Christoph Eschenbach

Biography

Born: February 20, 1940  
Christoph Eschenbach overcame the most difficult of circumstances to become one of the finest pianists and conductors of the late twentieth century. He was orphaned at a young age: his mother died in childbirth and his father, the musicologist Heribert Ringmann, was killed in battle during World War II. His adoptive grandmother was then killed while trying to extract him and herself from the path of the Allied armies. Fortunately for the young Read more boy, his mother's cousin, Wallydore Eschenbach, tracked him down after the war and adopted him from the refugee camp that would likely have claimed his life. It is from her side of the family that he eventually took his better-known surname.

Eschenbach began studying piano at the age of eight, taught by his adoptive mother. She quickly realized his talents and enrolled him in the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik, where he studied both piano and conducting. As a boy he won First Prize in the 1952 Steinway Piano Competition, and in 1962 he took second prize in the Munich International competition; however, it was with his first prize at the Clara Haskil Competition in Montreux, France, in 1965, that he finally made his mark. This new notoriety led to a London concert debut in 1966, and a prestigious debut with the Cleveland Orchestra and George Szell in 1969. Szell was impressed with his musicianship and gave him lessons in conducting, starting a close relationship that lasted until Szell's death in 1970.

Eschenbach was soon essaying a wide repertory in concert tours throughout Europe and America. Notable in his programs were a large number of works from twentieth century composers, such as Bartók, Henze, Rihm, Reimann, Blacher, and Ruzicka; however, his performances of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert were considered revelatory.

Eschenbach made his conducting debut in 1972 with a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3, soon followed by Verdi's La Traviata at Darmstadt in 1978. In 1979 he was named general music director of the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic (through 1981). He was permanent guest conductor, then chief conductor of the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra (1971-1985).

In 1988 he began his most significant and productive association to date as music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until 1999. Although the orchestra was already established as one of America's finer major symphonies, Eschenbach improved its standards, heightened its international reputation, and broadened its repertory. He also formed the Houston Symphony Chamber Players from its ranks. Eschenbach conducted the Houston Symphony in recordings on the Koch International, Virgin, RCA Red Seal, Telarc, and Carlton labels. These included standard fare such as some highly regarded Brahms and Tchaikovsky recordings and all of the major Mozart wind concertos (with the orchestra's own soloists). He and the Houston Symphony also recorded Kurt Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City Mahagonny suite, Tobias Picker's Les Encantadoras, and the violin concertos of John Adams and Philip Glass.

From 1991 to 1998 he was co-artistic director of the Pacific Music Festival, along with Michael Tilson Thomas. In 1994 Eschenbach was appointed music director of the Ravinia Festival, the summer outdoor season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In the 1998-1999 season he became music director of the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra of Hamburg, and, concurrently, artistic director of its Schleswig-Holstein Festival. In 2003, he became music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Read less
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  • 76.
    American Adagios
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80503 Release Date: 08/05/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Christopher Rouse  ... 
    Performer:  Arietha Lockhart,  Robert McDuffie,  Carol Wincenc,  Paul Edmund-Davies
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Erich Kunzel,  Yoel Levi,  Christoph Eschenbach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Festival Singers,  Cincinnati Pops,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 77.
    The Nature Of America - A Musical Impression
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80474 Release Date: 09/23/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Neil Diamond,  Aaron Copland,  Alan Silvestri,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Reineke,  William Tritt,  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel,  Louis Lane,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 78.
    Rouse: Symphony No 2, Flute Concerto, Phaethon / Eschenbach
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80452 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Rouse
    Performer:  Carol Wincenc
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Schubert-berio, Schubert-joachim / Eschenbach Houston So
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7382 Release Date: 03/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Schoenberg: Pelleas Und Melisande;  Webern / Eschenbach
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7316 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Webern,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 81.
    Schnittke: Violin Concertos Nos 2 And 3, Etc / Gidon Kremer
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 94540 Release Date: 11/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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  • 82.
    Brahms - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64054 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Emanuel Ax,  Jaime Laredo,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  George Szell,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 83.
    Bach: Piano Concertos / Eschenbach, Frantz, Oppitz, Schmidt
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415655 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gerhard Oppitz,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Justus Frantz,  Helmut Schmidt
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 84.
    Bach, Brahms - Schoenberg Orchestrations / Eschenbach, Houston Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68658 Release Date: 03/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
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Biography

Born: February 20, 1940  
Christoph Eschenbach overcame the most difficult of circumstances to become one of the finest pianists and conductors of the late twentieth century. He was orphaned at a young age: his mother died in childbirth and his father, the musicologist Heribert Ringmann, was killed in battle during World War II. His adoptive grandmother was then killed while trying to extract him and herself from the path of the Allied armies. Fortunately for the young Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Introduction: Allegro vivace
Variation 1: Precedente
Theme: L'istesso tempo
Variation 2: L'istesso tempo
Variation 3: L'istesso tempo
Variation 4: Piu vivo
Variation 5: Tempo precedente
Variation 6: L'istesso tempo
Variation 7: Meno mosso, a tempo moderato
Variation 8: Tempo I
Variation 9: L'istesso tempo
Variation 10: Poco marcato
Variation 11: Moderato
Variation 12: Tempo di minuetto
Variation 13: Allegro
Variation 14: L'istesso tempo
Variation 15: Piu vivo scherzando
Variation 16. Allegretto
Variation 17: (Allegretto)
Variation 18: Andante cantabile
Variation 19: A tempo vivace
Variation 20: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 21: Un poco piu vivo
Variation 22: Un poco piu vivo (Alla breve)
Variation 23. L'istesso tempo
Variation 24: A tempo un poco meno mosso
Allegro
Adagio
Rondeau: Allegro, Allegretto, Tempo I
Allegro
Andante cantabile
Rondeau: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro
II. Scherzo (Turandot): Moderato - Lebhaft
III. Andantino
IV. Marsch
I. Massig bewegte Halbe
II. Langsam
III. Lebhaft
Part I: Massig schnell, mit Kraft - Sehr breit, aber stets fliessend
Part II: Lebhaft - Langsam - Im ersten Zeitmass
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 1. Allegro con brio
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 2. Largo
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1 In C Major, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro Scherzando)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 In G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Agnus Dei
I. Memento mori
II. Winter Sky
III. Hunter
I. Translucent, secret
II. On fire
III. Awakening
IV. Eclipse
V. Heart of Light
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
III. Allegro con fuoco
Theme: Moderato quasi andante
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7
I. Prologue
II. Somewhere
III. Scherzo
IV. Mambo
V. Cha-cha
VI. Meeting Scene
VII. Cool - VIII. Fugue
IX. Rumble
X. Finale
I. Allegro moderato - Cantabile - Poco meno scherzando
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro con brio
I. Maestoso
II. Adagio: sehr feierlich
III. Scherzo: Nicht schnell - Trio: Langsam
IV. Finale: Bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
I. Allegro animato
II. Andante
III. Molto allegro
I. Allegro moderato - Cantabile - Poco meno scherzando
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro con brio
I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo - Allegro moderato
II. Waltz: Moderato, tempo di valse
III. Elegie: Larghetto elegiaco
IV. Finale: Tema russo: Andante - Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto
IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Piu allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68: I. Un poco sostenuto - Allegro
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68: III. Un poco allegretto e grazioso
Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68: IV. Adagio - Allegro non troppo ma con brio
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a, 'St Antoni Chorale': Variation I: Poco piů animato
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a, 'St Antoni Chorale': Variation II: Piů vivace
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a, 'St Antoni Chorale': Variation III: Con moto
Variations on a Theme by Haydn Op. 56a, 'St Antoni Chorale': Variation IV: Andante con moto
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: II. Andante
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: III. Poco allegretto
Symphony No. 3 in F Op. 90: IV. Allegro - Un poco sostenuto
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: III. Allegro giocoso
Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato
I. Adagio - Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante moderato
V. Finale: Im Tempo des Scherzos -
V. Langsam - Misterioso
I. Moderato
II. Allegretto
III. Largo
IV. Allegro non troppo
I. Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima - Moderato assai, quasi andante - Allegro vivo
II. Andantino in modo di canzone
III. Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato - Allegro
IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
1. Allegro con brio
2. Largo
3. Rondo (Allegro Scherzando)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo (Vivace)
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: I. Allegro
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: II. Andantino
Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat K271: III. Presto
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: II. Allegretto
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F K459: III. Allegro assai - Cadenzas - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: I. Allegro - Cadenza - Tempo I
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: II. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A K488: III. Allegro assai