Vienna Boys' Choir

Biography

Active: July 7, 1498 - ; Vienna, Austria
The Wiener Sängerknaben or Vienna Boys' Choir (sometimes translated Vienna Choir Boys) is the world's foremost children's choral group. It is also among the oldest of all musical organizations, having been founded pursuant to an Imperial decree of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I on July 7, 1498; the Emperor wished boys' voices to be added to the choir of the Imperial Chapel, or Hofkapelle. This established a tradition of having the boys sing in Read more weekly Sunday masses in the Imperial Chapel of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, a tradition that continues today.

Over the centuries, illustrious composers have written masterpieces for the Boys' Choir of the Imperial Chapel, including Mozart, Bruckner, Gluck, and Schubert. Many great musicians got their start as members of the Boys' Choir; among them were the great conductors Hans Richter, Clemens Krauss, and Lovro von Matacic. During the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the choir became renowned for its secular performances as well, appearing in colorful Imperial-style military uniforms, each complete with a dagger. After World War I, wide popular and governmental disfavor of all things Imperial resulted in the dissolution of many long-standing institutions, including the Imperial Chapel Choir. However, Chaplain Joseph Schnitt remained in his position at the chapel and re-gathered the choir. Sparing no personal expense, he re-established a boarding school for the choristers. He replaced the imperial uniforms with a distinctive sailor-style uniform.

The Vienna Boys' Choir has the most stringent training and admittance policy in the world. Boys wishing to join must first gain entrance to a preparatory school where they receive a complete elementary education. Their instruction includes elements of musical theory, sight-singing, and the practice of singing, and instruction on at least one instrument; at the age of nine, they have to pass an examination based strictly on musical ability and vocal quality. There is no religious requirement. The teaching is purposely intensive in order that their education not be slighted due to the frequent touring. There are usually two choirs away on a tour at any given time, most frequently for three months. They are accompanied by their choirmaster, their tutor, and a nurse. Vienna Choir Boys have visited the United States well in excess of 50 times since 1932 and have traveled to all six inhabited continents. They are beloved the world over for their lively singing style and beautiful tone and have commissioned a number of new works, including Britten's The Golden Vanity. Read less
Merry Christmas from Vienna / Vienna Boys Choir
Release Date: 10/23/2015   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002369202   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Mayseder: Mass in E-Flat Major & Violin Concerto No. 2 / Christian, Wiener Sangerknaben
    Label: Gramola   Catalog: 99200 Release Date: 02/14/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Mayseder
    Performer:  Thomas Christian
    Conductor:  Thomas Christian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wiener Hofmusikkapelle,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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    100 Christmas Classics
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7331 Release Date: 11/15/2019   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  J. Ritter von Herbeck,  George Frideric Handel,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Performer:  David Cordier,  Ulla Van Daalen,  Jochen Kowalski,  Charles Humphries  ... 
    Conductor:  Martin Flämig,  Peter Marschik,  Marcus Creed,  Hans-Joachim Rotzsch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Kreuzchor Choir,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 3.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Carydis, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 749708 Release Date: 06/21/2019   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michael Porter,  Maria Nazarova,  Adam Plachetka,  Christiane Karg  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantinos Carydis,  Ernst Raffelsberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Choir
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Carydis, Vienna Philharmonic  [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 749804 Release Date: 06/21/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Tareq Nazmi,  Albina Shagimuratova,  Matthias Goerne,  Mauro Peter  ... 
    Conductor:  Constantinos Carydis,  Ernst Raffelsberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Choir,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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    Bertrand de Billy / Vienna Radio Symphony
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 32 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Schubert,  Josef Suk  ... 
    Performer:  Johan Botha,  Maighread McCrann,  Boaz Daniel,  Elza van den Heever  ... 
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus  ... 
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    Sacred Choral Music / Vienna Boys' Choir
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 7317 Release Date: 04/05/2019   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Max Emanuel Cencic,  Charles Humphries,  Ivan Sharpe,  Robert Torday  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Marschik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of London Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Chorus Viennensis Choir  ... 
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    Strauss For Ever / Wirth, Vienna Boys Choir, Salon Orchestra of Old Vienna
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002898902 Release Date: 10/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Conductor:  Gerald Wirth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Salon Orchestra Of Old Vienna
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 567107 Release Date: 02/23/2018   Number of Discs: 153
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 9.
    Mozart: Requiem & Ave Verum - Bruckner: Motets / Marschik, Vienna Folk Opera Symphony
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 8018 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Gotthold Schwarz,  Michael Knapp,  Max Emanuel Cencic
    Conductor:  Peter Marschik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 10.
    Music at the Court of Emperor Maximilian I / Harnoncourt [Vinyl]
    Label: Archiv Produktion   Catalog: 4797135 Release Date: 04/14/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antoine Brumel,  Josquin Des Préz,  Costanzo Festa,  Paul Hofhaimer  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Musicus Wien,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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    Leontyne Price: Prima Donna Assoluta
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 531134 Release Date: 10/07/2016   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Leontyne Price,  Judith Raskin,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf,  Herbert von Karajan,  Thomas Schippers,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Christmas 101
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002507302 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Simon Preston,  Harvey Alan,  David Corkhill  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  John Rutter,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 13.
    The Decca Sound [Repackaged Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002434502 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 14.
    Merry Christmas from Vienna / Vienna Boys Choir
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002369202 Release Date: 10/23/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  Adolphe Adam,  José Feliciano  ... 
    Performer:  Rolando Villazón,  Aida Garifullina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 15.
    The Originals -   Mahler: Symphony No 3 / Abbado, Norman
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002154602 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Jessye Norman
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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    Monteverdi: 3 Operas / Harnoncourt
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631482 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Kurt Equiluz,  Nigel Rogers,  Günther Theuring,  Jacques Villisech  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Munich Capella Antiqua,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 17.
    Richard Strauss: Complete Operas
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002013902 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Cäcilie Reich,  Eva Maria Rogner,  Ira Malaniuk  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Karl Böhm,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Staatskapelle Dresden  ... 
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  • 18.
    Boulez Conducts Mahler - Complete Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001931702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Johan Botha,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Anna Larsson,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Wilhelm Furtwangler: Wiener Konzerte 1944-1954 [18-CD Set]
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 834118 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  César Franck,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Badura-Skoda,  Dagmar Bella,  Paul Schöffler,  Anton Dermota  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singakademie,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 20.
    Forever Domingo
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001784502 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Lara,  Nicholas Brodszky,  Salvatore Cardillo,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Sherrill Milnes,  Piero Cappuccilli,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcel Peeters,  Karl-Heinz Loges,  Herbert von Karajan,  Giuseppe Sinopoli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Christmas With The Vienna Boys' Choir
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 5160 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Marschik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 22.
    Solti conducts The Strauss Operas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746102 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Gueden,  Eberhard Wächter,  Wilhelm Lenninger  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Solti conducts the Verdi Operas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746202 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jon Vickers,  Robert Merrill,  Rita Gorr,  Leontyne Price  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus  ... 
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  • 24.
    Solti Conducts The Wagner Operas [36-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746302 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 36
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Werner Krenn,  Isola Jones,  Janis Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
    CD: $437.49
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