Elusive, eccentric, willful, capricious... These are some of the milder words used to describe Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004), the man widely considered "the most venerated conductor since Arturo Toscanini" (The New York Times). He could allow himself the luxury of choosing his own repertoire and performers, and of working at a pace that ensured peerless music-making. Carlos Kleiber's all too rare concert appearances are always musical occasions to cherish and remember. The vitality and precision of his authoritative gestures never fail to generate excitement and inspire playing of great élan from orchestras throughout the world. This recording with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was filmed at the Vienna Musikvereinssaal.