Personalities | Carlos Kleiber | Contemporary | Classical
Son of Erich Kleiber, he gained conducting appointments in Düsseldorf 1958–64, Zürich 1964–66 and Stuttgart 1966–68, his last full-time position. His debuts at Covent Garden, La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera brought almost unanimous critical acclaim, as did his few studio recordings, such as Beethoven’s Fifth with the Vienna Philharmonic (1974). Though he withdrew from the public eye in the 1990s, reportedly declining the offer to succeed Karajan at Berlin, his reputation stands as one of the very greatest conductors of the twentieth century.
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