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They are among the most admired and feared figures in classical music. Here are 16 of the most talented, revolutionary and formidable classical legends of all time - the great conductors. On Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music, Sunday 13 July at 9pm, Catherine Bott asks 'What does a conductor actually do?"
A brilliant and controversial figure, Gergiev is the present principal conductor of the LSO. Reportedly a good friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gergiev has denied that he and Putin are each other's children's godfathers. He is seen here conducting at the close of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
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