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.
    Masters Of The Bow - Cello / Rostropovich, Casals, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000020902 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Gabriel Fauré,  Scott Joplin,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice Gendron,  Jean Françaix,  Bruno Canino,  Lynn Harrell  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian,  Nicholas Cleobury,  Riccardo Chailly,  Willem van Otterloo  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    Strauss: Salome / Dohnányi, Malfitano, Terfel, Silja
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 074105 Release Date: 05/13/2003  
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anja Silja,  Kenneth Riegel,  Robert Gambill  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Brahms: Violin Concerto; Schumann: Fantasy Op. 131 / Zehetmair
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 7495922 Release Date: 02/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Romantic Adagios Ii
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 473596 Release Date: 01/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edvard Grieg,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Lynn Harrell,  Jorge Bolet,  Jeffrey Khaner  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Riccardo Chailly,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 105.
    20/21 - Schnittke: Concerti Grossi 1 & 5 / Kremer, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471626 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Schnittke
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Yuri Smirnov,  Rainer Keuschnig,  Tatiana Grindenko
    Conductor:  Gidon Kremer,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Heinrich Schiff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Mendelssohn: Symphonies / Dohnányi, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448514 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    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
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  • 107.
    Classics - Schubert: Symphony No 8 & 9 / Dohnányi, Cleveland
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80608 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Classics - Busoni: Piano Concerto / Ohlsson, Dohnányi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80207 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Men's Chorus
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  • 109.
    Classics - Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3, Etc / Dohnányi
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80184 Release Date: 05/28/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christine Cairns,  Jon Garrison,  Tom Krause,  Jeffrey Wells
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
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  • 110.
    Classics - Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Etc / Dohnanyi, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80130 Release Date: 04/23/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 111.
    The Ultimate Relaxation Album Ii
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470329 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Samuel Barber,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury,  Franklin Cohen,  Renata Tebaldi,  Arthur Grumiaux  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  David Zinman,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 112.
    Life And Works - Beethoven / Siepmann, Peck, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558024-27 Release Date: 07/17/2001   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  János Keveházi,  Jenö Keveházi,  Gyözö Máthé  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Barry Wordsworth,  Johannes Wildner,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Capella Istropolitana,  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 113.
    Violin Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467675 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori,  Akiko Suwanai,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Mauceri,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 114.
    Essential Mozart - 32 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468517 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Margaret Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Sir Georg Solti,  Willi Boskovsky,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winchester College Chapel Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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  • 115.
    Ives: Symphonies, Orchestral Sets / Dohnányi, Marriner, Etc
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 466745 Release Date: 03/13/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Ives
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 116.
    Strauss Famous Scenes / Nilsson, Rysanek, Price, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Grand Opera Series   Catalog: 458250 Release Date: 02/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Heinz Holecek,  Régine Crespin,  Elisabeth Söderström,  Hilde Gueden  ... 
    Conductor:  Silvio Varviso,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Böhm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 117.
    The Best Of Tchaikovsky / Mackerras, Zinman, Slatkin, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80539 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Horacio Gutierrez
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  Erich Kunzel,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 118.
    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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  • 119.
    The Greatest Mozart Show On Earth
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466494 Release Date: 04/03/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Bryn Terfel,  András Schiff,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Willi Boskovsky,  Sir Georg Solti,  George Guest  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    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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  • 122.
    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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  • 123.
    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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  • 124.
    Beethoven, Brahms: Quartets / Dohnanyi, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452050 Release Date: 05/25/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 125.
    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:  Horst Laubenthal,  Margarita Lilowa,  Tom Krause,  Alfred Sramek  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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