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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  • 51.
    Mahler: Symphonie No 3 / Boulez, Von Otter, Vienna Po, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474038 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Singverein Women's Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 52.
    Wagner - The Opera Collection: Parsifal / Solti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470805 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hans Hotter,  Gottlob Frick,  René Kollo,  Zoltan Kélémén  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 53.
    Inspired Voices - Music To Enhance Your Spirit
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63833 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Randall Thompson  ... 
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Anna Moffo,  Sandrine Piau,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Sigiswald Kuijken,  Roy Goodman,  Richard Westenburg  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Namur Chamber Choir,  La Petite Bande  ... 
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  • 54.
    Glory - Bach: Famous Arias
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10882 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Edita Gruberova,  Christoph Prégardien,  Jochen Kowalski,  Monica Frimmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Winschermann,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Kenneth Sillito,  Ralf Otto  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Il Concertino Köln  ... 
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  • 55.
    The Most Fabulous Classical Christmas Album Ever!
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63712 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  John Grady,  Osian Ellis,  Benita Valente,  Robert Arnold  ... 
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Hans Gillesberger,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Michael Korn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Canadian Brass,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 56.
    Weihnachts Christmas Boulevard / Kowalski
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 93503 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Jochen Kowalski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sofia National Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 57.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Mitropoulos, Coertse, Zadek, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 519992 Release Date: 11/29/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Ira Malaniuk,  Hilde Zadek,  Hermann Prey,  Otto Edelmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Friends of Music Society Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 58.
    Bizet: Carmen - Highlights / Karajan, Price, Corelli, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63495 Release Date: 09/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Leontyne Price,  Mirella Freni,  Monique Linval  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 59.
    Mahler: Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Songs / Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459080 Release Date: 11/10/1998   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  James King,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Gerti Zeumer  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 60.
    Ten Tenors In Prayer / Domingo, Lanza, Heppner, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63237 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Traditional,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Jerry Hadley,  Peter Seiffert,  Jan Peerce  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Richard Bonynge,  Jirí Kout,  Abraham Ellstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    Bizet: Carmen / Karajan, Price, Corelli, Merrill, Freni
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 39495 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Franco Corelli,  Robert Merrill,  Mirella Freni,  Monique Linval  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 62.
    The Ave Maria Album / Price, Lanza, Caruso, Domingo
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63260 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Charles Gounod,  Franz Schubert,  Percy Kahn  ... 
    Performer:  Katia Ricciarelli,  Mario Lanza,  Kosti Vehanen,  Marian Anderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni,  Constantin Callinicos,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Giuseppe Bamboschek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Mitropoulos Conducts Mahler: Symphonies 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Hermann Prey,  Otto Edelmann,  Mimi Coertse,  Hilde Zadek  ... 
    Conductor:  Dimitri Mitropoulos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 64.
    Schubert: Masses D 324 & D 452 / Bruno Weil, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 68248 Release Date: 12/10/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Thomas Puchegger,  Belŕ Fischer,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Jörg Hering  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 65.
    Schubert: Masses D 105 & 167 / Bruno Weil
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 68247 Release Date: 10/22/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Thomas Puchegger,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Arno Hartmann,  Jörg Hering  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Weil
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Chorus Viennensis
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  • 66.
    Handel: Messiah / Peter Marschik, Wiener Sangerknaben
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 60068 Release Date: 01/01/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Charles Humphries,  Max Emanuel Cencic,  Ivan Sharpe,  Robert Torday
    Conductor:  Peter Marschik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of London,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 67.
    Movies - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66709 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  William Byrd,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Nucci,  Vladimir Feltsman,  Nina Stemme,  Adriana Morelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Leonard Bernstein,  Zubin Mehta,  Raymond Leppard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Canadian Brass  ... 
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  • 68.
    Orff: Carmina Burana / Previn, Bonney, Lopardo, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439950 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Anthony Michaels-Moore,  Frank Lopardo,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Vienna Boys' Choir
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  • 69.
    Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy - My Favorite Opera For Children
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 443817 Release Date: 08/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Julia Hamari,  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Lucia Popp,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  Silvio Varviso,  Richard Bonynge,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 70.
    Bach: Famous Choruses / Leonhardt, Harnoncourt
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 92626 Release Date: 01/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Hanover Boys' Choir Members  ... 
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  • 71.
    Mozart: Coronation Mass;  Bach / Marschik, Stangelberger, Et Al
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 10531 Release Date: 01/01/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael Knapp,  George Stangelberger,  Benjamin Schmidinger,  Albin Lenzer  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Marschik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Ave Maria - Christmas Favorites / Doming, Lanza, Et Al
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61838 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Charles Gounod,  George Frideric Handel,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Mario Lanza,  Hermann Prey,  Osian Ellis  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Helmuth Froschauer,  Eugene Ormandy,  Henri René  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 73.
    An Enchanted Evening With Jose Carreras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 53296 Release Date: 02/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Eduardo Toldrá  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Eva Martón,  József Gregor,  Benedek Héja  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Giuseppe Patané,  Oleg Caetani  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 74.
    Sleighride! - Classic Christmas Favorites
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61373 Release Date: 08/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  John Grady,  Johannes Sonnleitner,  John De Lancie,  Al Hirt  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw,  Eugene Ormandy,  Richard Kapp,  Helmuth Froschauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale,  Philadelphia Orchestra Chorus,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 75.
    The Vienna Choir Boys Sing Strauss Waltzes
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61235 Release Date: 07/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Conductor:  Hans Gillesberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Boys' Choir
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