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    Two of my favorites, style-wise, have to be Carlos Kleiber and Nicholas Harnoncourt. I have an old VHS tape of Kleiber conducting Beethoven's 4th and 7th symphonies. Fantastic! If you haven't seen it, you do not know what you are missing!

    Harnoncourt too can be very expressive with the baton.

    Which others should I check out (on You-Tube) or wherever?

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    One of my absolute favorite conductor clips is this one of Bernstein conducting an encore of the Haydn 88 finale. He basically kicks it off with his hands and does everything else with facial expressions. Gotta love this guy.


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    Solti; he has a wise artistic discretion. Isn't this the best Entry of the Gods into Valhalla you've ever heard? The strings are marked pianissimo in the score, but he ignores that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUrwtO9cW88

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    I don't usuallly watch video clips of conductors, however, I like the musical approach of Karl Böhm, George Szell, Eugen Jochum. They sound "classical" to me.

    One youtube video I remember is Mravinsky conducting a Shostakovich symphony (No. 10?). He made conducting look easy and yet the sound I heard was very intense. The video image and the sound didn't seem to go together - weird.

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    Rene Leibowitz, Jascha Horenstein, Anatole Fistoulari, Vladimir Golschmann, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Vladimir Spivakov, Michael Tilson Thomas, Charles Dutoit...

    First that come to mind

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    Here's Mr. Kleiber in action.......... the best conductor ever as voted by 100 leading conductors. See BBC Music Magazine 2010. a revelation:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLkZvsp62iU

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    In days gone by I would have listed a few but these days I increasingly realise that it is highly repertoire dependent. No one conductor has all the insights into every composition. And that is what I value most in a conductor: insight.

    That said there are a couple of "star" conductors who I find totally unlistenable +90% of the time, but even they can sometimes surprise me in the right repertoire just when I had them written off.

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    This is my favourite clip of Kleiber (who is also my favourite conductor). 1:15 is just wonderful!!

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    Kleiber does a wonderful Brahms IV, but I must confess to struggling to get excited about his Tristan. Maybe I need to give it another go.

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    Oh yes, I forgot to mention that with Kleiber jr the fourth movement actually is allegro energico rather andante lethargico.

    The horrors!

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    Here's a wonderful treat for all your Kleiber-lovers that I just discovered:


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    Conductors who I would put in the "favorite" category are the ones who've opened up a composer or genre to me. John Eliot Gardiner got me into vocal music; Martinot got me to appreciate Debussy; Kondrashin opened up Shostakovich; Rosdvensky - however you spell it - introduced me to Glazunov and made Tchaikovsky make sense; Tintner made me love Bruckner.

    Other conductors do great things (like Furtwangler and Kleiber), but these in my list stand out for what they've brought to me.

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    OMFG, just found a full Kleiber concert - and it's the one featuring the Brahms 4!


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    Here's a video of Kleiber rehearsing the overture to Der Freischütz.

    Part 1/3
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5WyQnQJNc4

    Part 2/3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mId6C...eature=related
    Part 3/3 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu7dZ...eature=related

    Enjoy. Oh, and there's another rehearsal videos of Kleiber for Strauss's Die Fledermaus overture, you can find it on the suggestion bar on the right (if you go to the youtube links).

    EDIT : Why can't the videos show up. Oh well, I guess you'll just have to go directly to the links I provided.
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    Furtwangler and Knappertsbusch.
    If they had just lived longer and recorded more works with better studios (i.e. DG or DECCA) I wouldn't have to bother with the often slim pickings of Karajan or Solti...

    Listen to this an tell me it's not the best Leb Wohl you've ever heard. Tell me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i14cxs17Ju0
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