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    Best: Pierre Boulez
    Worst: Herbert "Woosh" Karajan
    Last edited by Red Terror; Dec-20-2018 at 21:25.

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    Karajan, Rattle and lots of ones. Depends on performance. I think a line cannot be drown because there are many excelent conductors and different performances.
    "Music should belong to everyone" Kodaly Zoltan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orfeo View Post
    [*]Daniel Barenboim: a great Wagnerian and a very fine Bruckner conductor.
    [*]Sir Georg Solti: Overall a superb Straussian and Wagnerian maestro (and a heck of an Elgarian).
    Yes, good observation about Barenboim, Solti also, who was a great Mahlerian as well..

    [*]Yevgeny Mravinsky: really a great musician, but too hard-driven (in fairness, part of the problem was the abrasive nature of those recordings).
    Mravinsky was definitely a driver who would really push the orchestra....the recorded sound on some of his live performances, esp can be pretty harsh....but Mravinsky/LenPO was one of the great conductor/orchestra combos of all time....to hear them "drive it home" - ie - the "Stupid March" from Honegger Sym #3/III is quite unforgettable
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    Favorites, in no order:

    Herbert von Karajan, Bruno Walter, Georg Solti, George Szell, Karl Böhm, Neville Marriner, Pierre Boulez, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, René Jacobs. If I had to pick two, probably Boulez and Marriner. Love everything I've heard of those two.

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    I'll say Harnoncourt in response to both questions.

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    Best: one candidate could be Mengelberg.
    Worst: I don't keep recordings or seek out some by conductors I no longer find good or interesting. But some candidates could be Roberto Paternostro, Nicholas Ward, or Andrew Davis.
    Last edited by joen_cph; Mar-17-2019 at 17:16.

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    Klemperer or Bernstein for favorites. Klemperer if I have to choose between them.
    Gravitas, depth, feeling

    I hate Harnoncourt(gimmicky) and Gardiner (cold, antiseptic )
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Favourite: Klemperer
    Least favourite: Szell

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