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ARNOLD SCHOENBERG CHOIR

The Arnold Schoenberg Choir was founded in 1972 by Erwin Ortner and remains one of the most sought after and versatile vocal ensembles in Austria. The choir’s repertoire ranges from Renaissance and Baroque to the present day with a focus on contemporary music. The choir has a particular interest in a cappella music, however it also regularly performs large-scale works for choir and orchestra.

As well as concert performances, the choir has also regularly taken part in opera productions, beginning with Schubert’s Fierrabras at the Vienna Festwochen in 1988 (directed by Ruth Berghaus and conducted by Claudio Abbado), and including Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise in 1992 (directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen) and the world première of Berio’s Cronaca del Luogo at the Salzburg Festival.in 1999 (directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Sylvain Cambreling). The choir is also regularly engaged in opera productions at the at the Aix en Provence festival and Theatre an der Wien; among others Janáček’s Aus einem Totenhaus, which was directed by Patrice Chéreau and conducted by Pierre Boulez. This production was voted “Best Opera production in German speaking countries 2007”.

The choir has had a close association with the conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. It has undertaken numerous concert tours and appears regularly at the Vienna Festwochen, the Salzburg festival, the Wien Modern festival, the Carinthian Summer festival and the styriarte in Graz.

In 1994 an international panel presented the choir with the “Classical music award”. The choir also received numerous prizes, including the German “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”, the “Diapason d’or”, the “Prix Caecilia” and the “Grand Prize of the Academy Awards”, for its 1996 recording of the complete choral works of Franz Schubert, which was conducted by Erwin Ortner. The choir also won a GRAMMY® award in 2002 for its recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Choir 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BACH, J.S.: Cantatas, BWV 61, 147 / Magnificat (Harnoncourt) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101531
Classical Concert
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fidelio, Op. 72a (with inserted texts by W. Jens) (Billy) Oehms Classics
OC919
Opera
HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (Staged Version) (Theater an der Wien, 2009) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
703104
Classical Concert
HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (Staged Version) (Theater an der Wien, 2009) (NTSC) C Major
703008
Classical Concert
HAYDN, J.: Schopfung (Die) (The Creation) (Kuhn) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107225
Classical Concert
HAYDN: Schopfung (Die) (The Creation) (Kuhn) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-COCREA
Classical Concert
MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2058574
Classical Concert
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 3 (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2056334
Classical Concert
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 3 (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado) (NTSC) EuroArts
2056338
Classical Concert
POULENC, F.: Dialogues des Carmelites (Matthews, Polaski, H. Brunner, Breedt, van Kerckhove, Vienna Radio Symphony, de Billy) Oehms Classics
OC931
Opera
SCHUBERT, F.: Alfonso und Estrella (Theater an der Wien, 1997) (NTSC) Naxos
2.110260
Opera DVD
SCHUBERT, F.: Mass No. 6, D. 950 / MOZART, W.A.: Missa solemnis in C Minor, "Waisenhausmesse" (Abbado) (Salzburg Festival, 2012) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10261
Classical Concert
SCHUBERT, F.: Mass No. 6, D. 950 / MOZART, W.A.: Missa solemnis in C Minor, "Waisenhausmesse" (Abbado) (Salzburg Festival, 2012) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20261
Classical Concert





 
 
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