New Year's Concert 2013

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
The New Year's concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has evolved into one of the regular tourist attractions of the old Austrian capital. The orchestra may make noise about introducing some innovation to the program, as it does here with pieces by Verdi and Wagner in observation of the 2013 bicentennials of the births of both of those composers. But really this is a ritual that needs to be repeated annually, for the benefit of Austrians and visitors alike. The center of the program is the Strauss family, above all the waltz king Johann Strauss II, with tasteful admixtures of other Viennese composers and a few sprightly pieces that are not dances, and so it is here....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
The New Year's concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has evolved into one of the regular tourist attractions of the old Austrian capital. The orchestra may make noise about introducing some innovation to the program, as it does here with pieces by Verdi and Wagner in observation of the 2013 bicentennials of the births of both of those composers. But really this is a ritual that needs to be repeated annually, for the benefit of Austrians and visitors alike. The center of the program is the Strauss family, above all the waltz king Johann Strauss II, with tasteful admixtures of other Viennese composers and a few sprightly pieces that are not dances, and so it is here. The conductor this time around is Franz Welser-Möst, who also ran the show in 2011. The same stolid quality that tends to dismay American critics when it comes to this conductor turns out to be just the ticket for this event, which he brings in with maximum precision and flash. He's aided by strong live engineering from Sony Classical, which gets a sound with a bit more dimension than was achieved by Deutsche Grammophon in earlier iterations. The bottom line: for those sampling the famed New Year's concert for the first time, for those wanting classical music as part of the entertainment as an alternative to football, or for those collecting the entire series, this will prove a satisfying choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 887654407122
  • Catalog Number: 544071
  • Sales rank: 75,245

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Soubrette, polka schnell, Op. 109 - Josef Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:41)
  2. 2 Kuß-Walzer (Kiss Waltz), for orchestra, Op. 400 (RV 400) - Johann Strauss II & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (6:01)
  3. 3 Theater-Quadrille, Op. 213 - Josef Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (5:02)
  4. 4 Aus den Bergen (From the Mountains), waltz for orchestra, Op. 292 - Johann Strauss II & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (12:58)
  5. 5 Sphären-Klänge (Music of the Spheres), walzer, Op. 235 - Josef Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (10:01)
  6. 6 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Vorspiel zum Dritten Aufzug - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hesperus-Bahnen, walzer, Op. 279 - Josef Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (9:06)
  2. 2 Gallopin, polka schnell, Op. 237 - Josef Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:15)
  3. 3 Steyrische Tänze (Styrian Dances), for 2 violins, viola & double bass, Op. 165 - Joseph Lanner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (7:03)
  4. 4 Melodien-Quadrille (Melodies Quadrille), for orchestra (on themes by Verdi), Op. 112 - Johann Strauss II & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (4:24)
  5. 5 Don Carlo, opera: Act 3. Ballettmusik. Prestissimo - Giuseppe Verdi & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:17)
  6. 6 Wo die Zitronen Blüh'n! (Where the Lemons Bloom), waltz for orchestra, Op. 364 (RV 364) - Johann Strauss II & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (9:59)
  7. 7 Erinnerung an Ernst oder Der Carneval in Venedig, fantasia for orchestra, Op. 126 - Johann Strauss I & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (7:13)
  8. 8 Plappermaulchen Polka, for orchestra, Op. 245 - Josef Strauss & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:14)
  9. 9 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314) - Johann Strauss II & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (9:44)
  10. 10 Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228 - Johann Strauss I & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:36)
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Album Credits

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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
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