"Carlos Kleiber, renowned for both his formidable interpretations of music and his often eccentric and reclusive nature, has died aged 74. For the last years of his life he refused to record (indeed, hardly ever performed) and was known to cancel at short notice. He never hired an agent, never gave an interview, and conducted all contractual negotiations himself. It was joked that he only conducted when his freezer was empty – though on one rare return to the podium he was lured back by the fee of an Audi car"

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