I think that in the wake of the Gramophone orchestras list, we should do our own right here, in a more egalitarian way. I propose: let's rank the world's ten greatest living conductors.
Please send your nominations to the comments box. Once we have ten reasonably convincing nominations, we will have one of those polls that blogger.com usefully makes available in the sidebar and everyone can vote. Please note that this will be a poll solely about these maestri's musical abilities and will leave their politics (personal and global) aside.
To start the ball rolling, may I propose:
Over to you...
UPDATE, MONDAY 12.20PM: NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! PLEASE GO TO THE SIDEBAR POLL TO PLACE YOUR VOTE. POLLING CLOSES JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER.