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  • Wilhelm Furtwängler

    3 20.00%
  • Leonard Bernstein

    3 20.00%
  • Herbert von Karajan

    1 6.67%
  • Georg Solti

    2 13.33%
  • Bruno Walter

    1 6.67%
  • Otto Klemperer

    2 13.33%
  • Karl Böhm

    1 6.67%
  • Yevgeny Mravinsky

    0 0%
  • Willem Mengelberg

    0 0%
  • George Szell

    2 13.33%
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    Default TC "Conductor Survivor" All-Time Favorite

    Less than a week ago, we concluded the Conductor Survivor Game finals, having narrowed down the field to the 10 very famous all-time stars of conducting listed above.

    Now, I'd like to apply two measures to this thread. First, this poll functions like any other TalkClassical poll, where one simply votes for one conductor as your top-most choice...

    However, for those who wish to expound further, you're encouraged to list your favorite 5 in a post. I'd like to assign numerical values to those 5, as follows:

    1. Number 1=10 points
    2. Number 2=6 points
    3. Number 3=3 points
    4. Number 4=2points
    5. Number 5=1 point


    I'll be interested to see the variances in the responses. One final word-- unlike many polls that we construct, there is not, nor will there be, any category for "other/none-of-the-above." If participating, please limit your selections to the names in the "finals" list.

    Finally, a BIG thanks for everyone who played a role in helping set up this thread.

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    1. Bernstein
    2. Walter
    3. Szell
    4. Solti
    5. Furtwängler

    I have a very different #1, by the way, for those of you who balk at my having chosen Bernstein. None of these, I daresay, would have actually made it into my top five (For reference, I much prefer the obscure greats: Mitropoulos, Barbirolli, Ozawa; those people who were really great conductors but for some reason people just don't know or regard as well as they should be known or regarded. It's a shame, really).
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    Quote Originally Posted by World Violist View Post
    1. Bernstein...
    I have a very different #1, by the way, for those of you who balk at my having chosen Bernstein.
    I think that the status of ANY of the names on this list is such that no-one need feel apologetic about selecting whatever conductor they choose to place in the top position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    I think that the status of ANY of the names on this list is such that no-one need feel apologetic about selecting whatever conductor they choose to place in the top position.
    Well I figured it's better being balked at and having an excuse to ignore said balking than to just be balked at. Point taken, though.
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    I voted for Klemperer, but it's cruel to have to single out any one of them - the're all great.

    I guess for me

    1 Klemperer
    2 Furtwangler
    3 Karajan
    4 Solti
    5 Bernstein

    But it's very hard to judge because I'm sure that there are many brilliant recordings from most of these guys that I haven't heard.

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    Single choice poll? Are you kidding? I am not able to choose one from this ten and take him on the first position. Only thing I would able to do is to select 5 (minimum 3) conductors with equal point benefit.

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    1-Furtwangler
    2-Klemperer
    3-Böhm
    4-Mravinsky
    5-Walter

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    Quote Originally Posted by confuoco View Post
    Single choice poll? Are you kidding? I am not able to choose one from this ten and take him on the first position. Only thing I would able to do is to select 5 (minimum 3) conductors with equal point benefit.
    I guess I'll take this as evidence that we selected a very good set of names from our earlier nomination thread!

    I don't know if this'll help, but an interesting way to think about it is... whose absence would have been the greatest loss to Classical Music over the previous century?

    "General announcement:" keep in mind that I timed this poll to close on St. Valentine's Day! February 14. So... (good advice in life, as well as in this thread)- show your love for your favorite... before it's too late!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    show your love for your favorite... before it's too late!
    OK, I will think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post

    I don't know if this'll help, but an interesting way to think about it is... whose absence would have been the greatest loss to Classical Music over the previous century?
    If you put it like that I'd have to say Karajan and Bernstein because regardless of how one feels about them (personaly I like them) they have turned more people on to classical music than any of the others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    If you put it like that I'd have to say Karajan and Bernstein because regardless of how one feels about them (personaly I like them) they have turned more people on to classical music than any of the others.
    I do not care about that.They turned people so what?Musically i feel the century would suffer musically if Furtwangler, Klemperer, Böhm, Mravinsky and Walter had not been musicians. There are other conductors who achieved what Karajan and Bernstein achieved but from this list these 5 are incomparable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atabey View Post
    I do not care about that.They turned people so what? Musically i feel the century would suffer musically if Furtwangler, Klemperer, Böhm, Mravinsky and Walter had not been musicians. There are other conductors who achieved what Karajan and Bernstein achieved but from this list these 5 are incomparable.
    If you say so, mate. Personally I feel that the century would have suffered if any of these ten hadn't been musicians.

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    Um ... how is it that we have a final poll that contains only those conductors typically associated with, shall we say, 'big-boned' interpretations? No love for the champions of HIP?

    I suppose I shall have to pick one, and I'm going for Bohm. Not because he's 'better' than any of the others. It's just impossible to choose between so many conductors whose styles weren't a million miles apart from each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    If you say so, mate. Personally I feel that the century would have suffered if any of these ten hadn't been musicians.
    Yeah,yeah,but it would suffer more if my top five hadn't been musicians...

    I have heard this,they converted people to listening to classical music,argument umpteenth time now but yet to hear any reasoning that would make it valid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuhlau View Post
    Um ... how is it that we have a final poll that contains only those conductors typically associated with, shall we say, 'big-boned' interpretations? No love for the champions of HIP?

    FK
    I suggested Trevor Pinnock during the nominating phase but it wasn't considered a good idea to have the HIP guys on the list.

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