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    favorites Klemperer first,Bohm, Bernstein, Walter,

    least fav probably Barenboim

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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?


    That's Myung-Whun Chung. I mostly know of his efforts in recordings of Messiaen (very good) or in performances with Cecilia Bartoli. His Rossini Stabat Mater with Bartoli is very good as is the Bartoli disc of French songs, Chant d'amour, upon which Chung performs as pianist.
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    Chung's Messiaen is stellar, but I still haven't heard a recording of Turangalîla that surpasses Atoni Wit with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

    I can't think of a favourite right now, but someone who has intrigued, surprised and impressed me recently is Dimitri Mitropoulos. His Mahler is especially unusual and refreshing, shame about the recording quality, though it's still not Soviet bad.

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    Furtwangler is easily my favourite conductor by a fair margin and were I limited to one conductor I would not hesitate for an instant. I have not heard anything from him that I don't thoroughly enjoy. That is not to say I think he is the best conductor with every Composer but overall, he is my favourite conductor and 99% of the time my first choice.

    I also regard Gunter Wand highly for his Bruckner works in particular. Nikolaus Harnoncourt also stands out for me and I have to give a mention to Daniel Barenboim who gas done some fantastic work himself.

    I have only heard a little of each but I am really enjoying the work of Colin Davis (Haydn London Symphonies), Vasily Petrenko (Rachmaninov - RLPO) and VladImir Jurowski (Tchaikovsky - LPO).

    My least favourite conductor at this time is easily Herbert Von Karajan. Very little clicks for me. I have tried many times but in all honesty I find other conductors interpretations consistently more satisfying to me. I know he is very popular but for me he is nothing special at all.

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    I am recently listening to Leonard Bernstein's Mahler. It is very impressive. But are we really listening to Mahler or is it Bernstein? He seems too imposing at times.

    Sometimes I listen to Abravenel's version as just neutral reference.
    Last edited by mitchflorida; Dec-18-2012 at 17:20.

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    Which Bernstein's Mahler? There are two and they are quite different.

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    I think you know which version I am talking about.

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    Solti, mainly because his recordings are now on so many bargain discs, but it turns out he does it for me musically with a lot of repetoire; I also saw him a lot with the London Philharmonic in the 80's. I saw Riccardo Muti with the Chicago Symphony the other week, and was very dissapointed...completely lifeless Mozart/Beethoven/Wagner performances, with little coordination or leadership.

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    I seem to gravitate towards recordings from:
    Bernstein
    Karajan
    Kubelik
    Bohm
    Klemperer
    Kempe
    Marriner
    Pinnock

    I generally avoid:
    Abbado (His Brahms cycle from the late 80's early 90's is great and I like his Mendelssohn, but I've not heard much else that I care for)
    Levine
    Barenboim

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    Favorite : Carlos Kleiber
    Runners up: Simon Rattle,Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly

    Least Favorite: Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Colin Davis

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    More of an update to my previous post, three conductors have really seized my attention - Ferenc Fricsay, Klaus Tennstedt and Leonard Bernstein.

    Fricsay came to me via Verdi's Requiem but as I hear more, I am increasingly interested. Much as I love the film my username is drawn from, I overlooked that his performance of Beethovens 9th, apparently the first in Stereo was used in the soundtrack. The recordings from Audite with the RIAS-Symphony Orchestra are fantastic.

    Tennstedt seems to me, under-rated. Although famous for his Mahler interpretations and rightly so, his interpretation of Bruckner, Prokofiev and Beethoven is also superb.

    Bernstein is an obvious choice for many and the reasons are clearly evident. Along with Tennstedt, Bernstein seems to bring a synergy to Mahler and really bring out the best of the composer. A versatile conductor and composer, I cannot believe I took so long to discover him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by realdealblues View Post
    I seem to gravitate towards recordings from:
    Bernstein
    Karajan
    Kubelik
    Bohm
    Klemperer
    Kempe
    Marriner
    Pinnock

    I generally avoid:
    Abbado (His Brahms cycle from the late 80's early 90's is great and I like his Mendelssohn, but I've not heard much else that I care for)
    Levine
    Barenboim
    I'm almost exactly with you on all of these.

    I don't get Abaddo either, other than the recordings you mentioned.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    Klemperer,Bohm,Bernstein,Karajan for me. and Furty

    Don't care for a lot of them.

    Abbado, Jansons, Rattle, Barenboim.................
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    Unfortunately, I am unable to listen to many of the older conductors' works because I demand the highest technical sound quality

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