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    Benstein, Muti, Solti, Paray and lots more.

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    My favorite in no particular order.

    Bohm, Mackerras, Herreweghe, Szell, Abbado

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    I'll revise my choice of favourite Conductors based on further listening from my previous entry 4 years ago (where has the time gone?).

    One who has dropped significantly for me is Karl Böhm. I don't mind some of his Opera recordings (Richard Strauss comes to mind as does a concert recording of Fidelio) but even in these he is not a favourite. Simply not for my tastes and not a patch on Furtwängler, Klemperer et al. His Berlin Mozart Symphonies (DG 2CD) put me off Mozart for a long time. The only Symphonic recordings of his I liked and continue to do so was a DG release with Beethoven's Sixth & Schubert's Fifth.

    Some Conductors who now rate in my favourites in addition to Furtwängler, Klemperer, Beecham, Kempe, Tennstedt and Bernstein include:
    - Leopold Stokowski: A very gifted and versatile interpreter who has a keen instinct and mind for getting to the essence of the music. His Orchestral transcriptions are also phenomenal.
    - Sir Adrian Boult: A remarkable Conductor who was again surprisingly versatile. Though a great Champion of a British music, he excelled in Germanic repertoire too - his Brahms interpretations are easily my favourites and made me really appreciate them anew (more so than even Klemperer or Furtwängler) and his recordings of Wagner Orchesral Excerpts are truly remarkable (some of the best Parsifal excerpts I have ever heard).
    - Günter Wand: An outstanding interpreter who drew a great deal from any Orchestra and like Boult, let the music shine.
    - Vernon Handley: His championing and recordings of Arnold Bax, Charles Villiers Stanford, Granville Bantock, Robert Simpson in addition to the stalwarts of RVW and Elgar mean a great deal to me. Very underrated sadly.
    - David Lloyd-Jones: Much like Handley in championing British works in a compelling manner.
    - Ferenc Fricsay: Simply outstanding, a great feel for the music.
    - Igor Markevitch: An incredible Conductor who brought incredible detail and power from any piece he interpreted. His Berlioz and Tchaikovsky in particular are phenomenal.
    - Pierre Monteux: A remarkable interpreter with a golden touch, equally at home in Germanic or - French repertoire. Like Klempererand Stokowski, age was never a barrier and he never lost his gifts.
    - Sergiu Celibidache: Controversial, opinionated but a phenomenal interpreter in the music of Bruckner and Brahms. His reading of Choral Works - particularly Faure's Requiem is outstanding. His recordings for me transcend time, never feeling as long as the running time suggests (except the Berlin Bruckner 7 on DVD). Granted some interpretations are more successful than others (for example in the Beethoven Symphonies) but when he is on, he presents the works a unique and thoroughly interesting manner which I really enjoy.

    Honourable Mentions: Claudio Abbado, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Barbirolli (Mahler & Sibelius), Paavo Berglund (Nielsen & Sibelius), Vaclav Neumann (Dvorak & Martinu), Bryden Thomson (Bax & Martinu), Richard Hickox, Fritz Reiner, Christopher Hogwood, Neeme Jarvi (versatile but his Raff amongst other recordings stand out), Eugen Jochum and Jos van Immerseel (purely for his Schubert Symphonies and Liszt recordings).

    Living/Active Conductors I enjoy include Simone Young (chiefly for her Bruckner), Marin Alsop, Vasilly Petrenko, Vladimir Jurowski, Herbert Blomstedt, Antonio Poppano and again Elder and Jarvi (Neeme and to a lesser extent depending on the work Paavo)

    I'm sure I have missed someone out - especially in the latter category but these are off the top of my head. Some honourable mentions may move up depending on my mood but for the time of writing this will suffice.
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    1. Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004) for his time consumming, perfectionist approach with amazing results. Also for the educational recordings of him working and a good nature.
    2. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) for dynamic yet very well controlled interpretations; lots of great collaborations that I can enjoy and decades of educational work
    3. Riccardo Muti (1941-) a lot of energy makes music really take off---with me happily tucked onboard
    4. Charles Gerhardt (1927-1999) from the choice of musicians and recording venues to conducting and recording techniques; for great recordings and enterprising music preservations efforts
    5. Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985) for his unusual interpretations and amazing string section sound
    6. Carmen Dragon (1914-1984) for creative reimagining/reorchestrating/transposing of pieces and his ability to highlight dramatic qualities in music
    7. Neville Marriner (1924-2016) for his amazing recordings for Amadeus and many, many others
    8. Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) for interpretations that sound great no matter how bad technology that has been used to record them was; for his heroic stance against the 3rd Reich regime as a leader of German classical music society
    9. Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) for the control of any and all possible orchestral groups, whether traditional or featuring wildest instrument combinations; for expressive, slow burning tempos
    10. Vladimir Ashkenazy (1937-) not frequently a conductor, but whenever he was, I found him very good
    11. Valery Gergiev (1953-) my favourite nowadays. A very reliable romantic conductor
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    I'm no fanboy of any single conductor but there are a few conductors I can rely on for very good interpretations of the music I love. So I do like a lot of what Gielen, Wand, Skrowaczewski, Mackerras, Dohnanyi and Blomstedt have done ( but not all).
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    Oddly, I feel like there are no conductors who consistently impress me. There are a few who come pretty close: Pierre Boulez, Lenny Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Fritz Reiner, Karl Böhm. I'm not sure if I could call any one of these a real favorite though.

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    I've not been disappointed by Claudio Abbado, Trevor Pinnock, Sir Neville Marriner, Bernard Haitink, Jos van Immerseel, Karl Böhm, Walter Weller, Yoel Levi, and Philippe Herreweghe

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    There are so many good ones. I think more about the conductors I want to avoid for certain types of music.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

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