Grendel 
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Re: “New documentary Traces to Nowhere takes a look at the elusive conductor Carlos Kleiber

You're most welcome, Andrew.

I've written 'Corresponding With Carlos: A Biography of Carlos Kleiber' about my years with him. Got fed up with the exaggerations and nonsense being written by people who never even knew him. Left unchallenged, they become Received Gospel, and that would be deeply unfair and historically errant.

Should be coming out in July or so... Rowman & Littlefield / Scarecrow Press, a good music house. 150,000 words, 689 footnotes (sheesh!), a number of unknown photos and -- best of all -- many of the app 200 letters, postcards, faxes and cartoons from our long correspondence. (I have withheld the purely personal ones.)

Those about music will, I think, fascinate. This was SUCH an original mind and spirit. I have never met a musiker like him.

It all began when I was in grad school at Stanford, and just wrote him a letter. The 'great hermit' answered... and changed my life. It was the same, I believe, for everyone who knew him.

Thx again,


Charles
City Opera Vancouver

Posted by Grendel on 04/20/2011 at 8:10 PM

Re: “New documentary Traces to Nowhere takes a look at the elusive conductor Carlos Kleiber

One element of Kleiber's genius lay in his humour. It was as bold, bizarre, arresting and memorable as his music. It was both an invitation, and a curtain wall erected round his castle. It served his privacy, and his friendships.

I knew and studied with CK from 1989 to the end, and appreciate Eric's documentary for its capture of Carlos' wit. An awareness of that wit is essential to knowing the man -- but, more importantly, to grasping the rhapsody and imagination that lay behind the music.

Carlos Kleiber was the greatest conductor of our time. He was a very private man who led a very public career. I believe this documentary, paying attention as it does to his humour in all, explains how he survived this contradiction.

Those of us (and there were many) lucky to call him friend found joy in his joy. You don't need to know a word of German to see it on the faces captured herein. Thanks!

Charles Barber
City Opera Vancouver

Posted by Grendel on 04/20/2011 at 3:42 PM

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