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.
    Violin Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467675 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Max Bruch,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Alan Loveday,  Maurice Hasson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 102.
    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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  • 103.
    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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  • 104.
    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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  • 105.
    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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  • 106.
    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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  • 107.
    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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  • 108.
    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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  • 109.
    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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  • 110.
    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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  • 111.
    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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  • 112.
    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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  • 113.
    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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  • 114.
    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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  • 115.
    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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  • 116.
    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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  • 117.
    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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  • 118.
    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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  • 119.
    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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  • 120.
    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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  • 121.
    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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  • 122.
    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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  • 123.
    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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  • 124.
    Baby Dance - A Toddler's Jump On The Classics
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 96887 Release Date: 09/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Ton Koopman,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Jean-François Heisser,  Pierre Pierlot  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Alexander Lazarev,  Theodor Guschlbauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 125.
    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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