How it began

I spent some weeks fashioning a letter intended to open his door, and early hit on the key.

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Carlos the Ecstatic

In combining distance from his own ego with that ecstatic urgency, Kleiber made his unique art.

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Uniquely, Carlos Kleiber combined the rigors of German analysis, form, and discipline with the expressive 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.