Christoph von Dohnányi

Biography

Born: September 8, 1929  
Christoph von Dohnányi gained renown as one of the world's most versatile conductors in the last decades of the twentieth century and beyond, earning particular distinction for his interpretations of Romantic music and that of the Second Viennese School. The grandson of the well-known Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960), Dohnányi studied the piano in his youth. Both his personal life and his musical education were disrupted by World Read more War II; his father and his uncle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, were executed by the Nazis for their complicity in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

After the war, Dohnányi studied law at the University of Munich and entered the Munich Musikhochschule in 1948, taking the institution's top prize in composition and conducting within a few years. He traveled to the United States to study music with his grandfather, who had emigrated to Florida in 1949 and was the composer-in-residence at Florida State University in Tallahassee. In a rite of passage for conductors of his generation, Dohnányi also made the pilgrimage to the Tanglewood Music Center to study conducting with Leonard Bernstein.

He returned to Germany and in 1952 assumed posts at the Frankfurt Opera, then under the leadership of Georg Solti. His career continued apace with posts as Generalmusikdirektor in Lübeck (1957-1963) and Kassel (1963-1969), chief conductor of the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra (1964-1969), director of the Frankfurt Opera (1968-1977), and Intendent and Principal Conductor of the Hamburg State Opera (1978-1984). Highlights of his career to that point include conducting the world premieres of two of Henze's operas, Der Junge Lord in 1965 and Die Bassariden in 1966. A full schedule of guest engagements included concerts with the great orchestras of Europe and operas at Covent Garden, La Scala, the Metropolitan in New York, and elsewhere.

In 1984 he assumed his most influential post, as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra. With that ensemble, Dohnányi produced a diverse, well-received body of recordings ranging from the music of Mozart and Schubert to that of Ives, Varése, and Lutoslawski. He further honed and maintained the orchestra's razor-sharp sense of ensemble and infused its overall sound with a distinctive warmth. He was succeeded as music director by Franz Welser-Möst in 2002.

In 1997 Dohnányi became principal conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. He has received numerous honors, including the commander's Cross of the Republic of Austria, Germany's Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit, and the Bartók Prize of Hungary. In 2004 Dohnányi became chief conductor of the NDR Symphony in Hamburg, Germany. Read less
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  • 101.
    Romantic Adagios
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466710 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gabriel Fauré,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Cristina Ortiz,  Marie Goossens,  Jascha Silberstein,  Carlos Bonell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Charles Dutoit,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Chorus,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    40 Famous Marches
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466241 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Hurford,  Simon Preston,  Carlo Curley
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Bernard Herrmann,  Roger Norrington,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 103.
    Mozart: Wind Concertos / Tuckwell, De Peyer, Maag, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466247 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Barry Tuckwell,  David McGill,  John Mack,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Maag,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  George Malcolm
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Bruckner: Symphonies No 3 & 8 / Dohnányi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466333 Release Date: 11/01/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 105.
    20/21 - Glass, Rorem, Bernstein / Kremer, Bernstein, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445185 Release Date: 10/12/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ned Rorem,  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Mendelssohn: The Symphonies Vol 1 / Dohnányi, Vienna Po
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 460236 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova,  Werner Krenn,  Josef Böch,  Sona Ghazarian  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 107.
    Mendelssohn: The Symphonies Vol 2 / Dohnányi, Vienna Po
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 460239 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Mahler: Symphony No 9;  Hartmann: Adagio / Dohnányi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458902 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karl Amadeus Hartmann,  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 109.
    Mozart: Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 460191 Release Date: 04/13/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Iona Brown,  Josef Suk,  András Schiff,  Antony Pay  ... 
    Conductor:  Iona Brown,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Peter Maag  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Vienna Wind Soloists,  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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  • 110.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 6;  Bach/Webern: Ricercare / Dohnányi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436153 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 111.
    Ives: Three Places In New England; Ruggles, Et Al / Dohnanyi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443776 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruth Crawford Seeger,  Carl Ruggles,  Charles Ives
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
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  • 112.
    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Etc / Dohnányi, Cleveland Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443176 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David McGill,  John Mack,  Franklin Cohen
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Webern: Orchestral Works / Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444593 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Webern,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, Etc / Mehta, Dohnányi, Silja
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 448279 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Anja Silja
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Szymanowski: Symphonies 2 & 3 Etc;  Lutoslawski / Dorati
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 448258 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Peter Jablonski,  Peter Pears,  Chantal Juillet,  Ryszard Karczykowski
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Paul Kletzki  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 116.
    Dvorák: Symphonies 7, 8 & 9, Etc / Dohnányi, Cleveland Orch
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 452182 Release Date: 06/10/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Strauss: Salome / Dohnanyi, Malfitano, Terfel, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444178 Release Date: 02/10/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Riegel,  Martin Gantner,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Ravel: La Valse, Boléro, Etc / Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 97439 Release Date: 02/07/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1;  Dohnányi / Earl Wild
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 06/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ernö von Dohnányi
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 120.
    Strauss: Famous Waltzes, Polkas, Marches, Overtures Vol 4
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550339 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Alfred Walter,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice State Philharmonic,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Classics For All Seasons - Summer
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80324 Release Date: 05/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
    Performer:  Yolanda Kondonassis,  Henryk Tritt
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Leonard Slatkin,  Erich Kunzel,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops  ... 
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  • 122.
    Glass: Violin Concerto;  Schnittke / Kremer, Dohnanyi
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437091 Release Date: 01/25/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass,  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Rainer Keuschnig
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Dvorak: Symphonies 7 & 8 / Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 430728 Release Date: 04/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Classics - Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80120 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Carol Vaness,  Janice Taylor,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Robert Lloyd
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
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  • 125.
    The Best Of Beethoven
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80240 Release Date: 06/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  Robert Lloyd,  Siegfried Jerusalem,  Janice Taylor  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Seiji Ozawa,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Chorus,  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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