History's Greatest Conductors

BBC Music Magazine recently polled 100 of the world's leading conductors and asked them to vote for history's greatest conductors. The poll led to a ranking of the 20 greatest conductors of all time, and here's the final ranking as published in January 2017.
  1. Carlos Kleiber (1930-2004)
  2. Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
  3. Claudio Abbado (1933-2014)
  4. Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989)
  5. Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929-2016)
  6. Sir Simon Rattle (b. 1955)
  7. Wilhelm Furtwängler (1896-1954)
  8. Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957)
  9. Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)
  10. Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005)
  11. Sir John Eliot Gardiner (b. 1943)
  12. Sir John Barbirolli (1899-1970)
  13. Terenc Fricsay (1914-1963)
  14. George Szell (1897-1970)
  15. Bernard Haitink (b. 1929)
  16. Pierre Monteux (1875-1964)
  17. Yevgeny Mravinsky (1903-1988)
  18. Sir Colin Davis (1927-2013)
  19. Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961)
  20. Sir Charles Mackerras (1925-2010)
On September 1, 2018, Gramophone selected the 50 greatest conductors of all time. Here's Gramophone's verdict, with the conductors listed alphabetically.
And why are there no women on either list? The omission might be blamed on the historic lack of opportunity for women conductors, although it’s impossible to justify not making room for any women in this day and age. Here's my list of notable women composers (listed alphabetically), and I would welcome suggestions for more names to add to the list. (Send me a message via Twitter (@NMJim).
As a supplement to my list of women conductors I recommend the short video "Gender Gap on the Podium."