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    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    Also known as the Wiener Philharmoniker this orchestra was originally formed as the Philharmonic Academy by Carl Otto Nicolai in 1842.  Once he left in 1847 they were fairly inactive until 1860 but when they were joined by the conductor Carl Eckert they began giving subscription concerts.  They have played host to many of the world's acclaimed conductors over the years including Hans Richter, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini and Herbert von Karajan.  It is an independent orchestra where the decisions are made by the members through a democratic vote.  Every year they give a concert on New Year's Day in Vienna which is dedicated to the Strauss family.  They have been named as Europe's finest orchestra and the waiting list for concert subscriptions is 6 years for weekdays and 13 years for weekends.  They have not been without their problems though and have undergone accusations of feminism (women were not allowed to be full members until 1997) and racism.

     

    Adolphe Charles Adam recordings

    Giselle

    Decca 0289 473 171-28 (2 CD set - Essential Ballet - 37 Masterpieces)

    Conductor - Herbert von Karajan

    Giselle

    Decca 0289 475 7507 (CD - Adam: Giselle)

    Conductor - Herbert von Karajan

    O Holy Night

    Decca 468 503-2 (CD - Christmas Adagios)

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor - Herbert von Karajan

    Soprano - Leontyne Price

    O Holy Night

    London 421 103-2 (CD - Christmas Songs)

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    Soprano - Leontyne Price

     

    Source:

    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vienna_Philharmonic_Orchestra#History

     

     

     

     

     

     



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