In 1498, more than half a millennium ago, Emperor Maximilian I moved his court and his court musicians from Innsbruck to Vienna. He gave specific instructions that there were to be six boys among his musicians. For want of a foundation charter, historians have settled on 1498 as the official foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and - in consequence - the Vienna Boys' Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the court, at mass, at private concerts and functions and on state occasions.
Musicians like Heinrich Isaac, Paul Hofhaimer, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Johann Joseph Fux, Christoph Willibald Gluck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Antonio Caldara, Antonio Salieri and Anton Bruckner worked with the choir. Composers Jacobus Gallus, Franz Schubert, and conductors Hans Richter, Felix Mottl and Clemens Krauss were themselves choristers. Brothers Joseph and Michael Haydn were members of the choir of St. Stephen's Cathedral, and sang frequently with the imperial boys' choir.
Today there are around 100 choristers between the ages of ten and fourteen, divided into four touring choirs. The four choirs give around 300 concerts and performances each year in front of almost half a million people. Each group spends nine to eleven weeks of the school year on tour. They visit virtually all European countries, and they are frequent guests in Asia, Australia and the Americas.
Together with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Wiener Sängerknaben maintain the tradition of the imperial musicians: as Hofmusikkapelle they provide the music for the Sunday Mass in Vienna's Imperial Chapel, as they have done since 1498.
The choir's newest CD is a portrait of Mary in 17 songs, from Renaissance motets to contemporary compositions, from Christmas carols to spirituals. It is the perfect companion to the choir's new DVD: Songs for Mary, directed by Curt Faudon.
Guest artists include Andrew Lawrence-King on harp and jazz singer Rachelle Jeanty. [WSK]
Recorded at Augartenpalais and St. Leopold, Vienna November 2012, March 2013, June 2013 and October 2013. Total playing time: 66 minutes.
Der Dresdner Kreuzchor Regensburger Domspatzen Thomanerchor LeipzigDie Wiener Sängerknaben „Singing is the foundation of everything in music“, wrote Georg Philipp Telemann, and this basic musical truth still holds good today. This 5-CD set with 100 Masterpieces can be an incentive to reflect once again on the foundation of music and, additionally, to become acquainted with the diversity of sacred choral compositions. For precisely in this sphere the most compositionally lavish, musically captivating choral works were written. This particularly applies to J.S.Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Bruckner. Specially recordings by these and others have been assembled here, partly in the original scoring with a boys’ choir. What earlier was current practice is today almost a rarity.
SCHUBERT: Ave Maria · MOZART: Laudate Dominum · SILCHER: So nimm denn meine Hände · HAYDN: Die Schöpfung / The Creation (Chorus) · MENDELSSOHN: Ave Maria · BACH: Jesu meines Herzens Freud · TRADITIONAL: Meerstern ich dich grüße….
HÄNDEL: Hallelujah · MOZART: Ave verum · BEETHOVEN: Die Himmel rühmen · SCHUBERT: Salve Regina · TRADITIONAL: Maria, Mutter unsres Herrn · MOZART: Orgelsolomesse · VERDI: Requiem (Lacrymosa) …
MENDELSSOHN: Vom Himmel hoch · BACH: Messe h-moll / Mass in B Minor (Gloria) · BRAHMS: Täublein weiß · BRUCKNER: Virga jesse · SCHUBERT: Chor der Engel …
BRUCKNER: Te Deum · SCHUBERT: Heilig, heilig · TRADITIONAL: Glorwürd’ge Königin · MENDELSSOHN: Veni Domine · VERDI: Ave Maria …
BORTNJANSKY: Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe · BACH: O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden · SCHUBERT: Stabat Mater · BRUCKNER: Ave Maria · BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem / German Requiem (Selig sind)….
WIENER SÄNGERKNABEN (VIENNA BOYS’ CHOIR) · THOMANERCHOR LEIPZIG · DRESDNER KREUZCHOR · REGENSBURGER DOMSPATZEN · RIAS-KAMMERCHOR · MÄNNERCHOR DES RUNDFUNKCHORES LEIPZIG
WIENER AKADEMIE – MARTIN HASELBÖCK · RADIO-SYMPHONIE-ORCHESTER BERLIN – MARCUS CREED
(ABC Classics (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ABC 476 5094, CD)
Niklas UngerDie Wiener Sängerknaben Featuring "Land of Sweeping Plains" by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin. The CD was produced for the choir's 2012 tour of Australia. Recorded July 19-21, 2012 (with the exception of tracks 1, 2, and 11 which were recorded in 2011). Gerald Wirth, piano; Manolo Cagnin, conductor.
CD 2 contains: Mass in E-flat major, D 950. Recorded June 19-21, 1994. Soloists include Benjamin Schmidinger, soprano (Wiener Sängerknaben); Albin Lenzer, alto (Wiener Sängerknaben); Jorg Herling & Kurt Azesberger, tenors; Harry van der Kamp, bass. Wiener Sängerknaben, Peter Marschik, chorus master. Chorus Viennensis, Guide Mancusi, chorus master. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Arno Hartmann, organ. Bruno Weil, conductor.
CD 3 contains: Mass in F major, D 105 & Mass in G major, D 167. Recorded Sept. 20-27, 1995. Soloists include, Mass in F: Alexander Nader, soprano (Wiener Sängerknaben); Thomas Puchegger, soprano (Wiener Sängerknaben); Georg Leskovich, alto (Wiener Sängerknaben); Jorg Hering & Kurt Azesberger, tenors; Harry van der Kamp, bass. Mass in G: Thomas Puchegger, soprano (Wiener Sängerknaben); Jorg Hering, tenor; Harry van der Kamp, bass. Wiener Sängerknaben, Peter Marschik, chorus master. Chorus Viennensis, Guide Mancusi, chorus master. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Arno Hartmann, organ. Bruno Weil, conductor.
CD 4 contains: Mass in B-flat major, D 324 & Mass in C major, D 452. Recorded Sept. 20-27, 1995. Soloists include, Mass in B-flat: Alexander Nader, soprano (Wiener Sängerknaben); Georg Leskovich, alto (Wiener Sängerknaben); Jorg Hering, tenor; Harry van der Kamp, bass. Mass in C: Thomas Puchegger, soprano (Wiener Sängerknaben); Bela Fischer, alto (Wiener Sängerknaben); Jorg Hering, tenor; Harry van der Kamp, bass. Wiener Sängerknaben, Peter Marschik, chorus master. Chorus Viennensis, Guide Mancusi, chorus master. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Arno Hartmann, organ. Bruno Weil, conductor.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben Requiem for soprano, boys’ choir, chorus and orchestra, op. 96 (1965–1967). Elena Kelessidi, soprano.
Gerald Wirth, choirmaster.
Prague Philharmonic Choir,
Lukáš Vasilek, choirmaster.
Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor. Live Recording. SACD
Die Wiener Sängerknaben Symphony No. 6 op. 79 (1962–1963) for boys’ choir and orchestra & Sinfonietta No. 1 in D minor op. 41 (1948). Symphony No. 6: Wiener Sängerknaben, Gerald Wirth, choirmaster; Wiener Symphoniker, Vladimir Fedoseyev, conductor. Sinfonietta No. 1: Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg,
Gérard Korsten, conductor. Live Recording. SACD
Die Wiener Sängerknaben A 2010 Japanese re-issue of four spectacular WSK recordings: "Johann Strauss/Josef Strauss: Waltzes & Polkas" (1981), "Sacred Songs" (1990, 1992, 1993), "Popular Songs and Duets by Great Masters" (1982) and "Around the World - International Folk Songs" (1992).
"Waltzes & Polkas" features popular (and a few lesser-known) polkas and waltzes by the Strauss's. Here the choir is accompanied by two pianos. "Sacred Songs" features religious works by Mozart, Bach, Haydn and others. Max Emanuel Cencic and Benjamin Schmidinger are the featured soloists. "Popular Songs and Duets by Great Masters" is a collection of beautiful solos and duets accompanied by piano and is a must-have for any WSK collector. The soloists on this album are not named but are quite memorable. "Around the World" is a collection of folk songs from around the world: thirty-two songs from everywhere from Italy, Germany, Brazil to Africa, Mexico, Japan.
All four recordings are digital [DDD], and in this reviewer’s opinion, represent some of the best recordings by this choir. Liner notes are in Japanese and lyrics appear in German with Japanese translations. [DM]
Soloists of the Wiener Sängerknaben, soprano/alto; Kurt Equiluz, tenor; Max van Egmond, Jacqued Villisech, basses; Alice Harnoncourt, cello. Concentus musicus Wien & Wiener Sängerknaben, Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben Ruxandra Donose, soprano; Marjana Lipovsek, mezzo-soprano; Mihaela Ungureanu, mezzo-soprano; Josef Hopferwieser, tenor; Michael Roider, tenor; Davide Damiani, baritone; Yu Chen, baritone; Monte Pederson, bass-baritone; Egils Silins, bass; Goran Simic, bass; Peter Koves, bass; Walter Fink, bass; Vienna State Opera Chorus; Vienna Boys Choir; Michael Gielen, conductor; Vienna State Opera Orchestra; Austrian Federal Theatres Stage Orchestra. Recorded live at the Vienna State Opera on May 29, 1997.
Die Wiener SängerknabenMax Emanuel Cencic 2 CDs and 1 DVD. The CDs include Ihre grössten Welterfolge
Strauss Son, Rodgers/Hammerstein, Mozart's Coronation Mass, Requiem, Schubert's Ave Maria ; Pueri Concinite,
Bruckner's Locis Iste & Ave Maria. The DVD is Die Schöpfung with M.E. Cencic.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben All four choirs of the Vienna Choir Boys are represented on this CD; each group performs its favorite carols. The choirs learned these carols on their tours; the carols originate from Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Portugal, the United Kingdom, the USA and of course, Austria. Nine of the twenty-one carols on this disc have been newly arranged for boys' choir and orchestra by Gerald Wirth. Recorded in Vienna, June 1999.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben Bastien Bastienne Soloists of the Vienna Boys Choir/Wiener Sängerknaben. Reissue of Columbia's 1957 (mono) recording with three anonymous soloists of the Wiener Sängerknaben.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben The polished European boys let their hair down and expose their heart in renditions of tunes normally associated with Madonna and the Backstreet Boys, and Celine Dion.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben A new approach to "old" folk songs from Austria and Germany. This CD offers a selection of alpine folk songs, which are part of the choir's touring repertoire. It includes songs about social classes or guilds, love songs, etc.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben Reissued by BMG RCA in 1999 in China and Japan.
Also reissued by Sony Music Entertainment in China in 2008.
Including lieder ,folk songs, waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss.
Track 1,3-6 conducted by Uwe Christian Harrer,recored in April 26-30,1975.
Track 2,7-15 conducted by Hans Gillesgerger,recorded in May 1-4,1979.
All tracks are recorded analog stereo.
Die Wiener SängerknabenTerry Wey Haydn, Schubert, Salieri, Mozart
Wiener Sängerknaben/Vienna Boys' Choir; Chorus Viennensis; Wiener Kammerorchester/Vienna Chamber Orchestra
Terence Wey, Wiener Sängerknabe (Sopran/Soprano, Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10); Stefan Ehrenhöfer, Wiener Sängerknabe (Alt/Alto); Mark DuBois (Tenor); Andreas Jankowitsch (Bass)
Conducted by Agnes Grossmann.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben A special edition CD included with the limited edition Steiff Wiener Sängerknabe teddy bears commemorating the 500th anniversary of the WSK, limited to an edition of 3000.
Die Wiener SängerknabenMax Emanuel Cencic Issued by EMI in Korea.
It has 2 CDs.One contains lieder,folk songs and scared songs like Shubert's Ave Maria.CD2 contains the younger Johann Strauss's waltzes and polkas,his father's radetzky march and Edelweiss and Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music.The two songs from The Sound of Music are also issued in their album Edelweiss.CD2 also contains Max Emanuel Cencic's featuring soprano solo - Strauss's Voice of Spring,which is first issued by Philips in 1992.
Max Emanuel CencicDie Wiener Sängerknaben Max Emanuel Cencic (Boy Soprano), Charles Humphries (Countertenor), Ivan Sharpe (Tenor), Robert Torday (Bass Baritone). Academy of London; Vienna Boys' Choir, Peter Marschik, conductor. Recorded in 1994. 2-CDs
Die Wiener SängerknabenPeter Jelosits This complete recording of Bach's Christmas Oratorio on 2 CDs made in 1972-73 and originally released on LPs in 1973, has Peter Jelosits as the unnamed "Solist der Wiener Sängerknaben" singing the solo soprano part (on 10 of the 65 tracks). Nikolaus Harnoncourt directs the chamber ensemble Concentus Musicus Wien of twenty-two players, who use period instruments. The alto part is sung by the counter-tenor Paul Esswood, not by a boy alto.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben Walzer und polkas van Johann Strauss. Hans Gillesberger. 10 tracks. Unknown recording date. Reissued as "The Vienna Chor Boys Sing Johann Strauss Waltzes & Polkas" (RCA Victor Gold Seal 661235, CD) 1992.
Part of Phillips Complete Mozart Edition (Philips 422 527-2). Comes with a lavish 96 page booklet with translations of the German in English, French and Italian. KV 50/46b was Mozart's first Singspiel (in one act and replaces the Italian three section sinfonia with a brief Intrada, as in Apollo and Hyacinthus). Mozart composed it when he was 12.
The single CD also contains two Mozart lieder with mandolin sung by Dominik Orieschnig (Bastienne):
"Zwei Lieder Mit Mandolinenbegleitung":
Die Zufriedenheit KV 349
Komm, liebe Zither, komm KV 351.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben Two members of the Vienna Boys Choir, soprano and alto; Peter Jelosits, tenor; Gerhard Eder, bass. Vienna Boys Choir, Chorus Viennensis, M.G. Gormley, organ; Vienna Sym. Orch., conducted by Uwe Christian Harrer. Recorded in Vienna, April 1983.
Die Wiener Sängerknaben Originally issued in 1980, then the early 1990's and again, in late 2012. Also known as "Ave Maria" and "Ave Maria: Christmas with Placido Domingo and the Vienna Choir Boys"
Die Wiener SängerknabenWerner KrennFriedemann Wonesch The Wiener Symphoniker and the Wiener Sängerknaben are under the direction of Rudolf Moralt. The soloists are: Friedemann Wonesch, boy soprano, Werner Krenn, boy alto, Erich Majkut, tenor and Walter Berry, bass. There is no date on the LP but it should be around 1957.