When Schoenberg met Dohnanyi

When Schoenberg met Dohnanyi


norman lebrecht

February 09, 2015

E. Randol Schoenberg (left) is an L. A. lawyer who specialises in the restitution of art works stolen by the Nazis. The grandson of an immortal composer, his greatest legal triumph – the recovery of a pillaged Klimt – is retold in a forthcoming film, Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren.

Schoenberg’s courtroom opponent was Dr Dreimann, an Austrian state attorney. Dreimann is played in the film by Justus von Dohnanyi (right), great-grandson of an important composer and son of the German conductor, Christoph von Dohnanyi. Christoph is a noted Schoenberg interpreter.

Small world, huh?


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photo (c) Pam Schoenberg



  • William Safford says:

    And grandson (I assume) of Hans von Dohnányi.