Music: Honeymoon in Cleveland

Dohnányi makes a strong entrance leading a proud orchestra

When the Cleveland Orchestra announced that Christoph von Dohnányi would become its new music director beginning this season, he seemed an unlikely choice. Christoph von who? The German-born conductor, 55, grandson of Hungarian Composer Ernst von Dohnányi, had made his career in Germany not principally as an orchestral maestro but as an opera conductor and administrator, most recently at the Hamburg State Opera. He had a reputation as a 20th century music specialist, a distinction that has little appeal at the American box office. By...

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