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.


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.