Gramophone magazine is inviting people to vote for their Hall of Fame – “men and women who have shaped music on record”. From their nomination lists (conductors, singers, keyboard players, ensembles etc) I voted for the maximum eight allowed:
- Nikolaus Harnoncourt – occasionally eccentric, frequently brilliant.
- Georg Solti – a great conductor of Wagner and Strauss opera.
- Carlos Kleiber – still my favourite conductor of Beethoven Symphonies 5 and 7.
- Trevor Pinnock – a wildcard I suppose, but I like his way with Baroque and Classical era music.
- The Lindsays – great players of Beethoven and Schubert string quartets, in particular.
- Martha Argerich – a super pianist in Schumann and Rachmaninov, amongst many others.
- Sviatoslav Richter – his playing in Rachmaninov Piano Concerto 2 is astounding.
- Plácido Domingo – a “safe” vote, certainly, but still a wonder tenor with an amazing range of roles.
This selection is to a great extent based upon my own CD library.