Greatest conductors and orchestras

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Conductors

  1. Wilhelm Furtwangler (Germany, 1886)
  2. Herbert von Karajan (Austria, 1908)
  3. Pierre Boulez (France, 1925)
  4. Willem Mengelberg (Holland, 1871)
  5. Leonard Bernstein (USA, 1918)
  6. Yuri Temirkanov (Russia, 1938)
  7. Charles Dutoit (Switzerland, 1936)
  8. Zubin Mehta (India, 1936)
  9. Seiji Ozawa (Japan, 1935)
  10. Arturo Toscanini (Italy, 1867)
  11. Otto Klemperer (Germany, 1885)
  12. Yevgeni Mravinsky (Russia, 1903)
  13. Bruno Walter (Germany, 1876)
  14. Karl Bohm (Austria, 1894)
  15. Christian Thielemann (Germany, 1959)
  16. Rafael Kubelik (Czech, 1914)
  17. Bernard Haitink (Holland, 1929)
  18. Daniel Barenboim (Argentina, 1942)
  19. CarloMaria Giulini (Italy, 1914)
  20. Georg Solti (Hungary, 1912)
  21. Valery Gergiev (Russia, 1953)
  22. John Gardiner (Britain, 1943)
  23. Carlos Kleiber (Austria, 1930)
  24. Antal Dorati (Hungary, 1906)
  25. Esa-Pekka Salonen (Finland, 1958)
  26. Eugene Ormandy (Hungary, 1899)
  27. Vladimir Ashkenazy (Russia, 1937)
  28. Mariss Jansons (Latvia, 1943)
  29. Masaaki Suzuki (Japan, 1954)
  30. Riccardo Muti (Italy, 1941)
  31. Mikhail Pletnev (Russia, 1957)
  32. Neville Marriner (Britain, 1924)
  33. Claudio Abbado (Italy, 1933)
  34. Kirill Kondrashin (Russia, 1914)
  35. Gyorgy Szell (Hungary, 1897)
  36. Neeme Jarvi (Estonia, 1937)
  37. Evgeny Svetlanov (Russia, 1928)
  38. Leopold Stokowski (Britain, 1882)
  39. Lorin Maazel (USA, 1930)
  40. Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Austria, 1929)
  41. Fritz Reiner (Hungary, 1888)
  42. Colin Davis (Britain, 1927)
  43. Andre Previn (USA, 1929)
  44. Michael Tilson Thomas (USA, 1944)
  45. Charles Mackerras (Australia, 1925)
  46. Simon Rattle (Britain, 1955)
  47. Serge Koussevitsky (Russia, 1874)
  48. Wolfgang Sawallisch (Germany, 1923)
  49. Dmitri Mitropoulos (USA, 1896)
  50. Ernest Ansermet (Switzerland, 1883)
  51. Waelser Moest (Austria, 1960)
  52. Vasily Petrenko (Russia, 1976)
  53. Alexander Melnikov (Russia, 1973)
  54. Andris Nelsons (Latvia, 1978)

Orchestras

  1. Wiener Philharmoniker
  2. Berliner Philharmoniker
  3. Concertgebouw
  4. London Symphony Orchestra
  5. Boston Symphony Orchestra
  6. New York Philharmonic
  7. Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  8. St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  9. Orchestre de Paris
  10. Staatskapelle Dresden
  11. Bavarian Radio Symphony
  12. BBC Symphony Orchestra
  13. Cleveland Orchestra
  14. Ceska Filharmonie
  15. Los Angeles Philharmonic
  16. Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  17. Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  18. London Philharmonic Orchestre
  19. Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestre
  20. Munchener Philharmoniker
  21. Orchestre National de France
  22. Philadelphia Orchestra
  23. Philharmonia
  24. San Francisco Symphony
  25. State Symphonique Orchestra of Russia