One less genius

Carlos Kleiber, the eccentric and reclusive Austrian-Argentine conductor, has died at 74.
I was privileged to be able to witness two Kleiber performances at the Met in the early 90s: Otello and the legendary Rosenkavalier with Felicity Lott, Anne-Sofie von Otter and Barbara Bonney (and a certain someone as the Major-Domo). Even the lauded Christian Thielemann never revealed as many of the layers of the piece as Kleiber did. I remeber there were a few occasions during the performance where Kleiber merely crossed his arms and looked over the orchestra with a slight smile, not conducting but appreciating, reveling in the sounds he helped create.
So did his audience.

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One comment

  1. Suzanne

    Amen, Sasha!! I’m sorry you missed his debut Bohemes with Pavarotti, Freni, Scotto–with Hampson as Schaunard! Talk about revealing layers in a piece we’ve all been listening to forever. The Otellos and Rosenkavaliers were also without compare in my experience. I guess we’re lucky to have had those memories of his unique gifts.