Greatest Classical Conductors of Recording Era

by VertigoOne | created - 22 Feb 2016 | updated - 22 Feb 2016 | Public

1. Otto Klemperer

Soundtrack | The Darjeeling Limited

Otto Klemperer was born on May 14, 1885 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany as Otto Nossan Klemperer. He was married to Johanna Klemperer. He died on July 6, 1973 in Zurich, Switzerland.

2. Arturo Toscanini

Soundtrack | Awham Alhoub

Arturo Toscanini was the most celebrated conductor of his time, considered by many to be the greatest conductor of the twentieth century. He revolutionized musical interpretation by frequently insisting that his orchestras play the music exactly as written, a highly unusual practice in the ...

3. Leonard Bernstein

Soundtrack | New York Philharmonic Young People's Concerts

Renowned composer ("West Side Story", "Candide", "On The Town"), conductor, arranger, pianist, educator, author, TV/radio host, educated at the Boston Latin School and Harvard University (BA) with Walter Piston. Edward Burlingame Hill and A. Tillman Merritt. He studied piano with Helen Coates, ...

4. Bruno Walter

Soundtrack | Mr. Klein

Bruno Walter was born on September 15, 1876 in Berlin, Germany as Bruno Walter Schlesinger. He was married to Elsa Korneck. He died on February 17, 1962 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

5. Wilhelm Furtwängler

Soundtrack | Molokh

Wilhelm Furtwängler was born on January 25, 1886 in Berlin, Germany as Gustav Heinrich Ernst Martin Wilhelm Furtwängler. He was married to Elisabeth Ackermann and Zitla Lund. He died on November 30, 1954 in Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany.

6. Ferenc Fricsay

Soundtrack | Nuit de chien

Ferenc Fricsay was born on August 9, 1914 in Budapest, Hungary as Ferenc Karl Fricsay. He is known for his work on This Night (2008), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau: Autumn Journey (1995) and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (1956). He was married to Silvia. He died on February 20, 1963 in Basel, ...

7. Carlos Kleiber

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Carlos Kleiber was born on July 3, 1930 in Berlin, Germany as Karl Ludwig Bonifacius Kleiber. He was married to Stanka Brezovar. He died on July 13, 2004 in Konjusica, Slovenia.

8. Georg Solti

Soundtrack | Birth

Sir Georg Solti was a renowned orchestra and opera conductor, best known as the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, who set a since-surpassed record by winning 31 Grammy Awards. He was born György Stern in Budapest, Hungary (his Germanic last named was changed under the country's ...

9. George Szell

Soundtrack | Le mirage

George Szell was born on June 7, 1897 in Budapest, Hungary as György Széll. He was married to Helena Schultz Teltsch and Olga Band. He died on July 30, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

10. Herbert von Karajan

Soundtrack | Captain America: The First Avenger

It is an unfortunate aspect of the present day that there are those who cannot necessarily see and appreciate pure greatness when it stares them in the face. The excuse usually given is that some people could not forgive, let alone understand, why he joined the Nazi Party. However, Karajan never ...

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