Born: 1877, Pozsony, HungaryDied: 1960, New York City, U.S.A.
"To the enjoyment of lovers of humor, and to the annoyance of others."
- Dohnányi's dedication of his Variations on a Nursery Song
A storied piano virtuoso and teacher (his students included Georg Solti and Géza Anda), Dohnányi dominated Hungarian music between World War I and II, being at times the chief conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic, the director of the Academy of Music, and the music director of the Hungarian Radio. His early compositions were praised by Brahms, and much of his stylistic stance - eloquent late Romanticism cast in Classically-oriented forms - mirrors that of Brahms.
Serenade in C (violin, viola, and cello, 1902)Schubert Ensemble (Hyperion)
Variations on a Nursery Song (piano and orchestra, 1913)Wild, New Philharmonia, Christoph von Dohnányi (Chesky)