The Vienna Boys Choir

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.

Discography

Angelic Voices

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

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".

8496 CD $15.98

Portrait

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)

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.

7697 CD $12.98

Amazing Grace

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

Another fine collection of classic songs from this world-class choir. Also includes extensive liner notes.

8397 CD $12.98

Vienna Boys Goes Pop

My Heart Will Go On
All You Need Is Love
Get Down (You're the One for Me)
Fantasy
The Power of Goodbye
Nothing Else Matters
Nothing Compares 2 U
Message in a Bottle
Supreme
Eternal Flame
Burning Down the House
Only Time

Here for the first time in their 500 years of singing this world-famous boys choir sings covers of popular modern music. Fans of the group will find this recording a pleasant change with the high standards they exemplify the group very much evident.

8597 CD $15.95

Sacred Works

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

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".

8577 CD $12.95

Edelweiss

Johann Strauss:
- An der schonen, blauene Donau
- Annen-Polka op. 117 (arr. Theimer)
- G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald
- Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Dorfschwalben aus Osterreich (Joseph Strauss)
Pizzicato-Polka (Johann & Joseph Strauss)
Morgenblatter (Johann Strauss)
Radetzky-Marsch (Johann Strauss)
Tausend and eine Nacht (Johann Strauss)
Heidenroslein (Traditional)
Die Zauberflote (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen (Heinrich Isaac)
Aba Heidschi Mumbeidschi (Traditional)
Edelweiss (Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein)
Do-Re-Mi (Richard Rodgers / Oscar Hammerstein)

This lively recording by the Vienna Boys' Choir features waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss, Sr. and Jr. These and other pieces such as the trio from The Magic Flute by Mozart represent the abundant musical heritage of Vienna. Also, included are "Edelweiss" and "Do-Re-Mi" from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein. This CD is a true Viennese treat.
7292 CD $9.98


The Christmas Album

Sleigh Ride/Troika
Mary's Boy Child
Happy Christmas (war is over)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
The Christmas Song (chestnuts roasting)
Jingle Bells
Jingle Bell Rock
Ukraine Bell Carol
Wexford Carol
Suo-Gan
O Holy Night
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth
Wonderful Christmas Time
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Coventry Carol
Away in a Manger

The Vienna Boys Choir is world reknowned and with good reason. This fine combination of traditional and modern Christmas selections, is one of the best Christmas albums by the Choir. Many pieces are well known standards, and have been rewritten in ways that keep the music fresh, interesting and new!

8988 CD $15.95

Christmas Angels

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

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.

8970 CD $9.95

Christmas with Placido Domingo / Hermann Prey

Adeste Fideles
O Tannenbaum
Good Christian Men, Rejoice
Frau Nachtigallm, Wach Auf
Pueri Concinite
Stille Nacht
Von Himmel Hoch
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
Ding Dong! Merrilly 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
Panis Angelicus
Es Ist Ein Ros' Entsprungen
Tochter Zion, Freue Dich
Joseph, Lieber Joseph Mein
Lied Der Hirten
O Heiland, Reiss Die Himmel Auf
Die Konige
Ave Maria

This recording is a combination of two earlier releases: "Domingo and the Vienna Boys Choir" and "Hermann Prey and the Vienna Boys Choir," now out of print. The variety of tenor and bass/ baritone voices, combined with the boys' voices is outstanding. All the singers are in top form and the songs are not all the usual trite fair, though there are some familiar titles. All in all, this is a wonderful Christmas experience and highly recommended.

8971 CD $9.95

Christmas With

Mass in C Major K. 317 "Coronation" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart):
- Kyrie
- Gloria
- Credo
- Sanctus
- Benedictus
- Agnus Dei
Cantata "Ich hatte Viel Bekummernis" (Johann Sebastian Bach):
Prima Parte:
- Sinfonia
- Corro
- Aria
- Recitativo
- Aria
- Coro
Seconda Parte:
- Recitativo
- Duetto
- Coro
- Aria
- Coro

The incomparable Vienna Boys' Choir sings two masterpieces with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. Led by Peter Marschik, the ensemble performs the "Coronation" Mass in C Major by W.A. Mozart and "Ich hatte viel Bekummernis," by J.S. Bach. The Coronation Mass is traditionally believed to have been written for the crowning of an image of the Virgin Mary in a church near Salzburg. Bach's cantata was written to be sung the third Sunday after Trinity. Both pieces have lovely solo moments, particularly the mournful "Seufzer, Thranen, Kummer, Not," for soprano with oboe obbligato.
7256 CD $9.95


Vienna Boys Choir: The Messiah - - Highlights

The most beloved section of Handel's Messiah from the Vienna Boys' Choir's recording can be heard on this CD. It contains selections from all three parts including, "And the glory of the Lord," "For unto us a child is born," "Hallelujah," "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain- Amen" and many more. The chorus is accompanied by the Academy of London, Peter Marschik, conductor.

7234 CD $9.95


Carols From North America and Europe

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

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.

8396 CD $9.95

Vienna Boys Choir: A Mozart Celebration

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

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.

8440 DVD $29.98

Vienna Boys Choir: Mozart - Waisenhaus Mass & Ave verum corpus

Waisenhaus Mas
-Kyrie
-Gloria
-Credo
-Sanctus-Benedictus
-Agnus Dei
Alma Dei Creatoris
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei
Inter Natos Mulierum
Sub Tuum Praesidium
Ave Verum Corpus

The world-renowned Vienna Boys' Choir presents a selection of Mozart's beautiful sacred works, ranging from the magnificent "Waisenhaus Mass" - an early master piece from the twelve-year-old composer - to the celebrated and sublime "Ave verum corpus," written in the last year of his life.

6381 DVD $29.98

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