St. Florian Boys Choir
South-East Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Europe (project-related)
About the choir
The convent St. Florian located in the heart of Austria (between the music metropolis’ Vienna and Salzburg) is not only one of Austria’s most magnificent baroque structures, but is also one of the most significant cultural centres. Founded in 1071 the St. Florian Boys’ Choir is one of the Boys’ Choirs with the most tradition in the world. The famous composer Anton Bruckner, who was buried under "his" organ in the convent cathedral, also emanated from the Boys' Choir, as did numerous other great musicians.
Production of sacred music is still one of the most important functions of the boys' choir. Apart from this, they are also musical ambassadors for Austria everywhere in the world. Throughout the past decade, the choir has travelled all over the world, participating in significant musical festivals (amongst others, the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Festival, Festival d’Aix en Provence) repeatedly cooperating with the famous orchestras (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Bruckner Orcherster, …) and conductors. Franz Welser-Möst, director of the Cleveland Orchestra and former director of music of the Vienna State Opera, is the honorary president of the society "Friends of the St. Florian Boys' Choir".
Soloists of the St. Florian Boys' Choir regularly sing the parts composed for boys (e. g. the "Three Boys" in Mozart’s "Magic flute" in great opera houses (Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Berlin, Verona, Barcelona, Aix en Provence, amongst others) and on CD (Rene Jacobs).
With an aim towards expanding the repertoire of the Boys’ Choir, the Men’s Choir of the St. Florian
Boys’ Choir was founded in 1989. Its ranks are made up for the most part of former Choir Boys who have continued to receive voice training and/or become professional singers, some of whom also
perform in other renowned ensembles.
Soloists who are members of the Men’s Choir also form small ensembles, which perform mostly in concerts by the Boys’ Choir and sometimes also as groups in their own right.
The wide range of discography of the St. Florian Boys' Choir does not only comprise traditional Austrian music, folk music and Christmas carols, but also recordings of old music in cooperation with renowned prestigious ensembles on historical instruments.
The director of music ever since 1983, has been Franz Farnberger, who, after completing his studies in Vienna, conducted the Vienna Boys' Choir for eight years and was also teaching at the Anton Bruckner University.
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Fuldaer Zeitung (on a concert in the series “Nieder-Mooser Konzertsommer”
…Tonal accuracy, perfectly balanced and always inspiring dynamics, vocal agility, radiant good cheer and the occasional dramatic interlude were the hallmarks of this choir. … Even with the smallest boys in the many solo segments, also in duets or trio pieces, the astounding quality of their training could be heard in their voices. Every individual was just as much a soloist as a choir singer. …
Michael Wruss, OÖ Nachrichten (on the production of the light opera “The Village Barber” at the Brucknerhaus in Linz)
…under the skilled direction of Michael Nowak, the Choir Boys were quickly in top form and sang, recited and played for all they were worth.
Thorsten Preuß, BR Klassik (Bavarian Broadcasting Classical Radio on the CD “Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Missa Alleluja, Nisi Dominus” )
… and how wonderful it is that Gunar Letzbor chooses not to use women singers, but rather, in tribute to history, the fantastic soloists of the St. Florian Boys’ Choir! During the Ascension one almost feels the angels nearby…
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (on the “Three Boys” in Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Vienna Volksoper)
…absolutely excellent: the three St. Florian Choir Boys who, in the tricky Fugato with Pamina, melted together with her vocally in the highest tonal homogeneity.
This is not the full list. You can find a all recordings here.