In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs existing in the world. For nearly five hundred years they have been a symbol of Austria. A founding document of Maximilian I in 1498 called the first dozen boys to the imperial court as members of the newly formed court music band. Thus he showed his great interest in contemporary musical developments in Burgundy and the Netherlands. Since then the Vienna Boys' Choir has been a fixed attraction in Austrian musical life.
A number of famous musicians have emerged from its ranks. Its first-class training has produced numerous highly qualified vocalists, violinists and pianists. Joseph Haydn, who actually belonged to the Cathedral Choir of St Stephan, sang together with the court choir boys in the chapel of the Hofburg and in the newly built palace of Sch-nbrunn. Franz Schubert's first compositions were written when he was with the court choir boys, always in conflict with his teachers, since he was more interested in music than in getting good marks for his school work. Mozart's erstwhile rival, Salieri, noted Schubert's talent in his entry examination, and took him under his wing. The vocal training he received formed the foundation of Schubert's sensitive Lieder. Georg Boyer, Benedikt Randhartinger, Hans Richter, who created the reputation of the philharmonic concerts in Vienna, the operetta composer Karl Zeller ("Der Vogelh"ndler") or the famous Wagner conductor Josef Sucher, Felix Mottl, Clemens Krauss and Lovro von Matacic are former members of the Vienna Boys' Choir, and helped to write the musical history of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Great composers and teachers have repeatedly improved the musical quality of the Vienna Boys' Choir, for instance Isaac, Senfl, Caldara, Fux, Salieri, Joseph and Michael Haydn. Anton Bruckner, too, as court organist, rehearsed his own masses with the Vienna Boys' Choir. If a performance went particularly well, it was his custom to reward the boys with cake.With the ending of the monarchy in 1918, the choir gave up its old name and the imperial uniform (to which a sword belonged). As early as 1924 the "Vienna Boys' Choir" - reformed by the rector Joseph Schnitt, with great personal zeal - gave guest performances in the world's most famous concert halls. Even in the days of the First Republic they were regarded as Austria's "singing ambassadors".
Since those days the Vienna Boys' Choir have given concerts under nearly all the great conductors of this century: Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Herbert von Karajan, Carlos Kleiber, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti and Sir George Solti. And, as ever, every Sunday the Vienna Boys' Choir sing solemn mass in Vienna's Hofburg chapel, continuing a tradition unbroken since 1498.
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Review: The world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir, under the direction of Georg Stangelberger and Marco Ozbic, sings 15 songs in English and German, including traditional carols and Christmas-related pieces such as "Joy to the World," "Deck the Halls," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," and "The Little Drummer Boy." The program takes a look at the choir in formal performance and rehearsal, and also provides some special yuletide scenes of the boys preparing for holiday festivities -- bringing in a tree, putting up decorations, eating treats, and enjoying other Christmas customs.
Songlist: Pueri Concinte, Joy To The World, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The Little Drummer Boy, Joy To The World (2), O Du Frohliche, O Heiland Reiss die Kommet, Stille Nacht, Heilge Nacht, Vom Himmel Hoch, Good King Wenceslas, Deck The Halls, Adeste Fideles, Still, Still, Still
Review: The 100 choristers that comprise the Vienna Boys Choir 4 touring choruses give around 300 concerts and performances around the world, to almost half a million people per year. The Vienna Boys' Choir is one of the oldest boys' choirs existing in the world. For over five hundred years they have been a symbol of Austria. A founding document of Maximilian I in 1498 called the first dozen boys to the imperial court as members of the newly formed court music band. Thus he showed his great interest in contemporary musical developments in Burgundy and the Netherlands. Since then the Vienna Boys' Choir has been a fixed attraction in Austrian musical life. A number of famous musicians have emerged from its ranks. Its first-class training has produced numerous highly qualified vocalists, violinists and pianists. Joseph Haydn, who actually belonged to the Cathedral Choir of St Stephan, sang together with the court choir boys in the chapel of the Hofburg
Songlist: Te Deum Hob. Xxiiic:2, Magnificat D 486, Kronungs Te Deum, Gesang der Geister uber den Wassern D 714, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei
Review: Another fine collection of classic songs from this world-class choir. Also includes extensive liner notes.
Songlist: Amazing Grace, Edelweis, Tiritomba, Das Wandern Ist Des Mullers Kust, Sakura, Sur Le Point D'Avignon, Auld Lang Syne, Wien De Stadt Meiner Traume, Santa Lucia For Voice & Orchestra, Kalinka Greensleeves, In Orater Bluh Wieder Die Baume, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, Muss I Denn Zum Staftelel Hinaus
Review: For over 500 years, the Vienna Boys' Choir has been synonymous with choral music. In a city that has been home to many of the greatest names in music history, it continues to be one of the most recognized names and sounds in the world. A compilation of "greatest hits, " Angelic Voices" features most of the expected classics, including Georg Frideric Handel's "Hallelujah" and Franz Gruber's "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht." However, there are several surprises in store for listeners, including an amusing arrangement of Carlos Jobim's 'The Girl from Ipanema.' Those looking for a retrospective of the Vienna Boys Choir will not be disappointed by " Angelic Voices".
Songlist: Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Bach, Ave Vernum Corpus - Mozart, O, For The Wings Of A Dove - Mendelssohn, Hallelujah - Handel, Faure - Pie Jesu, Exsulate, Jubilate - Mozart, Silent Night, Let The Bright Seraphim - Handel, Lascia Ch'io Pianga - Handel, Handel - Zadok The Pries, Fruhlingsstimmen - Strauss,J, The Keeper Would A Hunting Go, Scarborough Fair, Loch Lomond, Shenandoah, Now Is The Hour, Garota De Ipanema, El Condor Pasa, La Guantanamera, Cielito Lindo, Heidenroslein, Kuckuck, Kuckuck Rufts aus Dem Wald
Review: When one of the top Boys Choirs in the world perform Christmas music one expects a world class recording and indeed this release delivers! A fine selection of traditional and lesser-known carols that are bound to please. Includes Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols.
Songlist: Procession, Wolcum Yole!, There Is No Rose, That Younge Child, Babulalow, As Dew In Aprille, This Little Babe, Interlude, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recession, Ding Dong! Merrily On High!, Away In A Manger, We've Been Awhile A-Wandering, Coventry Carol, I Saw Three Ships, Once In Royal David's City, Deck The Halls, Good Christian Men, Rejoice, O Tannenbaum, Panis Angelicus, Stille Niacht/Silent night, Frau Nachtigall, Wach Auf, Es Is Ein Ros' Entsprungen, Adeste Fideles, Die Konige, Joy To The World
Review: This fine recording features the top-notch boys choir at their very best as they sing beautifully some classic early music works of Victoria, Palestrina, Nascus and the stunning "Missa an Imitationem Pater Noster" by Jacobus Gallus. An added bonus is a wonderful rendition of the Benjamin Britten work "A Ceremony of Carols".
Songlist: Missa Ad Imitationem Pater Noster - Gallus, Puer Concite - Gallus, Repleti Sunt - Gallus, Una Hora - Da Victoria, O Regem Coeli - Da Victoria, Hodie Christus Est - Palestrina, Incipit Lamentatio - Nascus, Sanctus Hosanna Benedictus - De Kerle, A Ceremony Of Carols - Britten
Review: A collection of 21 well-known carols sung impecable as always by this 500 years old and counting choir. Always at their best with Christmas music this recording is bound to please.
Songlist: Adeste Fideles, Maria Durch'ein Dornwald Ging, Heissa Buama, Ihr Kinderlein Kommet, Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, Huron Carol, Sing A Joyful Song Of Christmas, Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes, Heiligste Nacht, The First Nowell, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, When Christ Was Born Of Mary, Deck The Hall, When Christ Was Born Of Mary Free, Deck The Hall, Joy To The World, Entre Le Boeuf et L'Ane Gris, O Tannenbaum, In Dulci Jubilo, Still Still Still, O Du Stille Zeit, Es Wird Scho Glei Dupa, Stille Nacht
Review: The comprehensive repertoire of the Choir extends from Renaissance motets and madrigals to Romantic choral works, both sacred and secular, and twentieth-century compositions. All are represented on this excellent compilation of some of the Choir best-loved pieces.
Songlist: Credo (W.A. Mozart - Mass in C, K. 317 Coronation ), Hallelujah (G.F. Handel - Messiah), Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe (F. Schubert - German Mass, D. 872), Inter natos mulierum, K. 72 (W.A. Mozart), Missa Laetare (A. Caldara)-, -Gloria, -Dona nobis pacem, Sub tuum praesidium, K. 198 (W.A. Mozart), Kyrie (J. Haydn - Missa in honorem BVM), Wohin soll ich mich wenden (F. Schubert - German Mass, D. 872), Mass in C, K. 220 - Spatzenmesse (W.A. Mozart)-, -Sanctus, -Benedictus, Agnus Dei (J. Haydn - Missa Sancti Jannis de Deo), Laudate Dominum (W.A. Mozart - Versperae de Dominica, K. 321), Lascia ch'io pianga (G.F. Handel - Rinaldo), Quando nascette ninno (Traditional), Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy)
Review: This is a beautiful DVD of a concert in Vienna that was part of a series of events entitled "Sacred Mozart" organized by the Wiener Mozartjahr 2006, where all of Mozart's works were performed in various city churches. The festive highlight was this concert, presented in St. Stephen's Cathedral on Jan. 27, 2006, the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, when it was broadcast worldwide. St. Stephen's is where Mozart married Constanze Weber in 1782, where one of his sons was baptized, and where the blessing took place after his death. At the heart of this selection of sacred music is the majestic "Missa in C Major K.317" of 1779, better known as the "Coronation Mass." The "Church Sonata in C major, K.278," "Graduale Sancta Maria, mater Dei, K.273," "Ave verum corpus, K.618" and "Litaniae Lauretanae, K.195" are some of our favorite pieces by the master composer performed here. The sweet voices of the Vienna Boys' Choir are the angels make this powerful sacred music soar up into the wonderful acoustics of St. Stephen's. This DVD places us in the audience of this very special and significant event and reminds us of Mozart's unique genius.
Songlist: Church Sonata In C Major, Mass In C Minor, Graduale " Sancta Maria, Mater Dei", Coronation Mass In C Major, Ave Verum Corpus, Litaniae Lauretanae, Church Sonata In C Major