Wolfgang Schneiderhan

Biography

Born: May 28, 1915; Vienna, Austria   Died: May 18, 2002; Vienna, Austria  
Austrian violinist and sometime conductor Wolfgang Schneiderhan (born 1915) is a highly versatile artist, just as much at home in the music of Hans Werner Henze as he is in Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, even if he is best known for his playing of the last-named group of composers. Never a major European star, he was nevertheless active in every aspect of Austria's music scene and was widely admired for the depth of his interpretive abilities. Read more He was married for 40 years to the legendary German soprano Irmgard Seefried.

Born in Vienna, Schneiderhan was taught violin by his mother from age 3 and gave his first concert at 5. In 1926 in Copenhagen he played Mendelssohn's violin concerto, and he subsequently toured Europe, hailed as a prodigy. But the fast-money life of a touring virtuoso demoralized the young violinist, and he turned his career in a new direction: with the help of a recommendation from an aristocratic patroness, he became, at 17, concertmaster of the new Vienna Symphony. Four years later he moved on to the same post with the Vienna Philharmonic, where he served under the great conductors Wilhelm Furtwängler and Hans Knappertsbusch. That year he also formed the Schneiderhan Quartett. In the 1940s he performed duo sonatas with Wilhelm Backhaus and other top-rank soloists, and he formed a trio with pianist Edwin Fischer and cellist Enrico Mainardi in 1948. He married Seefried that year and often performed with her as well.

Schneiderhan's solo career took off once again when he resigned his Philharmonic concertmaster post in 1949, at age 34. For many years he ruled the roost among Deutsche Grammophon's stable of violin soloists, At first he was identified with the core Viennese Classical repertoire, but he later became interested in contemporary music and explored the works of Henze, Stravinsky, and other composers. He co-founded the Lucerne Festival Strings in 1956 and also taught at the Lucerne Music Academy. In the 1970s Schneiderhan undertook yet another new career: after studying with Hans Swarowsky, he became active as a conductor. In 1975 he led a performance of Franz Schmidt's Notre Dame at the Vienna Volksoper. Much in demand as a teacher in his later years, Schneiderhan continued to live in Vienna. Read less
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  • 1.
    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Berlin Philharmonic - Centenary Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001923302 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Walter Berry,  Gundula Janowitz,  Hilde Rössl-Majdan  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Nikisch,  Alfred Hertz,  Richard Strauss,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein,  Swedish Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Hans Werner Henze: The Complete Deutsche Grammophon Recordings [16-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001873602 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Ursula Holliger,  Heinz Holliger,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Siegfried Palm  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Werner Henze,  Paul Sacher,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Richard Kraus  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Zurich Collegium Musicum  ... 
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    Ferdinand Leitner Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12019 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Monique Haas,  Deon Van der Walt,  Barbara Kilduff,  Edith Wiens  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg State Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Chamber Music / Paul Badura-Skoda and Friends
    Label: Genuin Musikproduction   Catalog: 11200 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Antonio Janigro,  Jean Fournier,  Boris Pergamenschikow  ... 
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0421 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Sergiu Celibidache
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    Edwin Fischer Plays Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann & Brahms
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 823104 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Edwin Fischer,  Enrico Mainardi,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
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    Mozart: Violin Concertos 3, 4 & 5  / Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449850 Release Date: 01/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Baroque Festival / Baumgartner, Festival Strings Lucerne
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449553 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Claude Starck
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings
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    Beethoven: Sonatas; Mozart / Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459014 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter,  Wilhelm Kempff,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
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    Knappertsbusch Conducts Bach, Handel, Haydn & Mozart
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 897 Release Date: 02/11/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord / Schneiderhan, Richter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439849 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Karl Richter,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
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  • 13.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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    Henze: Concerto For Violin, Etc / Henze, Schneiderhan, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2GC449-865 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Gary Karr,  Siegfried Palm,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Hans Werner Henze
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mozart Mind
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001206002 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Peter Schmidl,  David Garrett,  Itamar Golan
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  James Levine,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Piano Concertos (Complete)
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459403 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Géza Anda,  Pierre Fournier  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Eugen Jochum,  Ferenc Fricsay,  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Arien / Irmgard Seefried
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437677 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Richard Strauss,  Albert Lortzing,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Irmgard Seefried,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Marianne Schech,  Rita Streich  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Karl Böhm,  Christoph Stepp,  Jean Fournet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Hartmann: Symphonische Hymnen, Etc / Kubelik
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 718071 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann
    Performer:  Maria Bergmann,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Label: Octave, Les Productions   Catalog: 23326 Release Date: 03/22/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Marcelle Meyer,  Andrés Segovia,  Gerald Moore  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Eduard Van Beinum,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Wilhelm Furtwängler  ... 
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  • 20.
    Mozart: Violin Concerto K 219 / Grumiaux, Morini, Milstein, Schneiderhan
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 713062 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux,  Erica Morini,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Bernhard Paumgartner,  George Szell,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozart Orchestra,  ORTF National Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart, Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Leitner
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4062 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Koeckert,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms: Violin Sonatas / Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Carl Seemann
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463653 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Carl Seemann
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  • 23.
    Weekend Classics - A Violin Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000583602 Release Date: 02/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz,  Jean-Claude Ambrosini,  Christian Ferras  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Okko Kamu,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas / Schneiderhan, Seemann
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000459902 Release Date: 08/09/2005   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Carl Seemann,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
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  • 25.
    Wolfgang Schneiderhan Performs Bach, Brahms, Saint-saëns
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2020 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Zdenék Fibich
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Otto Schulhof
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon State Orchestra
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