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MICHAEL SCHONWANDT

Michael Schønwandt was born in 1953, and is Chief Conductor at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen and of the Royal Danish Orchestra. Since his début in the Tivoli Gardens in 1977 he has been one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. He has been Chief Conductor of Collegium Musicum from the founding of the orchestra in 1981. In 1987–91 Schønwandt was Principal Guest Conductor of the opera and symphony orchestra in Nice, and in 1989–2000 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR. Finally, in 1992–98 he was Chief Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

Besides his permanent connection with Danish musical life he appears regularly with the leading orchestras of Europe. The Berlin Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the French Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre National de France and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are just some of the orchestras he has conducted in recent years. The opera houses in London, Paris, Vienna, Brussels, Nice and Stuttgart have also been regular ports of call for him. In 1987 and 1988 he was the first Scandinavian conductor ever to conduct at the Wagner Festspiele in Bayreuth. He headed last season’s successful performances of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, where he has conducted a succession of operas since 1979.

He was actually supposed to take over his father’s textile dye agency. But instead Michael Schønwandt became one of Denmark’s finest equilibrists with musical colours. From the conductor’s stand he is able to get musicians to play on the whole palette of sounds.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Conductor 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3 BIS
BIS-CD-429
Concertos
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4 BIS
BIS-CD-349
Concertos
Danish Golden Age Music Dacapo
8.224020
Orchestral
DER ER ET YNDIGT LAND Dacapo
8.224141
Orchestral, Opera, Orchestral
DUPUY: Ungdom Og Galskab / Flute Concerto Dacapo
8.224066-67
Opera, Concertos
GADE, N.: Elverskud / Fruhlings-Phantasie Dacapo
8.224051
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
GADE, N.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 Dacapo
DCCD 9201
Orchestral
GADE, N.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 Dacapo
DCCD 9004
Orchestral
GADE, N.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6 Dacapo
DCCD 9202
Orchestral
GADE, N.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8 Dacapo
DCCD 9301
Orchestral
GADE: Elverskud / Fruhlings-Phantasie Naxos
8.554958
Orchestral
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: For Cello and Orchestra / Concerto Grosso / Frere Jacques Dacapo
8.224060
Orchestral
HANSEN, Ib: Kongelig Kammersanger (1959 - 1983) Naxos Historical
8.112003
Opera
HARTMANN, J.P.E.: Key Masterpieces (The) - Symphony No. 1 / Piano Sonata / Suite in A Minor / Volvens spaadom / Liden Kirsten (excerpt) Dacapo
8.226103-04
Opera
HARTMANN, J.P.E.: Liden Kirsten (Little Christine) Dacapo
8.224106-07
Opera
HEISE, P.: Songs for Male Voices (Danish National Choir, Schønwandt) Dacapo
6.220598
Choral - Secular
HOLMBOE, V.: Key Masterpieces (The) - Requiem for Nietzsche / String Quartet No. 4 / Chamber Concerto No. 2 Dacapo
8.226101-02
Orchestral
HOLMBOE: Requiem for Nietzsche Dacapo
8.224207
Choral - Secular
LANGE-MULLER: Der var Engang Dacapo
8.224084
Opera
LANGE-MULLER: Renaissance / I Alhambra Dacapo
8.224109
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 23 (Westenholz, Collegium Musicum, Schonwandt) BIS
BIS-CD-283
Concertos
MOZART: Violin Concertos Nos. 3 and 5 BIS
BIS-CD-282
Concertos
NIELSEN, C.: Masterworks (The), Vol. 1 - Orchestral Music (Danish National Symphony, Schonwandt) Dacapo
8.206002
Orchestral, Classical Concert, Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 6 Dacapo
8.224169
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 Dacapo
8.224126
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 Dacapo
8.224156
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1 and 6, "Sinfonia semplice" (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt) Naxos
8.570737
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 2, "The 4 Temperaments" and 3, "Sinfonia espansiva" (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt) Naxos
8.570738
Orchestral
NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Nos. 4, "The Inextinguishable" and 5 (Danish National Radio Symphony, Schonwandt) Naxos
8.570739
Orchestral
NIELSEN: Complete Symphonies / The Light and the Darkness (NTSC) Dacapo
2.110403-05
Classical Concert
NIELSEN: Maskarade (Royal Danish Opera, 2006) (NTSC) Dacapo
2.110407
Opera DVD
RUDERS, P.: Selma Jezkova (Royal Danish Opera, 2010) (NTSC) Dacapo
2.110410
Opera DVD
RUDERS, P.: Solar Trilogy (Odense Symphony, Schonwandt) Dacapo
8.224054
Orchestral
RUDERS: Handmaid's Tale (The) Dacapo
8.224165-66
Opera
RUDERS: Symphony No. 2 / Piano Concerto Dacapo
8.224125
Orchestral
RUDERS: Violin Concerto No. 2 / 'Dramaphonia' Dacapo
DCCD 9308
Concertos
SCHIERBECK, P.: Fete galante [Opera] (Schonwandt) Dacapo
6.220637-38
Opera
SORENSEN, B.: Piano Concerto, "La Notte" / Sieben Sehnsuchte / The Masque of the Red Death (Alberman, Hind, BBC Symphony, Schonwandt) Dacapo
8.226045
Concertos
WEYSE, C.E.F.: Key Masterpieces (The) - Symphonies Nos. 1 and 7 / Christmas Cantata / Piano Sonata No. 6 / Songs Dacapo
8.226105-06
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
WEYSE: Christmas and Easter Cantatas Naxos
8.554962
Choral - Sacred
WEYSE: Christmas and Easter Cantatas Dacapo
8.224049
Choral - Sacred
WEYSE: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 Dacapo
8.224012
Orchestral
WEYSE: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 Naxos
8.550714
Orchestral
WEYSE: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 Dacapo
8.224013
Orchestral
WEYSE: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 Dacapo
8.224014
Orchestral
WEYSE: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 Naxos
8.550516
Orchestral





 
 
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