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Wiener Philharmoniker

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The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (in German: Wiener Philharmoniker) is the best known orchestra in Austria and one of the best ensembles in the world. Its home base is the world-famous Musikverein. The members of the orchestra are chosen from the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera.

The orchestra can trace its origins back to 1842, when Otto Nicolai formed what he called a “Philharmonic Academy”; it was an orchestra which was fully independent, and which took all its decisions by a democratic vote of all its members. These are principles the orchestra still holds today. Since 1933, the orchestra has had no one principal conductor, but instead has a number of guest conductors. These have included almost a great number of the world’s best known conductors, including Richard Strauss, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti, Erich Kleiber, Carlos Kleiber, Leonard Bernstein, and Claudio Abbado.

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  • Borbus

    "Peculiar; who, when asked by a friend what they've been listening to, says the Vienna Philharmonic? Surely it's the *composer* one listens to, as performed by an orchestra, etc." This is simply due to the fact that music tagging was originally developed for popular music rather than classical. In fact, what the "artist" field almost always means is the performer, not the composer. Who is the song "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by? Aerosmith or Diane Warren? Most people haven't heard of the writer of popular music pieces. This is consistent with tagging the artist as the performer. In my library I have both the composer and conductor tagged also, but last.fm doesn't seem to pick up on these.

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    Hi, there's a new Conductors group on Last.fm!

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • fripp

    Why should you treat them differently to a cover band? Technically it's the same. Of course you listen to the Vienna Philharmonic, who are performing certain compositions often enough from different composers.

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Grosseteste

    Peculiar; who, when asked by a friend what they've been listening to, says the Vienna Philharmonic? Surely it's the *composer* one listens to, as performed by an orchestra, etc.

    4 Sep 2007 Reply

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