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Erich Kleiber ショルティとエーリッヒ・クライバー

1997年9月に亡くなったショルティの自伝"Memories"に、エーリッヒ・クライバーの話がのっていました。

Sir Georg Solti : "Memories" , Alfred A. Knopf , 1997. (ISBN 0-679-44598-X)
Solti Memories

ショルティは、エーリッヒの演奏に接して指揮者になることに決心したとのことですが、ブタペスト時代の記述に以下のものがありました。同書のp.25から引用します。

I sometimes wonder how I "heard" music in those days. In my youth, I wasn't interested in musical content,and didn't really understand the composers and their intensions until I matured. My main aim was to concentrate on my techniques and improve it to the very best standards. The first time in my life that a symphonic piece really touched me - I was not more than fourteen years old - was when I heard the great Erich Kleiber conduct Beethoven's Fifth. I felt as if I had been hit by lightning. The music was so powerful and all-embracing, and it was not only Kleiber's performance but also the sound of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony that really aroused in me the desire to make my life in music, whatever the consequences. I decided immediately that I wanted to be a conductor, not a pianist. When I got home, I told my mother of my dicision; as a good Jewish mother, she said wisely, "Very well. but now go and practice the piano." And yet, that eveing my fate was decided.