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XXIIIMIMF – Vienna Boys Choir

October 26, 2009

Finally… finally… FINALLY!!!!! This year I managed to get tickets for the Vienna Boys Choir. In the past years, the Vienna Boys Choir were always free church shows, so I was never able to get my hands on those tickets. This year, they’ve put the Vienna Boys Choir show on paid ticketing, so… this is how I managed!!

Program

Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) Vergnugungszug Polka, op.281
Johann Strauss II (1825-1899) Tritsch Tratsch Polka, op.214
Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611) Tenebrae factae sunt, responsory for four voices
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Gloria from Nicolai Mass, Hob. XXII:6
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Nachthelle, op. posth.134, D.892
Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Die Forelle, op.32, D.550
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) La passeggiata “Finche sereno e il cielo”, from Peches de vieillesse, Vol.1 Album Italiano
Andy Icochea Icochea (b.1973) Psalm
Carl Orff (1895-1982) O Fortuna (Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi), from Carmina Burana
Queen – Barcelona, We are the Champions
ABBA – Mamma Mia, Chiquitia, Thank you for the music
Finnish folksong – Ievan Polkka
Uzbek folksong – Schoch Va Gado
Indian folksong – Jog.wa, bhajan from Kolhapur
Chinese folksongs – Alamuhan, Gau Shan Ching
Li Haiying (b.1954) Wan wan de yue liang
Austrian folksongs – Singa is ins’re Freud!, Wann Du durchgehst durchs Tal, Und wanns amal schen aper wird, Waldhansl
Johan Strauss II – Leichtes Blut, fast Polka, op.319
Johan Strauss II – Kaiser-Walzer, Waltz, op.437
Encore
We are the World
Chinese folksong

I am, however, slightly disappointed by the choir. Well, the boys were able to sing well, I don’t doubt that… but the wow factor simply wasn’t there. Perhaps it was my long-anticipation that led me to have really high expectations? I just think I’ve heard better choirs in little old Macau.

First, it was the standing arrangement. Back when I was in the choir, we were not allowed to move, swing, tilt, nothing, nada. We had to stand there and not move best we could. The boys here however, were standing at differing distances between each other, one placed his weight back and forth to the left and right leg many, many times throughout the show, the other was swaying and swinging his hands…

I immediately fell in love with the Tenebrae piece, the vocals were beautiful there! Then O Fortuna, and more specifically, the ending of O Fortuna was simply breathtaking! This is the kind of choir/church music I like!

After the interval, they sang the more modern stuff and the folk stuff. The Indian folksong was really interesting! It had a very nice beat to it, so I liked it very much. And then with the Austrian folksongs, it was so cute! Four boys left half way and when they sang Und wanns amal schen aper wird, they came back out in Lederhosen and started dancing those yodeling song-dance… so CUTE!!! I wonder if it’s hard to dance those moves…?

I think they could have been better. Or, perhaps, they should have brought a larger group? The choice of pieces was very well-thought, so no complaints on that.

The two girls sitting next to me though, were really annoying. They kept talking and asking/making stupid questions/comments. Hey, cut them some slack, they don’t speak Mandarin, so when singing those Chinese/Mandarin songs, of course they sound a little funny! And no, the reason they wave at us at the end is not because of it being any Austrian custom to wave. They’re waving because they’re saying bye-bye-no-more-encore-please-go-home, just like when you Chinese wave, just like when other Americans wave, just like the Portuguese, Germans, Japanese, whatever, whoever else. When you’re in a show, just shut your trap, please! Honestly!

Anyway… yeah yeah! This was a dream come true, to see the Vienna Boys Choir!!! Now I have only one show left…

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