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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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    Absolute favourite: Karl Bohm (might be an unpopular opinion). For some reason I like his Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven the most. But of course, Mozart he alone brings to life. If I may mention another, then George Szell.

    Conductor I don't like: Rattle definitely. Still don't understand him.

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    I have many favourites for several reasons, which i have not the time to list.
    The most detestable goes to teodor currentzis or roger norrington.

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    I have no favorite or least favorite over a wide range of music. There are several famous conductors I've yet to listen to including Kubelik, Giulini, and many others. And some I just seem to avoid like Karajan, and Abbado. But mostly I have no interest in collecting volumes and volumes of standard repertoire by dozens of conductors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I have no favorite or least favorite over a wide range of music. There are several famous conductors I've yet to listen to including Kubelik, Giulini, and many others. And some I just seem to avoid like Karajan, and Abbado. But mostly I have no interest in collecting volumes and volumes of standard repertoire by dozens of conductors.
    As for Kubelík, why not check out his Dvorak 8 & 9 disc on DG with the BPO. I must say it's the first I've gotten any enjoyment out of these works. Giulini, he's made good recordings of the Brahms and Beethoven concertos w/ Perlman, and a great Don G in the early '60s. But that's all I really know from him. He seems to have tended toward slower tempi later in life, but not really in a Klemperer or Celibidache kind of way.

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    I'm pretty well saturated with Dvorak 8 & 9. I've got at least three recordings of each, and I've heard umpteen 9ths on classical radio over the years.
    “Music makes you feel feelings. Words make you think thoughts. But a song can make you feel a thought.”

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    The best is difficult; there are so many great conductors each of whom has his own specialty. To find a conductor with a very broad repertoire all of a very high standard is not easy. Certainly Sir John Barbirolli must be a contender as must Bruno Walter both of whom seemed to find the heart in any music. And as a rank outsider Karl Munchinger. He was a pioneer of authentic baroque with Chamber orchestra although his repertoire seemed limited and he had no interest in the great romantic warhorses. But within his own field pretty good.
    The worst is less so. Celibidache. I know he is a cult but I always felt that He could destroy any emotion in music. Sure there were moments which were very beautiful but there was no sense of structure and any climax was ironed out. Surprisingly he seemed a far better conductor when younger.
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    All time favorite: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Least favorites: Celibidache, Currentzis, Ormandy, Welser-Möst. I also despise Thielemann but on a personal level rather than musical.

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