02 March 2023

P.R. Jenkins

Vienna Philharmonic interviews

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has always been one of the best in the world. Since its first concert in 1842 it was conducted by such artists as Gustav Mahler, Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler and – of course – Herbert von Karajan who made his very last recordings with this incomparable orchestra.

We are proud and happy to present a series of exclusive interviews our colleague Pia Bernauer made with members of the Vienna Philharmonic. There are very interesting thoughts about modern orchestra playing and many memories by musicians who worked with Karajan in legendary performances.

All interviews are in German with English subtitles.

Peter Wächter

Violinist Peter Wächter is member of the Vienna Philharmonic since the early 1960s. He talks to Pia Bernauer about Karajan’s ability to create a special sound through his gestures, his faith in musicians and nailed shoes on a human breast. Watch here.


Rainer Küchl

Violinist Rainer Küchl was leader of the Vienna Philharmonic for many years and hundreds of concerts. Being in retirement now he speaks to Pia Bernauer about Karajan’s empathy, the best Verdi recordings and a painful wisdom tooth. Watch here.


Clemens Hellsberg

Clemens Hellsberg was member of the Vienna Philharmonic from 1980 to his retirement 2016. From 1997 to 2014 he was chairman and in this position he announced the New Year’s greetings at the final of many New Year’s Concerts of the VPO. Watch here.


Michael Werba

Professor Michael Werba is principal bassoonist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and member of the orchestra since 1977. He is the son of Erik Werba, a legendary pianist especially for Lied and an important composer. Michael Werba talks to Pia Bernauer about several Karajan concerts and recordings here.


Daniel Froschauer

First guest in our series with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra was Chairman Daniel Froschauer who is member of the VPO since 1998. Watch here.

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