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Carlos Kleiber: A Conductor Unlike Any Other

Genre: Documentary/Classical Music
Length: 2 hours
Frequency: Special
DELIVERY TYPE: ContentDepot File Transfer & CD
Optional Breaks: One
Producer/Host: Jon Tolansky
Executive Producers: Steve Robinson & Olga Buckley
Underwriters: Co-produced by the WFMT Radio Network and RTE Lyric FM

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of the inspirational and elusive conductor Carlos Kleiber, the WFMT Radio Network in collaboration with RTE Lyric FM, presents a two hour memoir of his rehearsals and performances, hosted by Jon Tolansky, who played under the Maestro, with specially recorded recollections from many opera singers, orchestral players and others who knew him professionally and personally.

This program include contributions from singers Ileana Cotrubas, Thomas Hampson, Dame Felicity Lott, the late Dame Margaret Price and Jonathan Summers, members of the Chicago Symphony, Royal Opera House, London Symphony and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, conductor and pen friend Charles Barber, administrators Sir Peter Jonas and Sir John Tooley, and recording executive Costa Pilavachi.

Music includes:
  • Beethoven Symphony No 5
  • Beethoven Symphony No 7
  • Nicolai The Merry Wives of Windsor Overture
  • Puccini La boheme extract
  • Schubert Symphony No 3
  • Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus extracts
  • Johann Strauss II Czardas from Ritter Pasman
  • Josef Strauss Jockey Polka
  • Josef Strauss Die Libelle
  • Richard Strauss Der Rosenkavalier
  • Telemann Suite in B-Flat Major
  • Verdi La traviata extracts
  • Weber Der Freischutz extracts

This free special will be available for broadcast July 1 thru December 31, 2014. For more information please contact:
Tony Macaluso at 773-279-2114, email:,
Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112, email:
or David Sims at 773-279-2027, email: