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Merry Christmas From The Vienna Boys' Choir


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 412551   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Xaver GruberTraditionalFelix MendelssohnMichael Haydn
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus ViennensisVienna Volksoper OrchestraVienna Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Among all the living monuments of musical Vienna, the Vienna Boys’ Choir remains one of the most celebrated and popular. As musical ambassadors of Vienna they are recognised as an attraction not only in Vienna itself but on their regular tours around the world.

The choir can trace its history back over some 500 years as part of the Hofmusikkapelle, the body of musicians gathered to serve the Austrian court. Established under Emperor Maximilian I, the Hofmusikkapelle was transferred to Vienna in 1496 and has remained there ever since. Many prominent figures in Viennese musical life were at one time members of the boys’ choir. One of its earliest members, Ludwig Senfl, later became court Kapellmeister, but its
Read more most famous member of all was Franz Schubert, who joined the Hofmusikkapelle as a choirboy in 1808. His successor as soprano soloist was Georg Heilmesberger, head of a distinguished Viennese musical family, while another member was the operetta composer Carl Zeller. So were the conductors Hans Richter, Felix Mottl, and Clemens Krauss.

Their role as youthful musical emissaries is relatively recent. When the Austro-Hungarian monarchy disappeared during the First World War their survival was in jeopardy, but the choir was reconstituted on a basis that enabled them to travel the world giving concerts, from the proceeds of which it was possible to maintain and improve the organisation. After the Second World War the task had to be undertaken all over again. A boarding-school was established in the sixteenth-century Augarten-Palais where the boys could be given a thorough musical education and launched on their careers. That remains the situation today. Four choirs are formed from around 150 pupils aged between 10 and 14, each choir going on tour for about three months of the year.



Includes christmas carols by various composers. Ensembles: Vienna Boys Choir, Chorus Viennensis, Vienna Volksoper Orchestra. Conductor: Uwe Christian Harrer. Soloist: Ingomar Rainer.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
Language: German 
2.
The first nowell by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: England 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
3.
Andachtsjodler by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Josef Döller 
4.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: David Willcocks 
5.
Kling Glöckchen, klingeling by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Language: German 
6.
Stacherl by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
7.
Er is een kindeke geboren op aard by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Language: Dutch 
Notes: Arranged: Job Maarse 
8.
Fröhliche Weihnacht by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Uwe Christian Harrer 
9.
Heiligste Nacht by Michael Haydn
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Austria 
Language: German 
10.
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: England 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Job Maarse & Uwe Christian Harrer 
11.
Still, still, still by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Austria 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Uwe Christian Harrer 
12.
Nu syt wellecome by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Language: Dutch 
Notes: Arranged: Job Maarse 
13.
Les anges dans nos campagnes by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: France 
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Uwe Christian Harrer 
14.
Marche des rois by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Language: French 
Notes: Arranged: Josef Döller 
15.
Als Ich bei meinen Schafen wacht' by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Germany 
Language: German 
Notes: Arranged: Josef Döller 
16.
Quando nascete Ninno by Traditional
Performer:  Ingomar Rainer (Organ)
Conductor:  Uwe Christian Harrer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Written: Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Uwe Christian Harrer 

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