Sacred Choral Music / Vienna Boys Choir

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Label: CAPRICCIO
Catalog: C7317
Format: CD

Kuchar, Michaela; Schwarz, Gotthold; Hromada, Heinz; Symphonieorchester der Volksoper Wien; Stuttgarter Philharmoniker; Schmidinger, Benjamin; Schmid, Gertraud; Torday, Robert; Vienna Boys Choir, soloist; Ficke, Harald; Schnner, Werner; Pfeifer, Andreas; Staudigt, Alfred; Chorus Viennensis; Cencic, Max Emanuel; Arbeiter, Klaus; Bauer, Christian; Wiener Sängerknaben; Ragin, Derek Lee; Humphries, Charles; Huemer, Harald; Henkes, Thomas; Sternberger, Edwin; Marschik, Peter; Preyer, Gerhard; Preyer, Stefan; Ac

The Vienna Boys’ Choir is one of the oldest boys’ choirs in the world and still a living tradition after more than 500 years. Even Haydn sang there and Schubert also commenced his musical career there. Antonio Salieri was a member of the admissions jury. What is captivating about these recordings is, on the one hand, the clarity of the textual and musical declamation and, on the other, a very special authentic charm deriving from the slight Viennese accent. In the performance by the Vienna Boys’ Choir, it is a question not just of perfect pronunciation and intonation, but also of a sensual musical element that is frequently overlooked in Mozart and Haydn, but that is absolutely vital.

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