Concertgebouw Orkest. NBC Symphony Orchestra. Erich Kleiber, conductor.
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Erich Kleiber (1890–1956) was associated with several orchestras (who were glad to benefit from his considerable skills and grasp of repertoire from Baroque to Modern), yet he never had a long tenure with any in particular.
"His Beethoven interpretations rank among the mighty, especially his legendary Beethoven Fifth inscribed with the Concertgebouw Orchestra for Decca…. Kleiber had appeared with the New York Philharmonic for the 1930-31 season, and his electric energy obviously impressed Toscanini enough to warrant the NBC invitations…. Kleiber always elicits fluid and plastic movement from his ensembles; I know of no Kleiber rendition of anything that drags, ever. Muscularity of design, clean articulation of inner parts, the man was a master of his idiom. Only his uncompromising nature kept him from more worldly success; in music, he had few peers."—Audiophile Audition