Orchester Wiener Akademie
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Vienna (Austria)
Vienna (Austria)
"The Infernal Comedy", "The Giacomo Variations", "Re-Sound Beethoven"
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NCA, CPO, Arts, Novalis, Capriccio
Short Biography
Since its founding in 1985 by the distinguished conductor and organist Martin Haselböck, Orchester Wiener Akademie has gained international praise for its unmistakably Austrian musicality, virtuosity, refinement and energy.
Orchester Wiener Akademie is the only Austrian orchestra to offer performances of repertoire from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and early Twentieth-Century eras on period instruments, as well as performances of contemporary repertoire on modern instruments.

The orchestra’s annual cycle of concerts in Vienna’s Musikverein has become a popular fixture in the city’s musical calendar, with past guest-artists that include Daniel Hope, Thomas Hampson, Elisabeth Kulman, Cyprien Katsaris, Isabelle Faust, Soile Isokoski, Cecilia Bartoli, and many others.

The Orchester Wiener Akademie has released more than 40 recordings in a wide range of repertoire, including the masses of Schubert, Bruckner’s First Symphony, Haydn’s three “Times of the Day” symphonies and rarer works by Fux, Porpora and Graun.

Orchester Wiener Akademie tours extensively.  In the past two seasons the orchestra has performed in more than 20 countries on three continents.  They have appeared at international music festivals and concert series such as the Prague Spring Festival, Frankfurter Fest, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Wiener Festwochen, Klangbogen, Carinthischer Sommer, Cuenca Festival, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Handel Festival Halle and many others.  The orchestra has appeared in major concert halls worldwide, including Barbican Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Toronto’s Massey Hall, Château de Versailles, Palais Garnier, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Izumi Hall Osaka, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Philharmonie Köln, Palau de la Musica and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

In 2014 conductor Martin Haselböck established an important new concert series in Vienna, RESOUND Beethoven, performing the composer’s symphonies and other orchestral works with Orchester Wiener Akademie in the historical Vienna venues of their earliest performances.  The series has become an enormous success, opening the 2015/16 season with three sold-out performances of the Ninth Symphony in the Great Redoutensaal of the Hofburg Palace.  The series coincides with a new recorded cycle of the symphonies on the French label Alpha, including a recording of Beethoven’s music to Goethe’s Egmont, featuring the actor John Malkovich as narrator in a new English version by Christopher Hampton

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