A distinguished orchestra and its DG connections
Earliest photo of the Vienna Philharmonic (Vienna, 1864)
Herbert von Karajan recorded Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony no fewer than five times in the course of his long career. The fifth and last of these recordings was made with the Vienna Philharmonic in February 1985 as part of his final contract with the orchestra.
Leonard Bernstein, who made his first recording with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1966, set down complete cycles of the Brahms symphonies and concertos with the orchestra during the 1980s.
Claudio Abbado made his first recording with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1973. Joined at the Musikverein by soloist Nathan Milstein, they recorded the masterpiece that is Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor.
Between 1972 and 1979 Karl Böhm recorded Mozart’s complete wind concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic. At the conductor’s equest, all the soloists were drawn from the ranks of the orchestra.
To date, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has recorded three albums with the Vienna Philharmonic – two with Herbert von Karajan and one with James Levine – achieving enormous artistic and commercial success on each occasion. This playful reading of Sarasate’s “Zigeunerweisen” was made at the Vienna Musikverein in November 1992.
Text by: Dr. Ewald Markl
Dr. Clemens Hellsberg
Translation: Bettina Wohlert