Great Conductors of the 20th Century

Great Conductors of the 20th Century


Great Conductors of the 20th Century was a 2CD series from IMG Artists and EMI featuring famous conductors of the 20th century. As per the norm, the website for this series has disappeared [really record companies, it costs next to nothing to keep these sites up], so here is all the information [and more] that was included for this great series. There is a copy at of the EMI site that still mostly works.

Great Conductors of the Twentieth Century is a totally new series concentrating on 60* of the most influential conductors of the last century. GC introduces commercial recordings, many of which have not been issued since LP or 78s. GC brings together recordings from Decca, Philips, DG, Sony, RCA Supraphon as well as EMI. GC introduces for the first time on record, many live performances from Deutschland Radio, Danish Radio, Bavarian Radio, Canadian Broadcasting, NHK Japan, NDR Hamburg, Sudwestrundfur, Czech Radio, etc.

[*] The series was cancelled after 40 releases.

Peter Gutmann at Classical Notes wrote a great review of the entire series, well worth checking out:

The Conductors:

Karel Ancerl
Ernest Ansermet
Ataulfo Argenta
Sir John Barbirolli
Sir Thomas Beecham
Karl Bohm
Sir Adrian Boult
Fritz Busch
Sergiu Celibidache
Andre Cluytens
Albert Coates
Ferenc Fricsay
Wilhelm Furtwangler
Carlo Maria Giulini
Nikolai Golovanov
Herbert von Karajan
Rudolf Kempe
Erich Kleiber
Otto Klemperer
Paul Kletski
Sergei Koussevitzky
Rafael Kubelik
Nikolai Malko
Igor Markevitch
Dimitri Mitropoulos
Pierre Monteux
Evgeny Mravinsky
Charles Munch
Eugene Ormandy
Fritz Reiner
Artur Rodzinski
Hermann Scherchen
Carl Schuricht
Leopold Stokowski
George Szell
Vaclav Talich
Arturo Toscanini
Eduard van Beinum
Bruno Walter
Felix Weingartner



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