# Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms
# Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
# Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
# Vinyl (2014)
# Number of Discs: 4
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 14
# Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 00289 479 1387
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.30GB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.15GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (817MB)
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From the Deutsche Grammophon website:
One of the most charismatic of conductors, Carlos Kleiber passed away on 13 July 2004. Newly remastered from analogue and early digital sources, this unique limited edition LP set brings together for the first time the four original LPs of works by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms that Kleiber recorded for Deutsche Grammophon between 1974 and 1980. They are presented in 180g vinyl pressings, with original LP sleeves and an accompanying booklet with new liner notes and timeline. The same recordings are also being made available on CD, along with a Blu Ray Audio Disc at 24 bit / 96 kHz, containing all the works and a 70-minute audio documentary (“Carlos Kleiber – a Memoir”).
As recommendable an album as anyone could wish, Carlos Kleiber’s performances with the Vienna Philharmonic of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67, and the Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, are classics that should always be within reach, and this disc should be passed along to friends as the single best pairing of these two pieces. Other performances of these symphonies are absolutely essential to know, and recordings by many great conductors and orchestras certainly compete with this Deutsche Grammophon album for listeners’ affections. But for sheer excitement, cogent direction, and expressive playing, none is more convincing. Kleiber was highly esteemed for his thorough musicianship, and his clarity of interpretation and communication skills with musicians resulted in performances that were compelling in their power and fascinating for their faithfulness to details in the score.
If the hallmarks of great performances are the way they grab onto the listener through their energy and sustain interest for their finer points, no matter how familiar the pieces are, then these riveting and utterly lucid readings of Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh are great indeed. Even purists who insist on period style in their Beethoven must concede honors to Kleiber for his accuracy and attention to repeats, for following the indicated instrumentation, and for careful application of all the dynamics. In depth of musicality, technical polish, and all matters of instrumentation except for the size of the orchestra, these recordings surpass many historically informed performances and make some of them seem pedantic and empty in comparison. Add to these accumulated merits DG’s scrupulous engineering and masterful, incredible ADD sound, and this unassailable disc wins in any match-up. – Blair Sanderson, allmusic.com
These two symphonies give you the light and the dark of Schubert. In order to really enjoy this recording one must listen very carefully to the inner voices. Pianissimos are so soft you can barely hear them. Pauses are just slightly longer than expected and one of Kleiber’s strengths is bringing out passages that one ordinarily doesn’t hear. Also, this is one of the more muscular renditions of Schubert. Rhythmically the 3rd is a joy. Be prepared to dance. Someone should have tied this man down and made him conduct more. Since listening to him, I’ve completely lost my taste for overblown, exaggerated romantic symphonies (except for Karajan). This recording belongs in every serious musician’s library (and everyone else’s as well)! – Katherine, amazon.com
Brahms’ 4th symphony (somewhat easy to perform acceptably, painstakingly hard to execute brilliantly!) poses a challenge for orchestras and conductors alike. Complex and shifting metric structures, broad, exuberant, often non-linear melodies, conservative instrumentation yet progressive orchestration; it is an exercise in rhythmic rigor, melodic ardor and textural management. The catalog is blessed with dozens of recordings and many of them are nothing short of fantastic. I particularly cherish Abbado’s 1992 BPO account for its romantic lyricism and luscious sound, Solti’s 1978 recording with Chicago for its orchestral virtuosity and dramatic narrative, and, finally, George Szell’s account in Cleveland, memorable mainly for its rhythmic and textural clarity. Each of them is brilliant in their own way, but none are all-emcompassing. Abbado’s romantic rubato smudges metric patterns, Szell’s perfect balance and clarity hinders lyric abandon, etc.
Kleiber somehow encompasses all of those strengths, at no sacrifice. The result is exhilarating. Kleiber masterfully morphs metric rigor into relentless drive, providing rhythmic stability yet sufficient ardor for melodies to soar. Textures revolve around the same principle: rigorous, focused accompaniments with passionate, fiery melodies. The Vienna Philharmonic, while not usually one of my favorite bands, are perfect. They bring an old-world quality to the recording and it still breathes freshness and consummate artistry. The strings are simply breathtaking in their malleability and nobility. The sound is typical VPO: Dominating, rich, incandescent, strings and recessed, somewhat homogeneous winds. One could perhaps hope for a tad more sonic detail (especially for the woodwinds’ sake), but the overall result is more than satisfying. This is a rare recording and should be on any musician’s shelves! With formidable insight and glorious playing, I recommend wholeheartedly! – S. Moisan, amazon.com
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 (cont.)
01 – 1. Allegro con brio
02 – 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 (conc.)
03 – 3. Allegro, 4. Allegro
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 (cont.)
04 – 1. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
05 – 2. Allegretto
Beethoven: Symphony No.7 In A, Op.92 (conc.)
06 – 3. Presto – Assai meno presto
07 – 4. Allegro con brio
Schubert: Symphony No.8 in B Minor, D.759 – “Unfinished”
08 – 1. Allegro moderato
09 – 2. Andante con moto
Schubert: Symphony No.3 in D Major, D.200
10 – 1. Adagio maestoso – Allegro con brio
11 – 2. Allegretto
12 – 3. Menuetto (Vivace)
13 – 4. Presto. Vivace
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E Minor, Op.98 (cont.)
14 – 1. Allegro non troppo
15 – 2. Andante moderato
Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E Minor, Op.98 (conc.)
16 – 3. Allegro giocoso – Poco meno presto – Tempo I
17 – 4. Allegro energico e passionato – Più allegro
Note: there is 10 seconds of silence between tracks 9 and 10.
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