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Wiener Philharmoniker (Orchestra)

Formed: 1842

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The Vienna Philharmonic (VPO; German: Wiener Philharmoniker) is an orchestra that was founded in 1842 and is considered to be one of the finest in the world.

The Vienna Philharmonic is based at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Its members are selected from the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Selection involves a lengthy process, with each musician demonstrating their capability for a minimum of three years' performance for the opera and ballet. After this probationary period, the musician may request an application for a position in the orchestra from the Vienna Philharmonic's board.

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Recording of the Week, Sakari Oramo conducts symphonies by Per Nørgård

Sakari Oramo and the Vienna Philharmonic take James on a trip to Denmark with two symphonies by Per Nørgård.

Recording of the Week, New Year's Concert 2014

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in the traditional New Year’s Day programme of waltzes, polkas and marches from the Strauss Family and friends.

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