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Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Symphonies 7 & 8 (1991)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Symphonies 7 & 8 (1991)

Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Antonín Dvořák: Symphonies 7 & 8 (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 353 Mb | Total time: 73:09 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 430 728-2 | Recorded: 1984, 1985

This orchestra learned to play these symphonies under the legendary George Szell, whose Sony recordings have been reissued on CD and remain a prime recommendation in this music. For those seeking digital sound, however, these new versions are very distinguished, combining the Cleveland Orchestra's customary superb ensemble with a warmth and urgency of expression usually in short supply from this conductor. At mid-price, this is an excellent recommendation.

Christoph von Dohnányi, Philharmonia Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2011)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Philharmonia Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2011)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Philharmonia Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 349 Mb | Total time: 45:00+37:17 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Signum | # SIGCD250 | Recorded: 2009

It took Brahms many years to compose his First Symphony; he shared much of his compositional journey with Clara Schumann, sending her a birthday card in 1868 with the notation of an Alpine horn tune that became the famous theme of the symphony's finale. The whole work is underpinned by a version of Robert Schumann's own 'Clara' motif.

Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies 3 & 4; Violin Concerto; Haydn Variations (2000)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies 3 & 4; Violin Concerto; Haydn Variations (2000)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies 3 & 4; Violin Concerto; Haydn Variations (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 542 Mb | Total time: 02:13:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | 8573-84068-2 | Recorded: 1987-1990

There are no highlights in this cycle - the level of consistency is remarkable - but Dohnanyi's Third has always been regarded as one of the three or four reference recordings of the symphony. And rightfully so. Rarely are conductors been able to elicit such an unclogged sound from an orchestra on modern instruments while maintaining such a high level of focused energy. The brass work in the first movement is stunning while the wind parts all register with appropriate clarity. The appearance of the coda is violent and awesomely effective.

Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture (2000)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture (2000)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Cleveland Orchestra - Johannes Brahms: Symphonies 1 & 2; Academic Festival Overture; Tragic Overture (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 461 Mb | Total time: 01:50:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Teldec | 8573-84067-2 | Recorded: 1987-90

The Cleveland Orchestra conducted by their regular director music, Christoph Von Dohnanyi, have made a wonderful studio recording of Brahms first two symphonies and the two overtures which brings off these lyrical and exciting works of the Romantic period to perfection.

Christoph von Dohnányi - Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Flute & Harp Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante (1994)

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Christoph von Dohnányi - Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Flute & Harp Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante (1994)

Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Flute & Harp Concerto, Sinfonia Concertante (1994)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 359 Mb | Total time: 78:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: London Records | # 443 175-2 | Recorded: 1991, 1993

This programme is something of a memorial to Daniel Majeske who died from cancer in November 1993 after being Concert Master of the Cleveland Orchestra for 25 years. Christoph von Dohnanyi honours his memory in a written note, and Majeske's performance of Mozart's Sinfonia concertante, K364, recorded two years before his death, celebrates his searching, highly cultivated solo playing.

Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 'Scottish'; Die erste Walpurgisnacht (1988)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 'Scottish'; Die erste Walpurgisnacht (1988)

Christoph von Dohnányi, The Cleveland Orchestra - Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 'Scottish'; Die erste Walpurgisnacht (1988)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 307 Mb | Total time: 66:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Telarc | # CD-80184 | Recorded: 1998

Dohnanyi always gives good Mendelssohn, a composer whose music responds well to his neat, precise, tasteful, understated style of conducting. The Scottish Symphony captured here displays all of these virtues in lively tempos, typically superb playing by the Clevelanders, and a finale in which the add-on coda emerges with impressive naturalness from what has come before. But the real treat is the coupling: Die erste Walpurgisnacht (The First Witches’ Sabbath), a marvelous and (for Mendelssohn) quite ferocious cantata lasting a bit more than half an hour in which a pack of bloodthirsty druids intimidate a bunch of squeamish Christians.

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

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Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)

Christoph von Dohnányi, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House - Richard Strauss: Salome (2003/1997)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.39 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Decca | Sub: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Chinese

This performance of Strauss' opera Salome, recorded in London, but based on an earlier performance at the Salzburg Festival, could be the perfect Salome on DVD for several years to come. In the first place the casting is superb. Malfitano and Terfel as Salome and Jokanaan are not to be surpassed in the next years. Malfitano does the Dance of the Seven Veils herself, which gives the performance an extra thrill. Herod is good too and as a bonus we see Anja Silja as Herodias, a well-known Salome herself in her younger days.