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
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  • 26.
    New Year's Concert 2012 / Mariss Jansons, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 91377 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Carl Michael Ziehrer,  Josef Strauss,  J. "Pepi" Hellmesberger  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 27.
    Weinberg Edition Vol 1 - Symphony No 6, Sinfonietta No 1 / Fedoseyev, Korsten
    Label: Neos   Catalog: 11125 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mieczyslaw Weinberg
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev,  Gerard Korsten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Mahler: Symphonies no 3, 6 & 10 / Adler, Vienna SO
    Label: Classics   Catalog: 51279 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Hilde Rössel-Majdan
    Conductor:  Charles Adler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 29.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / De Billy, Merbeth, Van Den Heever, Grigorian, Henschel, Botha
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 768 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Boaz Daniel,  Jane Henschel,  Elisabeta Marin,  Johan Botha  ... 
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singakademie,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 30.
    Bernstein's Mahler [DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001443709 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ingrid Mayr,  Edda Moser,  Gerti Zeumer,  Judith Blegen  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mahler - Complete Edition [18 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001439302 Release Date: 06/22/2010   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Clemens Hagen,  Gidon Kremer,  Veronika Hagen,  Oleg Maisenberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Giuseppe Sinopoli,  Luciano Berio,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Düsseldorf Städtischer Musikvereins Chorus  ... 
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  • 32.
    Lortzing: Der Wildschutz / Wallberg, Volker, Kmentt, Holm
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 786102 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Albert Lortzing
    Performer:  Georg Volker,  Waldemar Kmentt,  Hilde Rössel-Majdan,  Anny Felbermayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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  • 33.
    Carols For Christmas - Original Album Classics
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 756174 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Mario Lanza,  Johannes Sonnleitner,  Placido Domingo,  Eileen Farrell  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Paul Baron,  Helmuth Froschauer,  Luther Henderson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Chorus,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    The Best of the Vienna Choir Boys
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7585 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Robert Stolz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 35.
    Schubert: Choral Music / Berlin Radio Chorus, Et Al
    Label: Phoenix Edition   Catalog: 408 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Berlin Radio Chorus  ... 
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  • 36.
    Essential Mozart
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057278 Release Date: 11/18/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Katharina Kammerloher,  Daniela Bruera,  Werner Güra  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim,  Bertrand De Billy,  Hartmut Haenchen,  Manfred Honeck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 37.
    The Three Tenors At Christmas / Carreras, Pavarotti, Domingo
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001170002 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  John Francis Wade,  Pietro Mascagni,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo,  Michael G. Gormley,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Marcello Viotti,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices  ... 
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  • 38.
    Humperdinck: Hansel Und Gretel / Cluytens, Berry, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65661 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck
    Performer:  Liselotte Maikl,  Grace Hoffman,  Elisabeth Höngen,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    William Perry: The Innocents Abroad And Other Mark Twain Films
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570200 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Perry
    Performer:  Richard Hayman
    Conductor:  William Perry
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Bach: Complete Sacred Cantatas
    Label: Teldec Das Alte Werk   Catalog: 407420 Release Date: 01/15/2008   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Sebastian Hennig,  Paul Esswood  ... 
    Conductor:  Gustav Leonhardt,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Hanover Boys' Choir,  Leonhardt Consort  ... 
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  • 41.
    Schubert: Mass In E Flat Major / Weil, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 1488 Release Date: 08/22/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Benjamin Schmidinger,  Kurt Azesberger,  Albin Lenzer,  Harry Van der Kamp
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 42.
    Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov / Karajan, Ghiaurov
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000747902 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky
    Performer:  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Ludovic Spiess,  Martti Talvela,  Sabin Markov  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 43.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Solti, Chicago Symphony, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000691902 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Heather Harper,  Yvonne Minton,  Helen Watts  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 44.
    Milken Archive - Celebration Of Israel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559461 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herbert Fromm,  Walter Scharf,  Julius Chajes,  Max Helfman  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Bishop,  Benzion Miller,  Martin Schebesta,  Ana Maria Martinez
    Conductor:  Samuel Adler,  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Jorge Mester,  Gerald Wirth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Players,  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 45.
    Enescu: Oedipe Op 23 / Gielen, Pederson, Lipovsek, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660163-64 Release Date: 01/17/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Walter Fink,  Goran Simic,  Josef Hopferwieser,  Yu Chen  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Gielen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Bernstein Collectors Edition - Mahler III: Symphonies 8-10
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000532402 Release Date: 11/08/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Margaret Price,  Judith Blegen,  José van Dam,  Kenneth Riegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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  • 47.
    Geistliche Musik Der Wiener Hofkapelle Kaiser Maximilian I
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 340 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Costanzo Festa,  Josquin Des Préz,  Ludwig Senfl,  Heinrich Isaac  ... 
    Performer:  Renate Slepicka,  William Dongois,  Christoph Gems,  Peter Gallaun
    Conductor:  René Clemencic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Clemencic Consort,  Vienna Hofburgkapelle Choralschola
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  • 48.
    Milken Archive - Vienna Choir Boys - Kalib, Kaplan
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559419 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Abraham Kaplan,  Sholom Kalib
    Performer:  Shimon Craimer,  Naftali Herstik
    Conductor:  Gerald Wirth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Chamber Orchestra,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 49.
    Alban Berg Collection / Barenboim, Behrens, Mutter, Kremer
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000205102 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  Sabine Meyer,  Oleg Maisenberg,  Gidon Kremer,  Werner Kamenik  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Pierre Boulez,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Chamber Players,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 50.
    Milken Archive - Introducing American Jewish Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559406 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Ernst Toch,  Bruce Adolphe,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Carol Meyer,  Richard Clement,  Eliot Fisk,  Lucy Shelton  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz,  Neil Levin,  Elli Jaffe,  Joseph Cullen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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