30 Greatest & Famous Classical Orchestra Conductors
CONDUCTING is the art of directing a musical performance by way of visible gestures. The primary duties of the conductor are to unify performers, set the tempo, execute clear preparations and beats, and to listen critically and shape the sound of the ensemble.
Conductors act as guides to the orchestras and/or choirs they conduct. They choose the works to be performed and study their scores to which they may make certain adjustments, work out their interpretation, and relay their ideas to the performers. They may also attend to such organizational matters such as scheduling rehearsals. Orchestras, choirs, concert bands and other sizable musical ensembles are usually led by conductors.
Classical Orchestra Conductor Resources
- 50 greatest conductors of all time - "A great conductor illuminates music you thought you knew in a way that you couldn't possibly have imagined. Here are 50 of the best, mostly drawn from the Gramophone Hall of Fame, and there are many more besides - so keep exploring!"
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- CONDUCTING - Wikipedia.
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- In Praise of Bernstein as Conductor: Movement That Mesmerized - "To his fans, especially the baby boomers who were the target audience for his Young People’s Concerts, his theatrical podium persona was thrilling."
- List of principal conductors by orchestra - Wikipedia.
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- What Gustavo Dudamel’s Recordings Reveal About His Conducting - "The discography of the New York Philharmonic’s future music director suggests that he is an often agreeable maestro with a lot of work still to do."
Top 30 Greatest Classical Orchestra Conductors
- ANDRÉ PREVIN - conducting Symphony No.2, Movement 3, (1/3) - by Rachmaninov.
- Anton Seidl - (1850-1898).
- Arthur Nikisch - (1855-1922).
- Arturo Toscanini - conducting Symphony No. 5, 1st movement - by Ludwig van Beethoven.
- BENJAMIN BRITTEN - conducting On a Poet's Lips I Slept - music by Britten, words by Shelley.
- BRUNO WALTER - conducting Symphony No. 2 in D, Opus 73, 4th movement - by Brahms.
- CARL SCHURICHT - conducting symphony no. 3, Rheinische part 1 - by Schumann.
- CARLOS KLEIBER - conducting the Rosenkavalier Overture - by Richard Strauss.
- Clemens Krauss - conducting An der schÖnen blauen Donau, Op 314. - by Johann Strauss II.
- DANIEL BARENBOIM - conducting Symphony No. 4, 1st movement (1st half) - by Tchaikovsky.
- ERNEST ANSERMET - conducting Symphony No. 3, Movement 4 - by Brahms.
- ERICH KLEIBER - conducting Blue Danube - by Johann Strauss II.
- FABIO LUISI - conducting Symphony No. 6 Movement 1 (1/2) - by Tchaikovsky.
- Fritz Busch - conducting Don Giovanni K. 527 - by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- GEORG SOLTI - conducting Tannhauser Overture 1/2 - by Richard Wagner.
- George Szell - conducting WalkÜrenritt (Ride of the Valkyries) - by Richard Wagner.
- GUSTAVO DUDAMEL - conducting MAMBO - by Leonard Bernstein.
- Hans Knappertsbusch - conducting 9th Symphony, finale - by Beethoven.
- Hans Richter - (1843-1916).
- Hans von BÜlow - (1830-1894).
- HERBERT BLOMSTEDT - conducting 9th Symphony, 1/6 - by Anton Bruckner.
- HERBERT VON KARAJAN - conducting 9th Symphony - by Ludwig van Beethoven.
- Igor Markevitch - (1912-1983).
- IGOR STRAVINSKY - conducting LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS: THE RITE OF SPRING, PART 1.
- KARL BÖHM - rehearsing 7th symphony, 1st movement - by Ludwig van Beethoven.
- Karl Elmendorff - conducting Tristan und Isolde - by Richard Wagner.
- LEONARD BERNSTEIN - conducting Symphony no 6 in F major, Opus 68 - by Ludwig van Beethoven.
- LEOPOLD STOKOWSKI - conducting Clair de Lune - by Claude Debussy.
- LORIN MAAZEL - conducting 5th Symphony, 4. Adagietto - by Gustav Mahler.
- MYUNG-WHUN CHUNG - conducting Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, opus 67 - by Ludwig van Beethoven.
- Nikolaus Harnoncourt - conducting Requiem: I. Introitus: Requiem Aeternam - by W.A. Mozart.
- OTTO KLEMPERER - conducting Beethoven's 8th Symphony, 1st Movement (Part 2).
- SERGEI PROKOFIEV - conducting Symphony no. 1 'Classical' (1) - by Prokofiev.
- SERGIU CELIBIDACHE - conducting Bolero - by Ravel.
- SIMON RATTLE - conducting Berliner Philharmoniker - Mahler Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection'
- Thomas Beecham - (1879-1961). English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras.
- WILHELM FURTWÄNGLER - conducting Symphony no. 1, 5/6 - by Brahms.
- Willem Mengelberg - (1871-1951). Dutch conductor, famous for his performances of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler and Strauss with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest symphonic conductors of the 20th century.