I’ve been thinking about the conductors who made a difference to my life – not on record, but in live performance, the ones who taught me to live in the moment, and transcend it.
These are the maestros who came to mind.
1 Otto Klemperer
2 Carlos Kleiber
3 Klaus Tennstedt
4 Rafael Kubelik
5 Leonard Bernstein
6 Georg Solti
7 Riccardo Muti
8 Riccardo Chailly
9 Mariss Jansons
10 Neville Marriner
The omissions? Karajan, Böhm, Ormandy, Maazel, Mehta produced off-the-shelf performances.
Gergiev in the early 1990s delivered some of the most exciting concerts imaginable, only to compromise his work with skipped rehearsals and dark political connections.
The list remains open. I hope to add more with the passage of time.
Kirill P and Mirga G could be contenders.