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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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    Mozart: Symphonies 35-41;  Webern: Orchesterwerke / Dohnanyi
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 436421 Release Date: 09/17/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Webern
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Bruckner: Symphony No 4 / Dohnanyi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 2LH430-099 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Brahms: Symphonies, Overtures & Violin Concerto / Dohnanyi, Lindemann, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64159 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Thomas Zehetmair
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 81.
    The Many Musics Of Gidon Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000838902 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Yuri Bashmet,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gidon Kremer,  Heinrich Schiff,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Kremerata Baltica,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen  ... 
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  • 82.
    Schumann: Concertos, Konzertstucke For 4 Horns, Introduction & Allegro Appassionato / Harrell, Haebler, Bell
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4428410 Release Date: 01/15/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Ingrid Haebler,  Lynn Harrell,  Thomas Howell,  Dale Clevenger  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Daniel Barenboim,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 83.
    Strauss: Elektra / Johansson, Lipovsek, Diener, Dohnányi
    Label: Tdk   Catalog: OPELEK Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Eva Johansson,  Melanie Diener,  Marjana Lipovsek,  Rudolf Schasching  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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  • 84.
    Masters Of The Oboe
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000661002 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Igor Stravinsky,  Francis Poulenc,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice Bourgue,  Heinz Holliger,  Hans Elhorst,  Ralph Gomberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Herbert von Karajan,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Chamber Players,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.  ... 
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  • 85.
    The Essential Joshua Bell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000518502 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Gabriel Fauré,  Edwin Grasse,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet,  Samuel Sanders,  Paul Coker
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  David Zinman,  Charles Dutoit,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Takács String Quartet,  Royal Philarmonic Orquestra,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 86.
    The Joshua Bell Edition Vol 3 - Brahms, Etc: Violin Ctos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000420402 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Henri Wieniawski,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Stravinsky: Pétrouchka; Bartók: Miraculous Mandarin / Dohnányi, Vienna
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4762686 Release Date: 10/18/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 88.
    Stravinsky: The Firebird; Bartók: Two Portraits / Dohnányi, Vienna
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4762700 Release Date: 10/18/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Béla Bartók
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 89.
    The Romantic Violin / Joshua Bell
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000278302 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Edouard Lalo,  Jules Massenet,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Joshua Bell,  Paul Coker,  Jean-Yves Thibaudet
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Andrew Litton,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Christoph von Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 90.
    Henze: Die Bassariden / Dohnányi, Paskalis, Lagger, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 605032 Release Date: 05/25/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
    Performer:  Ingeborg Hallstein,  Kostas Paskalis,  Peter Lagger,  Helmut Melchert  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 91.
    Dvorak - Greatest Hits
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000233902 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  István Hajdu,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Malcolm Martineau,  Angela Gheorghiu
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 92.
    The British Music Collection - Birtwistle: Tragoedia, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 468804 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Harrison Birtwistle
    Performer:  Christine Whittlesey,  Paul Patrick,  Håkan Hardenberger,  Paul Clarvis  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Elgar Howarth,  Sir Colin Davis,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain,  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Schumann: Piano Concerto, Cello Concerto
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 467455 Release Date: 03/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Jorge Bolet,  Lynn Harrell,  András Schiff
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 6, Etc / Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80145 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Classics - Beethoven: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Dohnanyi, Cleveland
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80187 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 96.
    Classics - Beethoven: Symphonies 4 & 8 / Dohnanyi, Cleveland
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80198 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 97.
    Classics - Beethoven: Symphonies No 5 & 7 / Dohnányi, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80163 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Classics - Beethoven: Symphony No 3 / Dohnányi, Cleveland
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80090 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 99.
    The #1 Adagios Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000082402 Release Date: 08/12/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Maurice Ravel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alessandro Marcello  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Teresa Garatti,  Irena Grafenauer,  Maria Graf,  Heinz Holliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Sir Neville Marriner,  James Judd,  Seiji Ozawa  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 100.
    Simply The Best - Classical Passion - Music For Lovers
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49754 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Alexander Borodin,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris,  Tasmin Little,  Elisabeth Leonskaja,  Dieter Klöcker  ... 
    Conductor:  Eliahu Inbal,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Leopold Hager,  Thomas Zehetmair  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Brodsky String Quartet,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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