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Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg

Concerts by the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg are highly and regularly acclaimed by the public and critics as listening and sound experiences of a special kind – not least thanks to the typical characteristic features and sound aesthetics evolved by principal conductor Hansjörg Angerer who plans and presents the programmes. Since it was founded in 2002, the orchestra, which is made up of select instrumentalists and graduates of the Mozarteum University in Salzburg from a great variety of countries, has made 18 magnificent CDs which have been enthusiastically received by the press. The specialist journal "CLARINO" wrote: “The quality of playing of the members of the orchestra is extraordinary as is the conducting by Hansjörg Angerer. The CDs are a must on the record shelves of every fan of sophisticated wind music”. The grand project of a CD box with six splendid live recordings (2009/2010) was described by critics as the “zenith of symphonic wind music”.

The horn player Hansjörg Angerer, who is also a professor at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and at the Nuremberg University of Music, is principal conductor of the orchestra. In various constellations and occasionally with guest conductors the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg plays contemporary compositions as well as works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, and also traditional Austrian music. The Bläserphilharmonie was highly acclaimed at the world premiere of the opera Die Sennenpuppe by Ernst Ludwig Leitner and also at magnificent concerts in St. Petersburg, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna.

“Fresh melodies, uninhibitedly romantic and truly rousing” was the verdict of a critic writing about the exceptional orchestra. Members of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg, many of whom have demonstrated their exceptional talent as prize-winners in national and international competitions, also play in renowned orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, the Vienna Symphony, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the Camerata Salzburg, the RSO Frankfurt, the Saarland State Theatre Orchestra, the orchestra of Hanover State Opera House, the Tyrol Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of North German Radio Hannover, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Duisburg Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Barcelona Philharmonic, the Laibach State Opera Orchestra, the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, the Budapest State Opera Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, West German Radio Orchestra Cologne, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Vienna Volksoper, RSO Vienna, Hanover State Theatre Orchestra and the orchestra of Würzburg Theatre.

The members of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg come from 24 different countries: Austria, Spain, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, France, Russia, Japan, China, South Korea, Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Canada, Israel, Slovakia, Norway, Finland.

"The Zenith of Symphonic Wind Music"

The Zenith of Symphonic Wind Music “The Berlin Philharmonic and the
Vienna Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic
and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are
considered throughout the world to be unsurpassed leading orchestras.
When it comes to wind ensembles, the same is true
of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg.”

Cover story “The Zenith of Symphonic Wind Music”
Eurowinds, March/April 2010

The Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg was founded in 2002 by Hansjörg Angerer who is the ensemble’s principal conductor. With their enthusiastically acclaimed New Year’s concerts they have “established a highly sought-after and well attended regular date in Salzburg’s music calendar” (Kronenzeitung). Since the premiere in 2004 audiences and critics have been equally enthusiastic. The New Year’s Concerts by the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg have evolved and become a success story which since 2010 has continued in the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg to capacity audiences numbering over 2,200 visitors. The specially compiled programmes feature different themes, such as Le Rendez-vous de Chasse (2010), Musical Gems from Bohemia and Vienna (2011) and Musical Gems from Russia and Vienna (2012).

Under the heading “Repertoire gems from Salzburg” the specialist magazine eurowinds unequivocally praised the orchestra’s virtuosity, “The Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg has presented all kinds of styles in many concerts and CD recordings, always of the highest standard... At the New Year’s Concert 2011 the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg conducted by Hansjörg Angerer enthralled their audience with sophisticated wind music in convincing interpretations. The orchestra proved itself once again to be one of the few ensembles on the international wind music scene that has its own distinctive, individual sound and unmistakable style.”

Particular characteristics of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg are the unconventional programmes, special sound aesthetics as well as the intensity of the music-making. The specialist magazine "CLARINO", reviewing the live recording of the New Year’s Concert 2010, is full of praise: “Principal conductor Angerer’s ideas of balance and tempi again prove to be crisp, incisive and gripping. Conductor and orchestra are perfectly in tune with each other and produce an unmistakable, homogeneous sound. A prime example of how music by Rossini and Strauss should sound when played by a wind orchestra.”

“Top class wind music, listening and
sound experiences of a special kind –
unmistakable homogeneous
sound of the orchestra.”

“Original works and sensitively
balanced stylistic arrangements
for symphonic winds.”