Casi todas las opiniones sobre el libro inciden en que tiene un precio elevado, lo cual es cierto Aun as , teniendo en cuenta que la tirada de la edici n no debe ser muy alta, al tratar un tema de inter s minoritario, es l gico que tenga un precio m s alto que cualquier otro libro En definitiva, es un libro recomendable para todos aqu llos que est n interesados en conocer mejor la figura del maestro Kleiber.
For anyone interested in the art of orchestral conducting or music in general or the interaction between talent and genius this is one of the most valuable and enjoyable works imaginable Charles Barber has given us a gift well, at a price But well worth it almost beyond imagining an open window into the mind of one of the greatest recreative artists of any generation.
The fact of this correspondence is improbable beyond words, but we can be forever grateful to Dr Barber for establishing a personal and professional friendship that prompted Carlos Kleiber to expound in great detail, with great wit and almost painful self deprecation on a multitude of topics that are enjoyable to the lay person and indispensable to the serious musician The anecdotes alone are worth the price who could have known that he stole a technique from Duke Ellington to get the effect he wanted for the opening of Beethoven s Coriolanus, or of his enormous respect for the extraordinarily gifted and musically illiterate Danny Kaye as a conductor But it s the insights Kleiber shares regarding specific works and the process of working with creative artists that are truly priceless to artists of all stripes.
To the author, thank you and to the rest buy and enjoy If you have seen Kleiber conducting Beethoven s 4th with the Concertgebouw on YouTube, you will have some idea of the unusual man you will meet in this book No conductor ever captured Ludwig s playfulness and joy as well as did this conductor, and those qualities are to be found in the man as well Kleiber had an Austrian father, an American mother, and was brought up in South America As might be expected, he had an outrageous sense of the oddity of the many languages he spoke and wrote His nonsensical letters to Barber alone are worth the price of the book Kleiber comes off as a man who loved making musicthan making a career He was notoriously demanding of rehearsal time and proper preparation conducted only what he liked recorded very little, and felt equally at home with Wagner and Johann Strauss Jr A very great man and musician, someone whose shining presence is everywhere in his music and his conversation Not many like him any.
Save for its Epilogueabout this later here , this book furnishes conclusive proof that Carlos Kleiber cannot be captured in print The cover of the book gives away its puzzling format and sometimes warring contents its title reads Corresponding with Carlos which it is, in that the book minus its over abundant endnotes and appendices consists almost entirely of letters, cards, and faxes between the author, Charles Barber, and his subject, Carlos Kleiber while its subtitle reads, A Biography of Carlos Kleiber which the book is not, even by the widest conception of biography as a literary genre.
The contents of the book are so poorly formatted that their effect upon the reader is at best eye straining For example, in an apparent attempt to make Kleiber s replies look as if they re handwritten, the editors and publisher selected an almost unreadable italic font Elsewhere in the book, they opted for a sans serif Arial style font Overall, this wayward typesetting leads to a form of seasickness on the reader s part.
Emphatically, this is not a book for those who lack a formal musical education Its author, a well acclaimed conductor in his own right, is writing consciously, one would assume about a musician to and for readers who have the expertise to follow the musical notations, directions, and examples that the Barber Kleiber correspondence contains Lacking that expertise, a reader will be the dry land equivalent of a sailor without a compass on an overcast night.
What saves Corresponding with Carlos is its fourteen page Epilogue, which in itself justifies the rest of this often maddening book The letters in this volume add one dimension to the complexity of Kleiber s character, Barber writes in his Epilogue, but do little to explain its origins Were Charles Barber or anyone else able to explain the origins of a Carlos Kleiber, he or she would have unlocked the mystery of genius.