KLEIBI PICKS THE AUDI
by Hugues Mousseau
PARIS, 22 April 1996As rare a visitor to the podium as
Brando to the movie set, Carlos Kleiber is the most highly regarded and most
sought-after conductor since Karajan. Born in Berlin in 1930, Kleiber refuses
to record, avoids the media and lives a secluded life in his Munich villa.
Totally indifferent to the heaps of gold regularly tendered by Salzburg, Vienna
or Berlin, his last concert dates back more than two years. Moreover, rumours
emanating from sources close to the conductor alleged that he was about to
retire. And then, an about turn disclosed by the German news weekly Der
Spiegel. Kleiber has just conducted the Bavarian State Orchestra in a
programme of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, in exchange for an AUDI 8, a
four-wheel-drive sportscar fitted out with an 8 cylinder engine, worth more
The concertwhich took place recently in
Ingolstadt, a peaceful Bavarian town where, coincidentally, AUDI's head office
is locatedwas sold out in just a few hours.
advertising coup for the German automobile manufacturer which did all
it could to gain the maestro's favour, once they had wind of his weak point.
The deal was done on a handshake becauseamusingly enoughKleiber is
said to hate written contracts.
editors recommend the following recordings on CD by Carlos
Symphonies nos. 5 and 7
Concert in Vienna, 1989 (Johann Strauss and Family)
WAGNER (1813-1883): Tristan and
WEBER (1786-1826): Der
(1813-1901): La Traviata
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