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    Best: Pierre Boulez
    Worst: Herbert "Woosh" Karajan
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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.
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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.
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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 )
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    Favourite: Klemperer
    Least favourite: Szell

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    Favourites: Gunter Wand, Otto Klemperer & Eugene Ormandy

    Least Favourites: TBD

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    This is a difficult question for me, because I don't think any conductor is exceptional in all the repertory that they conduct. Hence, I tend to like one or two (or more) conductors for a specific composer, but would consider other conductors to be better for the music of another composer, and so on. In my view, all conductors are only specialists in a select (& often small) group of composers, and not across the board in all repertory. But if I were pressed to pick just one, I'd choose Eugen Jochum.

    Favorite conductor: Eugen Jochum
    Least favorite conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
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    All-time favorite: Furtwängler
    Least favorite: Harnoncourt (though there’s still occasional stuff from him that I don’t mind)
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    Which is the best conductor on Beethoven simphonied

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    Adrian Boult in English music, Bernstein in American (pre-1970).

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    Can anyone tell me if there is a thread discussing the strengths of the various conductors? Example, Bruno Walter is good for Brahms, etc. I'm thinking of starting one if there isn't already.
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    MCunha Which is the best conductor on Beethoven simphonied
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