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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Beethoven Symphonies (Almost) Live (Part Seven)

Amsterdam Concertgebouw in 1902
I can think of no other conductor who appears to be having as much fun with Beethoven's symphonies than the late Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004).  Kleiber literally dances at the podium on the faster movements, and his grin and eye-twinkle make this performance mesmerizing.  Again with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.  I don't have a date on this performance, but Kleiber retired from conducting in the mid 1990s.  This is perhaps one of Beethoven's livelier symphonies; particularly the last two movements.

I: Poco sostenuto - Vivace (Part One)

I: Poco sostenuto - Vivace (Part Two)

II: Allegretto

III: Presto

IV: Allegro con brio

Part of a professional documentary on this magnificent conductor can be found here. (In German with English subtitles).

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