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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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition, A Night On The Bare Mountain / Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 516509 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Dvorak: Piano Concerto; Schumann: Introduction And Allegro
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417802 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Brahms: Symphony No 2 & 4 / Christoph Von Dohnanyi, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 132 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Henze: Der junge Lord / Mathis, Grobe, Dohnányi
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072398 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Donald Grobe,  Edith Mathis,  Barry McDaniel,  Manfred Röhrl  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Schöneberg Boys Choir
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  • 56.
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Etc / Dohnányi, Cleveland
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430201 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Hector Berlioz
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Mahler: Symphony No 5 /  Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425438 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 9 / Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425405 Release Date: 10/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4, 1812 Overture / Dohnányi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425792 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 5 / Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 433318 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Mahler: Symphony No 1 / Dohnányi, Cleveland Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425718 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 62.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 3 & 6, Choral Fantasy, Leonore Overture No 3
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80730 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Rudolf Serkin
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Beethoven: Symphonies No 4, 8 & 9
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80731 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Berg: Wozzeck;  Schoenberg: Erwartung / Dohnanyi, Silja
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417348 Release Date: 07/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Eberhard Wächter,  Hermann Winkler,  Alexander Malta,  Gertrude Jahn  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 65.
    40 Most Beautiful Love Themes - Vivaldi, Mozart, Debussy, Etc / Mehta, Ristenpart, Haitink, Scimone, Masur, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 511598 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Alessandro Marcello,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Cyprien Katsaris,  Alessio Bax,  Chloë Hanslip  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Armin Jordan,  Paul Mann,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Chamber Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Basel Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Upshaw, Dohnányi, Cleveland Orch
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440315 Release Date: 06/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Daniel Majeske,  Dawn Upshaw
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Beethoven: Fidelio / Dohnányi, Schnaut, Protschka
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436627 Release Date: 05/15/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Kurt Rydl,  Ruth Ziesak,  Uwe Heilmann,  Hartmut Welker  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 68.
    Berg: Lulu / Dohnanyi, Silja, Fassbaender, Berry, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430415 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Anja Silja,  Kurt Moll,  Alfred Szramek  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Etc. / Dohnányi, Cleveland
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443175 Release Date: 05/13/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lisa Bellbaum,  Joshua Smith,  Robert Vernon,  Daniel Majeske
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer / Dohnányi, Behrens, Hale
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436418 Release Date: 04/07/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Kurt Rydl,  Uwe Heilmann,  Iris Vermillion,  Josef Protschka  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 71.
    Ives: Symphony No. 4, Etc;  Varèse / Dohnányi, Cleveland
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443172 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Edgard Varèse
    Performer:  Michael Sachs
    Conductor:  Jahja Ling,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra Chorus,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos / Magee, Dohnányi
    Label: Tdk   Catalog: OPAAN Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Irène Friedli,  Eva Liebau,  Martin Zysset,  Alexander Pereira  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Dvorak: Symphony No 6; Janacek: Taras Bulba / Dohnanyi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430204 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Antonín Dvorák
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Mahler: Symphony No 6;  Schoenberg, Webern / Dohnanyi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436240 Release Date: 01/07/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Anton Webern,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Till Eulenspielgel / Dohnányi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436444 Release Date: 09/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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