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date: 13 October 2019

Arnold Schoenberg Choirlocked

  • Harald Goertz

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Austrian choir. It was founded in 1972 by Erwin Ortner, who in 1996 was appointed rector of the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. The choir's name reflects three of its main emphases: Austrian music, new music, and a commitment to the works of Arnold Schoenberg. The choir is made up largely of students and former students of the Hochschule für Musik and expands or contracts according to the works it performs. For example, the choir was reduced to 12 voices for Messiaen's Cinq rechants and was augmented to 120 for his opera Saint François d'Assise (1992 and 1998, Salzburg Festival). Whatever the numbers, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir always aims for a chamber musical transparency of texture. The choir has recorded Schubert's complete choral music under Ortner and Harnoncourt, and has toured the USA with Harnoncourt (1997); it has recorded the major choral music of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven under Harnoncourt. It has also given broadcasts of contemporary Austrian music. In ...

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