolds with an unprecedented sense of inevitability] . . . [the documentary film] provides fascinating insight into Kleiber's art and music . . . This collection is a worthy tribute to the most formidable and charismatic conductor of our lifetime. It is probably safe to say that we will never hear these performances in better sound. They are essential for anyone interested in the recorded legacy of Carlos Kleiber.

. . . [faszinierend an dieser Aufnahmen ist] der schlanke, elastische Klang des Orchesters und Kleibers eminentes Formgefühl, das dem hohen Maß seiner Inspiration erst die adäquate Fassung gibt. Elektrisierender als er hat niemand Schuberts Dritte eingespielt, Beethovens Fünfte kaum jemand mit solchem feurigen Elan.