Carlos Kleiber: Rehearsal & Performance / Weber, Strauss [DVD]

Album Summary

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischutz, J 277
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

When Carlos Kleiber made these recordings of rehearsals and concert performance of the overtures to Die Fledermaus and Der Freischütz for SDR in the spring of 1970 with the Südfunk Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart's Villa Berg, he was already in greater demand as a conductor than most of his contemporaries. This DVD offers a rare glimpse of Kleiber's often highly original attempts to verbally communicate his ideas to his musicians, and begs the question: Conducting genius or madman?

"Here is a conductor who seduces a sullen-looking orchestra into playing their hearts out, by sheer energy, charm, articulateness, imagination and utter delight in the music ('Play it really dirtily!'). The experience is as intoxicating for the spectator as for the players." -BBC Music Magazine ****

The WholeNote
Until you have seen it, you cannot imagine the meticulous attention given to even the slightest passing notes and the perfection of the performances where these felicities pass fleetingly by (Arthaus DVD 101063).

Watching Carlos Kleiber's 1970 rehearsals of overtures by Weber and Johann Strauss II and the magnificent concert performances that follow is an enlightening and moving experience.

Kleiber rarely appeared before cameras or gave interviews, so Arthaus provides a rare opportunity with this release. This DVD should be required viewing for students of conducting and is urgently recommended to everyone else. It shows what can be achieved in rehearsals when the conductor is a genius. I also recommend Traces to Nowhere, an in-depth German documentary about Kleiber that can be seen in five parts on YouTube.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 102 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0,
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Italian


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Works Details

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz, J 277 :: Ouvertüre
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Ensemble: Sudfunk Sinfonieorchester
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817-1821

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus :: Ouvertüre
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Ensemble: Sudfunk Sinfonieorchester
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1874