Top Conductors

I found a list of BBC Music Magazine’s top conductors. I want to start doing a little conducting studying on my own now that I don’t have to take anymore semesters of the class. I still have a ton of room for improvement and growth in my score study and analysis and my conducting skill. (this was an editors poll and opinions)

1. Carlos Kleiber (Austrian, 1930-2004)
ORCHESTRA: Vienna Volksoper, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Zurich Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Bavarian State Opera
WHAT TO KNOW: An enfant terrible of the music world, his long rehearsal times and tendency to cancel appearances on a whim made seeing a Kleiber performance a truly rare experience.

2. Leonard Bernstein (American, 1918-1990)
ORCHESTRA: New York Philharmonic
WHAT TO KNOW: New York drama critic Harold Clurman put it best: “Lenny is hopelessly fated for success.”

3. Claudio Abbado (Italian, b. 1933)
ORCHESTRA: La Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna State Opera, Berlin Philharmonic
WHAT TO KNOW: Von Karajan’s successor at Berlin is a master of turn-of-the-century Vienna, including being perhaps the greatest living interpreter of Mahler.

4. Herbert von Karajan (Austrian, 1908-1989)
ORCHESTRA: Berlin Philharmonic
WHAT TO KNOW: The long-tenured conductor of the world’s most famous orchestra is estimated to be the top-selling artist in classical music, with some 200 million record sales bearing his name.

5. Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Austrian, b. 1929)
ORCHESTRA: Vienna Symphony (as cellist), La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Vienna Philharmonic
WHAT TO KNOW: Among history’s more well-informed conductors, he was an acclaimed cellist and an early music pioneer before making his conducting debut in 1970.

The rest:
6. Simon Rattle (British, b 1955)
7. Wilhelm Furtwängler (German, 1896-1954)
8. Arturo Toscanini (Italian, 1867-1957)
9. Pierre Boulez (French, b. 1925)
10. Carlo Maria Giulini (Italian, 1914-2005)
11. John Eliot Gardiner (British, b. 1943)
12. John Barbirolli (British, 1899-1970)
13. Ferenc Fricsay (Hungarian, 1914-1963)
14. George Szell (Hungarian, 1897-1970)
15. Bernard Haitink (Dutch, b. 1929)
16. Pierre Monteux (French, 1875-1964)
17. Yevgeny Mravinsky (Russian, 1903-1988)
18. Colin Davis (British, b. 1927)
19. Thomas Beecham (British, 1879-1961)
20. Charles Mackerras (Australian, 1925-2010)


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