Notes & Reviews:
"An ardent romanticism relentlessly haunts Carlos Kleiber's reading." -Harmonie
Gramophone - James Jolly
A reading of power and elegance: Kleiber always had something fascinating to say about this greatest of works
Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Kleiber's charismatic 1981 Vienna recording, a classic of sorts and still sounding exceptionally well, continues to stand its ground. From the beginning, he keeps the speed fairly steady. In the first movement's coda, he scores over many of his rivals with prominent horns and a particularly exciting conclusion. He opens the second movement in a rather perfunctory manner, but the Vienna cellos make a beautiful sound in the piano dolce second subject. In the Scherzo, Kleiber pulls back for the two accented notes that dominate the first theme, an interesting gesture that lends the music an appropriately swaggering gait. This, arguably, is his finest movement - also from 4'48", where he keeps the timpani's triplets crystal-clear, then pushes his horns very much to the fore. Overall, Kleiber in the Fourth is the knight with shining breast-plate, bold, handsome, outgoing, relatively straightforward and (this will court controversy) perhaps just a little superficial.
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Works DetailsBrahms, Johannes : Symphony no 4 in E minor, Op. 98
- Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
- Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
- Running Time: 39 min. 1 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1884-1885