An Audiophilia Top Ten. Number 13 in the series. (The Greatest Conductors - living)

by admin on March 31, 2011 · 5 comments

in Audiophilia Top Tens

BBC Music Magazine’s most recent issue has a list of the world’s greatest conductors. A Top 20. Of course, the list will be contentious, and many will conside inclusions on both ours and the BBC Music Magazine’s list wrong. The BBC omits Bruno Walter, certainly in my Top 5, and includes the likes of Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Charlie Mackerras, very fine musicians both but hardly worthy of sidling up to Furtwangler and the ommitted Willem Mengelberg! There’s that contention. Oh well, I’d love to read your lists. Have at it in the comments.

So, here goes for our Top Ten Series No. 13. No. 12 in the series (Greatest Conductors - deceased) is here. Lots of good conductors out there, but for this list, I chose not to add Honourable Mentions.

1. Claudio Abbado
2. Riccardo Muti
3. Bernard Haitink
4. Sir Colin Davis
5. Nikolaus Harnoncourt
6. Sir Simon Rattle
7. Daniel Barenboim
8. Valery Gergiev
9. Mariss Jansons
10. Pierre Boulez

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

admin 03.31.11 at 12:36 pm

Younger conductors I admire that have the nads if not the years and lineage yet include Esa Pekka Salonen, Thomas Dausgaard, Gustavo Dudamel, David Robertson…

Will 04.01.11 at 8:53 am

Paavo Jarvi would make my list of other somewhat younger conductors

admin 04.01.11 at 9:54 am

I’ve seen him do some good things and he’s certainly IMO better than his father, one of the most unmusical and overrated conductors around.

veeckasinwreck 04.25.11 at 1:45 pm

I’ve played under both Jarvis and much prefer the father, who to my mind is among the most underrated conductors. I would certainly rank him far ahead of Boulez. I would put Salonen on this list as well. Barenboim belongs on this list as well as the “Ten Worst Conductors” list depending on his mood, the repertoire, and the phase
of the moon.

admin 04.25.11 at 1:50 pm

Thx for the comment and the personal insight, Max.
Love Salonen, too. He’s doing great things with the Philharmonia. As for Barenboim, you’re not the first I’ve heard this from.
Cheers, a

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