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    Vladimir Ashkenazy needs more recognition... I really like the way he conducts especially Russian music (check out Rachmaninov's symphonies, with the Concertgebouw if I remember correctly and Ashkenazy).

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    Vladimir Ashkenazy and Dmitri Liss. Both conduct Russian music extremely well. I really like their style.

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    Rudolf Barshai and Jeffrey Tate. The latter conducts one of the best Mozart I have ever heard

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    Paul Kletzki, his recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov "Scheherezade" and the Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra stand comparison with anyone else's.
    Tadaaki Otaka, who in two concerts, not a year apart, with the CBSO gave amongst the finest readings I've ever heard of Elgar and Sibelius's respective 2nd Symphonies.
    George Weldon, a conductor sadly taken for granted in his lifetime, and virtually forgotten since. His stylish recordings of some of the lighter sides of the repertoire have never been bettered, and his performances of Bax "Tintagel" and Elgar's Overtures "In the South" and "Cockaigne" only make me regret the more the absence of any more large scale works in his recordings. He was supposed to have been an outstanding interpreter of the Walton 1st Symphony.
    Nicolai Malko- his recording of Prokofiev's 1st and 7th Symphonies remains a classic, and his Borodin 2nd is pretty good too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShropshireMoose View Post
    Paul Kletzki, his recordings of Rimsky-Korsakov "Scheherezade" and the Tchaikovsky 6th Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra stand comparison with anyone else's.
    Tadaaki Otaka, who in two concerts, not a year apart, with the CBSO gave amongst the finest readings I've ever heard of Elgar and Sibelius's respective 2nd Symphonies.
    George Weldon, a conductor sadly taken for granted in his lifetime, and virtually forgotten since. His stylish recordings of some of the lighter sides of the repertoire have never been bettered, and his performances of Bax "Tintagel" and Elgar's Overtures "In the South" and "Cockaigne" only make me regret the more the absence of any more large scale works in his recordings. He was supposed to have been an outstanding interpreter of the Walton 1st Symphony.
    Nicolai Malko- his recording of Prokofiev's 1st and 7th Symphonies remains a classic, and his Borodin 2nd is pretty good too.
    Oldies but goodies,but Weldon didn't do much for me---Kletzki ,but of course.
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    I would have to say Ferenc Fricsay and Klaus Tennstedt.
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    Cluytens?..............
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Horenstein was one of the greatest conductors of the XXth Century.

    A pity he didn't get the recognition he deserved.

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    My two picks would be: Prof. Dr. Willem Mengelberg and Evgeny Mravinsky.

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    Giuseppe Sinopoli is pretty underrated I do think.

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    Some performers and conductors do suffer because of their labels (Vox could be the kiss of death - IMHO Klien was a better pianist that Brendel, especially in Schubert where Brendel seems ponderous) Wit suffered the Naxos dismissal, but he has made many special recordings, and in the last couple of years the critics seem to be coming round.

    My own candidate for underrated would be Ormandy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CIGConductor View Post
    Runnicles is a wonder conductor and an absolute gentleman. He is also an amazing Mahler interpreter.
    I am going to see Runnicles conduct Mahler's Fifth with the Atlanta SO in March.

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    The first two that came to mind for me were Jascha Horenstein and Hermann Scherchen.

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    I like Mariss Jansons for some of his performances. Hit and miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACE View Post
    I am going to see Runnicles conduct Mahler's Fifth with the Atlanta SO in March.
    Nice one. I saw him do Mahler 9 in August, and was impressed. He seems to know how to craft slow movements particularly well.

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