New Year's Day from Vienna 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Vienna Philharmonic greets the New Year with its annual concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. The venerable concert – which features popular pieces the Strauss family and contemporaries -- will begin at 11 am ET.

The New Year's concert is one of the largest global events in classical music, reportedly reaching over a billion people annually through radio and television in 72 countries. Conductor Mariss Jansons makes his second New Year’s Day appearance with the orchestra and the Vienna Boys' Choir also joins in the festivities.

Program:

Johann and Joseph Strauss: "Vaterländischer Marsch (Fatherland March)"
Johann Strauss: "Rathausball-Tänze (City Hall Ball Dances)", Waltz, op. 438
Johann Strauss: "Entweder – oder! (Either - Or!)", Fast Polka, op. 403
Johann Strauss: "Tritsch-Tratsch (Chit-Chat)", Polka, op. 214
Carl Michael Ziehrer: "Wiener Bürger (Viennese Folk)", Waltz, op. 419
Johann Strauss: "Albion Polka", op. 102
Joseph Strauss: "Jokey Polka (Jockey Polka)", Fast Polka, op. 278

- Intermission -

Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr.: Danse Diabolique (Diabolic Dance)
Joseph Strauss: "Künstler-Gruss (Artists Greeting)", Polka française, op. 274
Johann Strauss: "Freuet euch des Lebens (Enjoy Life)", Waltz, op. 340
Johann Strauss, Sr.: "Sperl Galopp", op. 42
Hans Christian Lumbye: Copenhagen Railway Steam Gallop
Joseph Strauss: "Feuerfest (Fireproof)", Polka française, op. 269
Eduard Strauss: "Carmen-Quadrille", op. 134
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: "Panorama" from the Ballet "Sleeping Beauty", op. 66
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: "Waltz" from the Ballet "Sleeping Beauty", op. 66
Johann and Joseph Strauss: "Pizzicato Polka", no opus number
Johann Strauss: "Persischer Marsch (Persian March)", op. 289
Joseph Strauss: "Brennende Liebe (Burning Love)", Polka Mazur, op. 129
Joseph Strauss: "Delirien (Delirium)", Waltz, op. 212
Johann Strauss: "Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning)", Fast Polka, op. 324

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Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, LaKE Hiawatha,l NJ from Boonton, NJ's Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute

The Strauss family like the Bach family have cxontributed so much to the oeuvre of music.
Between the two families, we have formats in music never before explored in their own particular structure.
The waltz, concerto, the symphony, prelude and fugue, and overture were their constructs. As is most often the case, witness Wagner, Mozart, Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, and Leonardo da Vinci, the FIRST to make a significant approach is most often the BEST in that category. The unique and commendable addition of selections by Tschaikovsky and three other composers not of the Strauss family added "spice" to the delicious potporri. Maestro Mariss Jansons and the Vienna Boys Choir together with the Vienna Philharmonic offered us a treat worthy of celebration. Happy New Year to them and to all of us !!!
As a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer ["Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare,"] and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, I am particularly enthused that at least one day of the year, besides the "Met" Opera and New York Philharmonic LIVE broadcasts, we have the great Vienna Philharmonic to see and hear LIVE. Congratulations to all involved. My website; www.WagnerOpera.com, where one can download free 37 complete selections from my four three hour solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall including arias from all the Wagner heldentenor roles, excepting only Tannhauser, by turning to "Recorded Selections."

Jan. 02 2012 12:18 PM
FS native

A real treat to hear this as it was happening (and to catch snatches of the ORF commentator auf deutsch. Please do this again next year. The PBS video in the evening omitted the WHOLE first half of the concert! I'm so happy that I didn't miss it thanks to WQXR.

Jan. 02 2012 11:27 AM

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