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Wolfgang Gönnenwein (Conductor)

Born: January 29, 1933 - Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Died: July 26, 2015 - Baden-Würtemberg, Germany

The German conductor, Wolfgang Gönnenwein, was the son of a church music director (KMD), and studied music and German Philosophy in Stuttgart, Heidelberg and Tübingen.

After finishing his studies Wolfgang Gönnenwein took up his career as a conductor leading the Süddeutscher Madrigalchor in Stuttgart (from 1959), with whom he toured the Federal Republic of Germany, Western Europe and South America. Radio station in Germany and abroad welcome him as their guest, and the considerable number of his recordings, including, among others, the great oratorios, give proof of the stylistic versatility of his repertoire.

In 1968 Wolfgang Gönnenwein was appointed Professor of choir-leading at the Stuttgart Conservatoire. Between 1968 (or 1969) and 1973 he was director of the Cologne Bachchor. From 1971 (or 1972) to 2004 he was Artistic Director of the Schloßfestspiele in Ludwigsburg. From 1973 to 1982 he was Rector of Academy of Music and Arts in Stuttgart. From 1985 to 1992 he was Intendant (General Director) of the Württembergischen Staatstheater in Stuttgart.

Wolfgang Gönnenwein also entered into politics in 1988, when the then Baden-Württemberg premier Lothar Späth convinced him to accept a government post. Until 1991, Gönnenwein held the specially created office of voluntary state secretary for art. In 2005 he became President of the Landesmusikrat (State Music Council) Baden-Württemberg, where he increasingly devoted himself to the young musicians. Gönnenwein shaped the Baden-Württemberg Cultural Policy as strong as a few others, as a source of ideas and ambassadors abroad.

For EMI, Wolfgang Gönnenwein recorded many of J.S. Bach's sacred works, as well as Haydn’s oratorios and W.A. Mozart's Requiem. He also recorded for Cantate and Erato labels.

Source: Liner notes to the 2-LP album ‘Beethoven: Missa Solemnis’ conducted by Wolfgang Gönnenwein (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 1977); Obituary in SWR Pernsehen (July 27, 2015), English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2015); Bits & pieces from other sources
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, April 2017); Manfred Grugmann (Dates & Photo 05, July 2015); Matthias Hansen (July 2015)

Wolfgang Gönnenwein: Short Biography | Süddeutscher Madrigalchor | Recordings: Part 1 | Part 2
Individual Recordings:
BWV 244 - W. Gönnenwein
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Recordings | General Discussions

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Dirigent, Intendant und Kulturstaatsrat Wolfgang Gönnenwein gestorben (SWR Pernsehen) [German]


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