Carlos Kleiber: Traces to Nowhere

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Even among classical music historians, maestro Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004) remains an elusive and enigmatic individual. This was a deliberate choice: Kleiber made it a point to exist and work outside of the public eye, adhering to the old Chinese adage "as far as possible you should leave no traces behind in life." This biographical documentary examines Kleiber's final years, courtesy of candid interviews with friends, family and colleagues including Plácido Domingo, Otto Schenk, Manfred Honeck, and the only ...
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Even among classical music historians, maestro Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004) remains an elusive and enigmatic individual. This was a deliberate choice: Kleiber made it a point to exist and work outside of the public eye, adhering to the old Chinese adage "as far as possible you should leave no traces behind in life." This biographical documentary examines Kleiber's final years, courtesy of candid interviews with friends, family and colleagues including Plácido Domingo, Otto Schenk, Manfred Honeck, and the only filmed interview with Kleiber's sister, Veronica. In the process, an image emerges of a deeply troubled, difficult artist who was nevertheless unspeakably brilliant.
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  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • UPC: 807280155396
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Plácido Domingo Participant
Brigitte Fassbaender Participant
Michael Gielen Participant
Veronika Kleiber Participant
Otto Schenk Participant
Technical Credits
Eric Schulz Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Carlos Kleiber: Traces to Nowhere
1. "Nabelschnur Zum Göttlichen" - "Lifeline to the Divine" [5:36]
2. Wanderer Zwischen Den Welten - Treading the Thin White Line [3:13]
3. "Ich Muss es Zugebeb, er Hat Talent" - "He is Talented, I Must Admit" [2:42]
4. Stuttgart - Kleibers Durchbruch - Stuttgart - Kleiber's Breakthrough [4:12]
5. Im Fernsehstudio - Rehearsing for Television [5:31]
6. Legendenbildung - Creation of Legends [3:42]
7. Und Immer Wieder 'Rosenkavalier' - "Millions With 'Rosenkavalier'" [4:23]
8. Vater und Sohn - Father and Son [3:16]
9. "Treue ist Vielleicht Nicht das Richtige Wort" - "Fidelity is Perhaps Not the Right Word" [2:19]
10. 'Tristan' in Bayreuth - 'Tristan' at the Bayreuth Festival [4:45]
11. "Sich Bewusst Beschränken" - "That Conscious Self-Restriction" [1:25]
12. Magisches Legato - "Endless Line of Beauty" [5:30]
13. "Fledermaus' Bitte!" - "Fledermaus', Please!" [3:05]
14. Faschingsdienstag - On Carnival Tuesday [4:03]
15. Meister der Übergänge - Master of Transition [4:12]
16. An Karajans Grab - At Karajan's Grave [3:44]
17. Rückzug - Withdrawal [5:14]
18. "Mein Armer Bruder" - "My Poor Brother" [3:31]
19. Credits [:54]
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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Excellent Documentary of the Conducting Giant

    Eric Shulz’s documentary seeks to shed some light on the enigmatic figure of Carlos Kleiber, a complicated man both loved by many of the musicians who worked under him, and strongly disliked by many others that worked with him. Interviews with Placido Domingo, Brigitte Fassbaender, Michael Gielen, Manfred Honeck, Otto Schenk, and Veronika Kleiber (Carlos’ sister, giving her first interview about her brother) are featured, as well as excerpts from Mr. Kleiber conducting at various points in his career. It is truly fascinating to see the man come alive while conducting, and the footage of him explaining to his musicians how a particular section of a piece should be played is amazing – as expressed in the film, it is clear that Mr. Kleiber “felt” each piece of music, and his descriptions of how things should be played are rooted in some of the basic examples of our shared human experiences. This is a conductor that “gets it”, and it is no wonder that some of his musicians loved him for this.

    There is footage of Mr. Kleiber at various points in his career, and in this documentary a picture is painted of a complicated man, full of vitality and childish joys, always on the move, going somewhere, doing something, occasionally intimidating, but at his core shy and caring. What is most telling is how Placido Domingo speaks about him, with reverence and respect – this listener really wishes he could have attended an early Kleiber concert…it would have been unforgettable. Kudos to Mr. Shulz for giving us a window into the life of this conducting legend.

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