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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  • 26.
    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Thomas Zehetmair: The Teldec Recordings
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 81031 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Michael Haydn,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Tabea Zimmermann,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Clemens Hagen  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Zehetmair,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  German Chamber Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 28.
    Mendelssohn: Complete Symphonies / Dohnanyi, Vienna Philharmonic [4-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001480002 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Josef Böch,  Edita Gruberova,  Sona Ghazarian,  Horst Laubenthal  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein
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  • 29.
    Henze: Der Junge Lord / Dohnányi, Mathis, Otto, Hoppe
    Label: Dg 20th Century Classics   Catalog: 445248 Release Date: 07/15/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Ivan Sardi,  Manfred Röhrl,  Fritz Hoppe,  Helmut Krebs  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Stravinsky: Firebird;  Bartok: 2 Portraits / Dohnanyi
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 425018 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Stravinsky: Petrouchka; Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin / Dohnanyi
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 425026 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Wiener Philharmoniker Performs Haydn
    Label: Wiener Philharmoniker (Label)   Catalog: 2009 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Spoken Word
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Zubin Mehta,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt  ... 
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  • 33.
    Pomp & Circumstance - Magnificent Marches
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 411954 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Giacomo Meyerbeer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Richard Bonynge,  Walter Weller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Mendelssohn: The Five Symphonies / Dohnanyi, Vienna Phil
    Label: London/Decca Jubilee   Catalog: 421769 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 5 & 3 / Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 169 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Strauss: Elektra / Johansson, Lipovsek, Diener, Dohnanyi  [blu-ray]
    Label: Tdk   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Reinhard Mayr,  Rudolf Schasching,  Marjana Lipovsek,  Eva Johansson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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  • 37.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 7 / Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430841 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Wagner: Das Rheingold / Dohnanyi, Hale, Schwarz, Gustafson
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443690 Release Date: 10/09/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Iidiko Komlósi,  Gabriele Fontana,  Walter Fink,  Jan-Hendrik Rootering  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 39.
    The Best Of Joshua Bell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001337202 Release Date: 09/22/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gabriel Fauré,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Olli Mustonen,  Jacques Thibaud,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Classical Prep School - Essential Music
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80749 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Richard Wagner,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  James Van Demark,  Rudolf Serkin,  Michael Chertock  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Bishop,  Yoel Levi,  Erich Kunzel,  Lorin Maazel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Cincinnati Pops,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Benackova, Protschka, Dohnanyi
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100075 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Lynton Atkinson,  Gabriela Benacková,  Hans Tschammer,  Josef Protschka  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Magee, Dohnanyi [blu-ray]
    Label: Tdk   Catalog: 9 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Elena Mosuc,  Ruben Drole,  Andrew Ashwin,  Michelle Breedt  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Everybody's  Beethoven / Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80756 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel: Piano Concertos / Casadesus, Jochum, Dohnanyi, Et Al
    Label: Medici Masters   Catalog: 32-2 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Robert Casadesus
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Georg Ludwig Jochum,  Hermann Scherchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Smetana: Moldau, Overtures / Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 444867 Release Date: 04/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Ultimate Classical Dreams - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280302 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Marisa Robles,  Jack Brymer,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  David Zinman,  Frederick Fennell,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Beethoven: String Quartet No 11; Mendelssohn / Dohnanyi, Mehta
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4800813 Release Date: 04/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 3; Bartók, Strauss / Dohnanyi
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072208 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Béla Bartók,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Rudolf Buchbinder
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche, Ein Heldenleben / Christoph Von Dohnányi, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 148 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Anthology Of The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 8005 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Carl Nielsen,  Luigi Dallapiccola,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Dorothy Dorow,  George Pieterson,  Werner Herbers,  Theo Olof  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Lucas Vis,  Eugen Jochum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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