Hearing the Vienna Philharmonic perform, it’s easy to understand why some of the greatest composers of all time were such ardent admirers.

It’s the only orchestra governed by the musicians themselves, most of whom remain with the Philharmonic for a lifetime, closely protecting its artistic integrity. Whether they’re performing in the Musikverein’s Great Golden Hall, belonging to the Society of Friends of Music, or abroad, the experience remains as much a wonder today as it was 160 years ago.