The Chorus Viennensis was founded in 1952 as a male choir consisting only of former members of the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir.
Over the years the Chorus Viennensis has performed – mostly in cooperation with the Vienna Boys’ Choir – many concerts in Austria and abroad (USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Venezuela, and many European countries) singing mainly programmes of sacred music under the direction of many outstanding conductors.
The Chorus Viennensis has also made several recordings with the Vienna Boys Choir. Particularly noteworthy are the Bach recordings under Nikolaus Harnoncourt made in the 1960s and 70s, which set new standards in the interpretation of music from the Baroque era.
The current choir consists of about 50 singers of different ages. In addition to its commitment to for men’s choral singing, it is one of the declared aims of the Chorus Viennensis to offer members the opportunity to be active in a community that combines two things: a shared history, and the love of music.
In 1988 the International “Franz Schubert” Competition for Male Choirs took place in Vienna and The Chorus Viennensis (under the direction of Guido Mancusi) was awarded the First Prize. They were awarded the Mozart Interpretation Prize by the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences in 1992.
The Viennese chorus has also made several recordings with the Vienna Boys Choir. Particularly noteworthy are the Bach recordings under Nikolaus Harnoncourt , which set new standards in the interpretation of old music in the 1960s and 1970s.
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