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Thread: Who is your all-time favorite and least favorite famous Conductor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackAdderLXX View Post
    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.
    I would read such a thread with keen interest.

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    Noticing this thread, I looked at my CD collection catalogue and found that there are 36 conductors whose work I collect to the max. Over my 50 years of classical music enthusiasm, these are the conductors whose work speaks to me, and that's why I collect them. I don't want to single out conductors I don't like. Their absence from my 36 favored ones is all I have to say. This is in alphabetical order. I either have all or most of these conductors' works. If anyone cares, I am very able and willing to state exactly what I find excellent about these artists.

    Riccardo Chailly
    Colin Davis
    Antal Doráti
    Frederick Fennell
    Arthur Fiedler
    Michael Gielen
    Angel Gil-Ordoñez
    Morton Gould
    Vernon Handley
    Christopher Hogwood
    Marek Janowski
    Eugen Jochum
    Ton Koopman
    Erich Leinsdorf
    Yoel Levi
    Charles MacKerras
    Jean Martinon
    Pierre Monteux
    Charles Munch
    Riccardo Muti
    Eugene Ormandy
    Seiji Ozawa
    Paul Paray
    Fritz Reiner
    Michael Sanderling
    Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Stansiław Skrowaczewcki
    Leonard Slatkin
    William Steinberg
    Leopold Stokowski
    George Szell
    Michael Tilson Thomas
    Christoph von Dohnányi
    Bruno Walter
    Sebastian Weigle

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    Favourite: Carlos Kleiber, who made old warhorses come up new-minted like nobody else I've ever heard, simply by playing what's written but doing so at white heat.

    Least favourite: Simon Rattle, who so often insists on "doing something with" music which doesn't need that kind of interventionism and should be allowed to speak for itself.

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