The great maestro Carlos Kleiber was, in additon to an outstanding conductor, an interesting person, and I am looking for a good biography in English. Any recommendations?
There does not seem to be any yet. The best you can do is to "google" his name. There are several short bios listed,but no book.
I think Bliss is right about a biography in English, although I know that somebody was/is due to publish a collection of letters between himself and Kleiber. The problem with Kleiber and biography would surely be that he was too private: any biography would be likely to be the object, as it were, observed.
Two quite interesting DVD 'biographies' of Kleiber appeared last year: the one I saw was called 'Carlos Kleiber: I am Lost to the World'.
Hallo, I am still wondering about english or US publishers. My biography of Carlos Kleiber, in Germany also published as paperback by Schott soon was translated to Japanese by Ongako no tomo sha and is there a great sucess. But I still got no hints in case of an forthcoming english translation, since after one year negotiations a contract with Phaidon failed because of special unusual differences concerning publishers rights. For years I have got and still get many mails from people not only from England or US but from all over the world in case of an English translation, but nothing happens unfortuantely. I think publishers fear costs of translation, but there exist possibilities to reduce that costs significantly with help of special german institutes, so its not really an convincing argument, all the more there would shurely be a large market for it. Also because the popularity of Kleiber is very high and increased since I published my book and also films were produced, in wich I was involved too. Alex
A future issue of Gramophone, I am hoping July but these things can change, will carry a review of "Corresponding with Carlos", a biography by Charles Barber new to the UK market.
Corresponding with Carlos by Charles Barber is available from Waterstones (to order) or from Amazon. It's expensive but it is a most interesting and enjoyable read, though I haven't got far in to it just yet.
Charles Barber's book "Corresponding with Carlos: A Biography of Carlos Kleiber" is given a positive review in the May issue of BBC Music.
www.correspondingwithcarlos.com or online.
The book comes with a bias.
I knew him from 1989 to the
end, having first written him a letter when in grad school at Stanford. He was
the most astonishing conductor I have ever encountered, and I believe many feel
the same. He changed my understanding of music, and of conducting.
I am often asked about his
first name. It means much more
than is usually understood, and illustrates the
very special DNA of his work.
He was born in Berlin, and raised in Buenos
Aires. This matters a very great
combined the rigors of German analysis, form, and discipline with the
vitality of Latin dance, pulse, and joy. For nearly twenty years at the
formative outset, a
conductor baptized Karl gradually became Carlos. He never
turned his back on
that fascinating cultural biochemistry. It would shape
everything he did.”
Again, thank you for asking
A kind review of the book, in The Guardian...