The Salzburg Wind Philharmonic under its principal conductor Hansjörg Angerer played its debut concert with great success on 6 January 2023 in the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg. The concert was broadcast live on Servus TV in Austria, Germany and Switzerland
Since 2010 the Bläserphilharmonie has given an annual New Year’s Concert, taking inspiration from the Vienna Philharmonic, and it has become a regular feature of cultural life in Salzburg. This year the Bläserphilharmonie Salzburg performed cheerful Viennese and English music of the light entertainment genre on the theme Friends, life is worth living! for an enthusiastic capacity audience in the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg.
Dr. Leon J. Bly, USA, Dirigent.
Langjähriger Präsident der „World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles“ WASBE und Mitglied der „Internationalen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung und Förderung der Blasmusik“.

The concert began with the waltz Hereinspaziert! (Come on in!) by Carl Michael Ziehrer, and the title had many special meanings for this concert: an invitation to the actual concert, to the New Year and to the phenomenal sound of the newly founded orchestra.

The concert continued with the rousing overture to Ziehrer’s operetta Die Landstreicher, thus setting the atmosphere for the first half of the programme. After the humorous march Jetzt geht’s los (Off it goes) by Franz Lehár, tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi gave an excellent and heart-warming interpretation of Lehár’s song Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert. Hats off not only for Thammathi’s outstanding singing but also for an excellent conductor and a masterful arranger who knew how to keep everything perfectly balanced.

Without music by Johann Strauss II such a concert would be incomplete, and one of his waltzes and the polka Leichtes Blut (Light Blood) followed. It was especially wonderful to hear the rarely played Lagoon Waltz ‘Ach, wie so herrlich zu schau’n’ (Oh, how wonderful they are to watch).

Tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi returned to the stage to sing songs by Robert Stolz and Carl Millöcker. He gave an enthralling performance of ‘Ob blond, ob braun, ich liebe alle Frau’n’ (Whether blond or brunette, I love all women) by Robert Stolz as well as Millöcker’s ‘Ich habe kein Geld, bin vogelfrei’ (I have no money, am free as a bird). The never-ending applause was rewarded with a magnificent rendering of the song Granada as an encore. The first half of the concert ended with an excellent interpretation of the waltz Mein Lebenslauf ist Lieb’ und Lust’ by Josef Strauss.

The second half of the concert had a very British touch with music by five English composers. After a wonderful interpretation of the overture to the operetta H.M.S. Pinafore by Arthur Sullivan, Angerer put his orchestra to a hard test with the second piece, the fourth movement ‘Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity’ from the orchestral suite The Planets by Gustav Holst, which these outstanding musicians of course mastered with ease. The third piece was the Cinderella Phantasy by Eric Coates, rarely heard outside Great Britain. This is a pity because this fascinating composition has much to offer, especially when it is played with such supreme musicality as in this concert.
By choosing the first movement Seventeen Come Sunday from the English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Angerer gave his leader, Wenzel Fuchs, solo clarinettist of the Berlin Philharmonic, the chance to perform as soloist. Afterwards superb interpretations of three English Dances by Malcolm Arnold were to be heard. The orchestra demonstrated its virtuoso skills and presented another highlight of this programme.
So as not to create a false impression, it must be said that it is not merely the virtuosity that is so remarkable, but also the all-pervading phenomenal musicality of the orchestra and its conductor.

The official programme came to an end with the march The Dam Busters by Eric Coates, a march which the author of this review has heard hundreds of times but never in such a convincing interpretation. Perhaps only an Austrian conductor can give such an interpretation of this march. The tumultuous applause at the end demanded an encore of course, until Angerer finally brought the concert to a close with the Radetzky March.

All the works on this programme were transcriptions by Albert Schwarzmann. It has long been well known that he creates excellent orchestrations of the kind of music in the first half of the concert, but his transcriptions of the three English Dances by Malcolm Arnold were absolutely magnificent. One might ask oneself whether a new version of an original wind orchestra composition such as Seventeen Come Sunday by Vaughan Williams is necessary. Here, however, it is a matter of an old tradition whereby conductors update older works to accommodate their ideas of orchestral sound. For instance, Gustav Mahler made new adaptations of Beethoven’s symphonies and Sir Thomas Beecham commissioned Eugene Goossens in 1950 to make an arrangement of Handel’s Messiah for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Salzburg Wind Philharmonic is a world-class orchestra and the Epiphany Concert can rightly be compared with the New Year’s Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Finally, it must be said that it is not only the extreme musicality of the orchestra that is impressive but the joy that these excellent musicians convey when playing in this formation.

Leon J. Bly

... Hansjörg Angerer and his musicians of course perform this little jewel (Lanner’s waltz Die Mozartisten) with filigree finesse and it sparkles in such a way as can only be achieved by the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg … Suppè’s overture to the operetta Pique Dame is very popular nowadays, not least because of its widespread performance in the wind music scene. The interpretation by the Bläserphilharmonie certainly makes one sit up and listen because to be sure the prelude has never been heard played like this before. Simply magnificent! ...
Review of the CD Klang der Donaumonarchie in eurowinds
(international specialist journal, Germany)
November/December 2019
… and it is of course also due to principal conductor Hansjörg Angerer whose orchestra creates such a convincing impression with the characteristic and typical sound aesthetics evolved by him. This is highly emotional, energetic, enthusiastic. The interplay with the Salzburg Bach Choir is also fascinating ...
Review of the CD Durch die Wälder, durch die Auen in Clarino
(international specialist journal, Germany)
September 2018
... the New Year’s Concert of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg was again a real triumph ... It is certainly interesting to compare the interpretation of the Triumphant March Gloria all’Egitto from the opera Aida by Verdi with the performance at the Salzburg Festival in 2017 conducted by Riccardo Muti. Hansjörg Angerer and the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg have here recorded a valid wind version that can always be used for reference ...
Review of the CD Viva l’Italia in eurowinds
(international specialist journal, Germany)
November/December 2017
… this homage to Italy … is further proof of the excellent work that has been carried out for decades at the Mozarteum. All those involved are students or graduates of this renowned teaching institution …
Review of the CD Viva l’Italia in Clarino
(international specialist journal, Germany)
September 2017
… the result is that we here have one of the most unusual and at the same time most convincing CDs from the sphere of entertaining wind music for the concert hall. Without exaggeration it is a great hit ...
Review of the CD Musikalische Verführung. Frühling in Salzburg in eurowinds
(international specialist journal, Germany)
September/October 2017
... What this wonderful work [Radetzky-Marsch by Johann Strauss father] often has to suffer, immediately becomes apparent when you listen to the Salzburg recording: utmost musicality, the incomparable Salzburg sound and Angerer’s interpretation which makes you forget how this march is repeatedly misused …
Review of the CD Wien – New York. Wiener G’schichten aus der Neuen Welt in eurowinds
(international specialist journal, Germany)
January/February 2017
... The interpretation of works by Walton and Elgar by the Salzburgers is so thrilling and “British to the core” that Hansjörg Angerer and his Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg should really be awarded the OBE ... The recording on two CDs can as always be referred to when one would like to show what is the essence of wind music and how it should sound …
Review of the CD Wien trifft London in eurowinds
(international specialist journal, Germany)
November/December 2015
... on the other hand it is totally undisputed that the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg is one of the true symphonic wind orchestras in Central Europe and on an international level is indeed one of the best ensembles in this category of orchestras … The Salzburg interpretation of this “socialist ballet” [Ginastera’s ballet Estancia] puts everything else in the shade that was previously known in the United States … In this concert Hansjörg Angerer and the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg undoubtedly ventured out to new shores with wind versions that make it easy to forget the symphonic original …
Review of the CD Eine musikalische Reise von Wien über Spanien nach Lateinamerika in eurowinds
(international specialist journal, Germany)
May/June 2015
... Jewels of symphonic wind music which again undisputedly characterize the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg as a leading ensemble among European wind orchestras … a musical ‘must’, not only for the constantly growing community of fans ...
(international specialist journal, Germany)
May 2015
… Here Hansjörg Angerer conducts major 19th-century works which even though they are certainly not unknown in the wind instrument scene are fascinating because they have previously not been recorded in the musical quality found here … Alongside standard-setting recordings of Liszt’s Préludes by significant cultural orchestras, here with this recording we finally have a contrasting wind version ...
Review of the CD Die Macht des Schicksals in eurowinds
(international specialist journal, Germany)
March/April 2015
… Slowly but surely all superlatives have been used up when it comes to reviewing the recordings of the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg. In brief let me sum up by saying that they are simply fabulous! ...
(international specialist journal, Germany)
February 2015
… The New Year’s Concerts by the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg have become the symphonic wind parallel to the traditional New Year’s Day concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic ...
(international specialist journal, Germany)
May 2014
... Transcriptions in incomparable versions for symphonic winds by Albert Schwarzmann ...
(international specialist journal, Germany)
August 2014
… coupled with the absolutely incredible musicality of the musicians, Angerer’s passionate conducting and the atmosphere of the venue in Salzburg, this is an extraordinary sound document …
Review of the CD Kristalle der Musik aus Böhmen und Mähren in Clarino
(international specialist journal, Germany)
April 2012
… What the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg, conducted by Hansjörg Angerer, performs here is the most brilliant interpretation of this work [Fučík’s overture Miramare] in the version for winds ... The orchestra again proved itself to be one of the few ensembles on the international wind music scene that has an unmistakeable, individual sound, whose style makes it immediately recognizable …
Review of the CD Kristalle der Musik aus Böhmen und Mähren in eurowinds
(international specialist journal, Germany)
March/April 2012
... The production at the Landestheater in Innsbruck [opera Die Sennenpuppe by Ernst Ludwig Leitner] was highly sophisticated music-theatre ... Thanks to Leitner’s skilful composition for the wind orchestra and Angerer’s masterful conducting of his excellent musicians it was a successful and gripping performance with excellent coordination between singers and the wind orchestra ...
WASBE – world association for symphonic bands and ensembles
December 2011
... The orchestra, the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg conducted by Hansjörg Angerer, celebrated wind playing of the highest order, dynamically refined even for the smallest detail, emotion in every note ...
Tiroler Tageszeitung (Austria)
May 2011
... 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
(international specialist journal, Germany)
March/April 2010
... Hansjörg Angerer and the Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg present excellent interpretations. ... The CD collection is a must on the record shelves of every fan of sophisticated wind music ... it sets standards as regards presentation, programming and quality ...
(international specialist journal, Germany)
March 2010
… Technical perfection, musically rousing performances, effervescent energy and superb dynamic articulation are distinctive features of all CDs ...
(international specialist journal, Germany)
March 2010
... He is a shining bright star in the aurora of symphonic wind music and his Philharmonie has achieved international renown. When Hansjörg Angerer embarks on new projects, one can be certain that it will be difficult to find anything of comparable standing. One simply wants to encourage him further and cry out, ‘Brilliant!’ ...
(international specialist journal, Germany)
January 2007
... Outstanding playing and refined sound … unusual listening enjoyment. From an artistic point of view the ensemble is well on the way to establishing symphonic wind music on an equal footing with the repertoire for symphony orchestras ...
M-Musik zum Lesen
(international specialist journal, Germany)
March 2005
… Principal conductor Hansjörg Angerer succeeds in achieving a homogeneous sound, otherwise known only from more well-known top orchestras. Angerer aims for an aesthetic and dynamic sound, thereby conveying a very special musical experience! ...
Kronenzeitung (Austria)
October 2004
… Wind music of the highest standard, a special kind of listening and sound experience – an unmistakeably homogeneous orchestral sound … The quality of playing of the orchestra members is extraordinary, as is the conducting by Hansjörg Angerer ...
(international specialist journal, Germany)
January 2004
... Simply an event …
Salzburger Nachrichten (Austria)
June 2002