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There is perhaps no other musical ensemble more consistently and closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music than the Vienna Philharmonic. In the course of its history, the musicians of this most prominent orchestra of the capital city of music have been an integral part of a musical epoch which due to an abundance of uniquely gifted composers and interpreters must certainly be regarded as unique.

The orchestra's close association with this rich musical history is best illustrated by the statements of countless pre-eminent musical personalities of the past. Richard Wagner described the orchestra as being one of the most outstanding in the world; Anton Bruckner called it "the most superior musical association"; Johannes Brahms counted himself as a "friend and admirer"; Gustav Mahler claimed to be joined together with the orchestra through "the bonds of musical art"; and Richard Strauss summarized these sentiments by saying: "All praise of the Vienna Philharmonic reveals itself as understatement."

Current album

Bruckner: Complete Symphonies Edition

Artists Wiener Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

Release Date: 10/13/2023

Sony Classical is proud to release the full cycle of Bruckner's symphonies recorded by the Vienna Philharmonic under Christian Thielemann on CD and digitally.

The box set, featuring the composer's nine numbered symphonies, his "Study Symphony," and his "Nullified" symphony, will incorporate 11 CDs and a 172-page booklet.

This release constitutes the first complete recording of the Austrian composer’s symphonies from the orchestra under a single conductor. Christian Thielemann enjoys a strong rapport with the Vienna Philharmonic and has established himself as one of his generation’s most esteemed interpreter of the Romantic Austro-German repertoire.