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.
    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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  • 77.
    Ultimate Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Elgar Howarth,  Philip Jones,  Nigel Kennedy,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    The Joshua Bell Edition Vol 3 - Brahms, Schumann: Violin Concertos
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    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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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    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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  • 98.
    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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  • 99.
    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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  • 100.
    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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