Harnoncourt’s choir of choice
Viennese vocal ensemble par excellence
Praised by Gramophone for its “unflawed beauty and opulence of tone”, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir has been a revered Viennese institution since 1972. The ensemble’s remarkable collaboration with the legendary Nikolaus Harnoncourt was celebrated with numerous accolades, most notably a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2002 and an Echo Klassik Prize in 2010.
Led by founding artistic director Erwin Ortner, the concert showcases Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzer, a delightful potpourri tinged by the Ländler, a rustic forerunner of the Viennese Waltz. Steeped in his Bohemian roots, Suk’s idyllic opus was inspired by an anthology of Slavic folk songs. The programme also features Drei Volksliedsätze, a signature choral work by its namesake Arnold Schoenberg and Arvo Pärt’s Nunc dimittis, both drawing their inspirations from antique yet timeless choral traditions.
Approx 1 hr 15 mins
Excerpts from Drei Volksliedsätze, Op 49
Ten Songs, Op 15
Johann Nepomuk David
Excerpts from Zehn Volksliedsätze
Liebeslieder Waltzer, Op 52 and 65
Artistic Director: Erwin Ortner