March 25, 1990 |
Dohnanyi leads a straight-on performance of what augurs to be Mahler's most recorded symphony. The Clevelanders render it with that lean, mean technical mastery that probably makes them unique among American orchestras. But Dohnanyi's structurally coherent reading imprint itself on the memory only in the central Scherzo and the buoyant contrapuntalism of the Rondo-Finale.
February 17, 2007 |
At 77, conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi is an elder statesman who knows what's necessary and what's superfluous in a performance. Music director of the Cleveland Orchestra for nearly two decades, he's fought all the battles many times, filtering out striking personal inflections and paring down interpretive extremes to focus on grand architectural structures.
February 24, 2007 |
There's more than one Brahms. One is the young composer, a musical firebrand and, on the evidence of contemporary portraits, a dashing dreamboat. Another is the better-known, formidable old man we see in the daguerreotypes: a sturdy, bearded, cigar-smoking classicist who wrote thick, heavy symphonies. Schoenberg thought Brahms a model for modernism, but he had to argue his case hard. By the early 20th century, Brahms already represented the past.
February 7, 2004 |
In 1984, Christoph von Dohnanyi became music director of an orchestra many felt was the finest in America. In 2002, he left the Cleveland Orchestra perhaps even finer than he found it. The intervening years were very good ones for Cleveland -- and for music in America. Dohnanyi not only proved a model caretaker of a great orchestra but the model of a responsible music director.
October 14, 2006 |
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Zubin Mehta, will broadcast 13 internationally aired radio segments, hosted by Itzhak Perlman and featuring performances by Joshua Bell, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Yoel Levi, Pinchas Zukerman, Mehta and other acclaimed soloists and conductors. "The Heartbeat of a Nation: The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at 70" will be heard locally on classical music station KMZT-FM (105.1).
May 10, 2008 |
Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard has canceled his appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic next Thursday through Sunday at Walt Disney Concert Hall on doctor's orders because of back strain. Peter Serkin will fill in with a slight change in program. Replacing Janacek's Capriccio for Piano Left Hand and Winds will be Messiaen's "Petites esquisses d'oiseaux" (Small Sketches of Birds) for piano solo. The remainder of the program, to be conducted by Christoph von Dohnanyi, will be the same: Messiaen's "Oiseaux exotiques" (Exotic Birds)