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    Quote Originally Posted by CarterJohnsonPiano View Post
    Will I be mocked for suggesting Simon Rattle?
    Which category are you suggesting for him then: Favorite or Least Favorite
    Whatever floats your boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarterJohnsonPiano View Post
    Will I be mocked for suggesting Simon Rattle?
    Not if you are choosing him as least favourite.

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    It is getting ridiculous when someone just throws out a name with no other comments . .


    Also, how about some details and reasons, not just "I like Joe Smith" or "I don't like Joe Smith".

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    I think for a conductor, Simon Rattle has very entertaining hair.

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    How come no one has mentioned Gunter Wand? Good , bad, average?

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    My opinion: Wand is the best for Bruckner overall and has made some great recordings of one of my favourite composers; Bernd Alois Zimmermann.
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    I would give an earnest listen to about anything recorded by:
    Ferenc Fricsay
    George Szell
    Firtz Reiner
    Bernard Haitink
    Lukas Foss
    Karl Bohm
    Each in their way, deeply intelligent musicians who knew a great deal of music, not just from one or two eras.

    I assiduously avoid:

    Barenboim - it all sounds lackluster and too similar, regardless of composer or period.

    99% of Bernstein, who was also very intelligent but whose natural inclination for the dramatic overtook much of what he led, to me, anyway. There are a few superb recordings by him, The Nielsen Symphony No. 5 being one I know of, Messiaen's Trois Petite liturgies pour la presence Divine another.

    Karajan - perhaps great and brilliant in the late romantics, the rest, I find utterly distorted... the late romantics are an area of almost no interest to me, so....

    Yep, hardly anyone alive, as I do not 'track' the conductor tally so much as some do. That is not to say I do not recognize their ultimate importance, I just do not track it so much.

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    I don't think I've ever heard a conductor who has met my highest expectations on every recording.

    The only one who hasn't disappointed me yet is:

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    because I've only heard one of her recordings and I love it

    But, to play the game, I'd have to pick William Steinberg as my favorite. I've heard a lot of his recordings and though I can think of individual works where I've preferred someone else, I can not think of a single recording of his I didn't like.

    Barenboim is the clear choice for least favorite. He may be getting a little better in his old age, but the majority of his conducting I find to be as lifeless as I could imagine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emiellucifuge View Post
    My opinion: Wand is the best for Bruckner overall and has made some great recordings of one of my favourite composers; Bernd Alois Zimmermann.

    Thanks for the tip. I like this version very much. Not so bombastic like many others conduct this.

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    Haitink and Solti would be on my list. Giants of their era mercifully Haitink is still with us. His Bruckner and Mahler are wonderful.

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    Charles Dutoit seems to be under-rated. Would have to put him above Eugene Ormandy.

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    Haitink is *so* "proper" he bores me silly. I'll take the "distorted" conductors over bland ones like Haitink any day. To me, the biggest sin is not having anything unique to say. We live in an age of that.

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    If you like Haydn's Symphonies, I think Christopher Hogwood is his finest interpreter. No one else comes close. Hogwood seems to capture the time and spirit of Haydn's works. Karajan conducts Haydn like he would any other romantic composer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tahnak View Post
    Arturo Toscanini was a pompous showman without a spine. I will rate him a 5/10.
    I was also wondering why Toscanini is not mentioned. I don't understand why you think he had no spine. I think one of the greatest recordings of all time was his Schubert Sym no 9.

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    How about the Korean conductor named Myung-Whun Chang? His Shostakovich 5th Symphony is spectacular! He kicks *** and kicks *** hard.

    I just heard of him recently. Anyone else impressed with this amazing conductor?
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