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Otto Nicolai conducted a "Grand Concert" on March 28, 1842 in the Großer Redoutensaal which was presented by "all the orchestra members of the imperial "Hof-Operntheater". This "Philharmonic Academy", as it was originally called, is rightly regarded as the origin of the orchestra, because all the principles of the "Philharmonic Idea", which still apply today, were put into practice for the first time:

- Only a musician who plays in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra (originally Court Opera Orchestra) can become a member of the Vienna Philharmonic.

- The orchestra is artistically, organizationally and financially autonomous, and all decisions are reached on a democratic basis in a completely independent and autonomous way during the general meeting of all members.

- The day-to-day management is the responsibility of a democratically elected body, the administrative committee.

Despite a successful start,Otto Nicolai left Vienna permanently in 1847; due to this and the Revolution in Vienna (1848) the young enterprise almost collapsed. In 1860 the orchestra gained final stability thanks to subscription concerts and the cooperation with important conductors, composers and soloists (Otto Dessoff, Hans Richter, Richard Wagner, Giuseppe Verdi, Anton Bruckner, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt). In 1877 the Vienna Philharmonic had its first performance outside of Vienna at what was then known  as the “Salzburg Musikfest” and it performed abroad for the first time at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900 with Gustav Mahler conducting.

The orchestra has been a registered association since 1908. The only significant change in all those years was to switch, in 1933, from having one conductor for a complete season of subscription concerts to the present system of having various guest conductors within a season. The Philharmonic's close relationship to Richard Strauss, of course, is of great historical importance. Further musical highlights were artistic collaborations with Arturo Toscanini, the long-lasting cooperation with Wilhelm Furtwängler and – after 1945 – with honorary conductors Karl Böhm and Herbert von Karajan as well as the Vienna Philharmonic’s honorary member Leonard Bernstein.

The Vienna Philharmonic has performed approximately 7000 concerts since his creation on all five continents, has participated in the Salzburg Festival since 1922, is permanently guest at the Festival Wiener Festwochen, the Mozart Week in Salzburg or the Lucerne Festival, has been presenting Vienna Philharmonic Weeks in New York since 1989 and in Japan since 1993. The orchestra organizes the New Year's Concert, which is broadcast internationally in over 70 countries, and the Summer Night Concert Schönbrunn in the unique ambience of the gardens of Schönbrunn palace, attended annually by up to 120,000 people.

Live Dates

18/09/2015   Vienna Philharmonic and Per Nørgård honoured in London
"Nørgård har beriget vores liv med sin kunst", sagde Wiener Filharmonikernes leder ved dette års Gramophone Awards ceremoni i London
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27/08/2015   Nørgård symphonies win Gramophone Award
The Vienna Philharmonic's recording of Per Nørgård symphonies win this year's Gramophone Award for Best Contemporary Recording
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19/08/2015   Two Gramophone nominations for Dacapo
To Dacapo-udgivelser er med i opløbet om Gramophone Awards 2015!
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11/06/2014   Per Nørgård awarded prestiguous New Yorker Prize
Danish composer Per Nørgård has been awarded the prestiguous Kravis Prize of USD 200.000 by the New York Philharmonic, which is at the same time commissioning a new orchestral work by the composer
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27/05/2014   Vienna Philharmonic ready for Norgard release
The legendary Vienna Philharmonic and conductor Sakari Oramo present two symphonies by Per Nørgård for Dacapo Records, including the world premiere recording of the composer’s 8th Symphony from 2011
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24/05/2013   Photos from Vienna
View our photo series from the first recording sessions with the Vienna Pilharmonic and Sakari Oramo in Musikverein,Vienna.
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16/05/2013   Vienna Philharmonic to record two symphonies by Per Nørgård
At the end of May, the legendary Vienna Philharmonic will be performing and recording two symphonies by Per Nørgård for Dacapo Records
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21/06/2016   Nordische Musik

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 1 & 8
6/6 Stars

"Sakari Oramo hat mit den Wiener Philharmonikern eine zeitlose Interpretation vorgelegt, die so bald nicht übertroffen werden wird. Gleichwohl bleibt zu hoffen, dass viele Dirigenten und Orchester die Herausforderung annehmen."
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01/03/2016   Hifi & Records

PER NØRGÅRD Symfonier 1 & 8
"Oramo und die Wiener bringen Puls und irrlichternde Farbigkeit dieser Musik mitreißend zur Geltung."
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16/12/2014   JC Klassisk

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 1 & 8
"Det er en fremragende cd, for Nørgårds orkesterpalet ligger godt for wienernes finpudsede klangstil."
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14/12/2014   Berlingske - ÅRETS BEDSTE 2014

Per Nørgård: Symfonier 1 & 8
"Nordisk naturlyrik og mild modernisme i skøn forening. Verdensorkestret er verdensmester i dansk musik."
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23/10/2014   NPR Music

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"It all sounds especially expressive in these performances."
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22/09/2014   Seismograf

Spejlingens genspejling
"I denne musik er den modernistiske tradition omkalfatret til uhåndgribelige musikalske fortællinger, om det der er lige for hånden og som altid straks glider ud mellem hænderne. Lyd gestaltet som liv."
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18/09/2014   Nutida Konstmusik

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"En ytterst relevant raritet."
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01/09/2014   Klassisk

To temperamenter
6/6 Stars

"Det er ofte ikke til at sige, om musikken går op eller ned, står stille eller bevæger sig - eller om det er det hele på én gang."
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29/08/2014   Gramophone - EDITOR'S CHOICE

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Great to see this superabundantly imaginative music being taken up by an institution as traditionally minded as the Vienna Philharmonic".
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27/08/2014   Hufvufstadsbladet

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Per Nørgårds musik är svårdefinierad men fascinerande i sin mångtydighet."
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01/08/2014   MusicWeb International - Recording of the Month

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Two very different works, supremely well played, conducted and recorded; surely one of the year's finest symphonic releases thus far."
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11/07/2014   theartsdesk.com

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"Nørgård subtitled the three-movement work his Sinfonia austera, and its gruff, raw power still packs a punch – the dour honesty reflecting youthful idealism."
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24/06/2014   SA-CD.net

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"DaCapo's regular recording producer Preben Iwan and sound engineer Jens Jamin have delivered an excellent concert image of the VPO set in its famous long-box hall, full of Nørgårdian minute detail, yet fully allowing the orchestra to excite the hall's rich resonance. I can think of very few VPO recordings from bigger labels which sound so natural."
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18/06/2014   Kristeligt Dagblad

Per Nørgård hyldet i New York
4/6 Stars

"Sammen udgør de to symfonier en fin introduktion til Per Nørgårds univers, så at sige i hver sin ende af karrieren."
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16/06/2014   SINFINI MUSIC

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
"If you discover only one living composer in 2014, make it Per Nørgård."
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16/06/2014   WQXR

World Premiere Recording of Per Nørgård's Robust, Brilliant Eighth Symphony
"Each note, each phrase, each movement seems guided by an overdetermining intelligence."
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12/06/2014   Berlingske

Per Nørgård: Symphonies 1 & 8
5/6 Stars

"Som en skabelse, en smuk fødsel, en omvendt naturkatastrofe."
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06/06/2014   Jyllands-Posten

En Vibrerende Understregning
"Nørgård løftes til det sublime af Oramos intelligente kunst, der lader musikken ånde gennem sin uforudsigelighed og saftige alvor."
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02/06/2014   POLITIKEN

Usædvanlig udgivelse cementerer danskers verdensry
5/6 Hjerter

"Cd’en er en rejse fra mørke til lys. Fra sort strenghed til glitrende leg."
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Photo: Richard Schuster

Discography

Symphonies 1 & 8
Symphonies 1 & 8
Per Nørgård

SACD 6.220574 (2014)

The Vienna Philharmonic’s overwhelming recording of Per Nørgård’s newest sym¬phony (2011) and the debut symphony from the 1950s


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