> Carlos Kleiber Edition

CARLOS KLEIBER -Complete DGG Recordings
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67. Symphony No. 7 in A, Op 92. SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 3 in D. Symphony No. 8 in B minor. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98. (Vienna Philharmnic Orchestra).
VERDI: La traviata
Ileana Cotrubas (Violetta). Placido Domingo (Alfredo). Stefania Malagú (Flora). Sherrill Milnes (Germont). Helena Jungwirth (Annina). Bararian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra.
WAGNER: Tristan and Isolde
Margaret Price (Isolde). René Kollo (Tristan). Kurt Moll (King Marke). Brighitte Fassbaender (Brangäne), Dietrich Fischer-Dieakau (Kurvenal). Werner Götz (Melot) Anton Dermota (Ein Hirt). Leipzig Radio Chorus. Dresden Staatskapelle
WEBER: Der Freischütz
Gundula Janowitz (Agathe). Bernd Weikl (Ottokar). Siegfried Vogel (Kuno). Edith Mathis (Annchen). Theo Adam (Kaspar). Peter Schreier (Max). Leipzig Radio Chorus. Dresden Staatskapelle.
JOHANN STRAUSS: Die Fledermaus
Hermann Prey (Eisenstein). Julia Varady (Rosainde). Benno Kusche (Frank). Ivan Rebroff (Prince Orlofsky). René Kollo (Alfred). Lucia Popp (Adele). Bernd Weikl (Dr. Falke). Franz Muxeneder (Frosch). Bavarian State Choir and Orchestra.
DGG 002894835498 (12 CDs. 1 Blu Ray).

All of Carlos Kleiber's recordings for DGG are in this new multi-disk set. Of course the performances are outstanding, with the conductor's attention to detail always apparent, and orchestral playing throughout is as close to perfection as one could get. The operas are important recordings, particularly Der Freischütz—the Wolf's Glen scene has never been as terrifying. This is a passionate Tristan, with Rene Kollo at his best, Margaret Price a solid if not exciting Isolde. Fledermaus is a fine supplement to Kleiber's Bavarian performance on DVD with a slightly different cast (REVIEW). All of these recordings have been issued many times on CD and now we have this compilation as well as all of them on a single Blu Ray disk. Packaging is disappointing. CDs are in separate cardboard jackets that give track information and nothing else. For production and recording details one must refer to the 60-page booklet, which also contains a brief essay by Andrew Clements (in three languages), There also are a number of recording session photos. There are no librettos for the operas, unfortunately. The Blu Ray disk contains audio versions previously issued. This is a mid-price issue; if you have previous issues there is little need for this.

R.E.B. (January 2019)