The New Year's Concert in Vienna has been a glorious tradition for over six decades. A best-selling classical event year on year, the concert has unique global appeal. It is broadcast on TV and radio to over 50 countries, and is viewed by tens of millions of people all over the world.
The 2009 New Year's Day Concert will be conducted by the Argentinean-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim for the first time. From 1991-2006 Barenboim was the principal conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and since 1992 has been the General Music Director of the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin. Barenboim's debut with the Vienna Philharmonic took place in 1989, and he has since been a regular guest.
The concert programme for 1st January 2009 will be the customary collection of Viennese delights, with six first time performances.
The first part of the concert is inspired by the conductor's biography. For example, the waltz Märchen aus dem Orient (Tales from the Orient), alludes to a modern "fairy tale" - the founding of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a symbol of inter-cultural tolerance. Other first performances in the first half include J. Strauss II's Schnellpost-Polka (Express Mail Polka) and J. Hellmesberger's Valse Espagnole (Spanish Waltz).
The second part of the concert makes constant allusions to the life and work of Joseph Haydn, culminating with the final movement of Haydn's Symphony No.45 - 'Farewell Symphony'. This is the first time a work by Haydn has featured in the New Year's Concert programme, and it will launch a year of events marking the bicentenary of the death of this great Austrian composerwho died in Vienna in May 1809. Other first appearances in the second half of the concert include J. Strauss I's Zampa-Galopp and J. Strauss II's Alexandrine's Polka.
Johann Strauss: Overture "Eine Nacht in Venedig"
Overture "Eine Nacht in Venedig"
Johann Strauss: Märchen aus dem Orient, Walzer Op.333
Märchen aus dem Orient, Walzer Op.333
Johann Strauss: Annen Polka
Johann Strauss: Schnellpost Polka, Op.159
Schnellpost Polka, Op.159
Johann Strauss: Rosen Aus Dem Suden Opus 388
Rosen Aus Dem Suden Opus 388
Johann Strauss: Freikugeln Opus 326
Freikugeln Opus 326
Johann Strauss: Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture
Johann Strauss: Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch
Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch
Johann Strauss: Schatzwalzer Opus 418
Schatzwalzer Opus 418
Josef Hellmesberger: Valse espagnole
Johann Strauss: Zampa Galopp, Op.62
Zampa Galopp, Op.62
Johann Strauss: Alexandrinen Polka, Op.198
Alexandrinen Polka, Op.198
Johann Strauss: Unter Donner Und Blitz Opus 324
Unter Donner Und Blitz Opus 324
Josef Strauss: Spharenklange Waltz Opus 235
Spharenklange Waltz Opus 235
Johann Strauss: Eljen A Magyar Opus 332
Eljen A Magyar Opus 332
Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 45 In F-Sharp Minor
IV. Finale. Presto
Johann Strauss: So ängstlich sind wir nicht - polka schnell, Op.413
So ängstlich sind wir nicht - polka schnell, Op.413
Not Applicable: New Year's Address 2009
New Year's Address 2009
Johann Strauss: An der schönen blauen Donau
An der schönen blauen Donau
Johann Strauss: Radetzky March Opus 228
Radetzky March Opus 228
“This year, Daniel Barenboim took his first Vienna New Year assignment in 20 years, conducting the city's venerably Philharmonic. It throws up interesting music-making, the conductor's strong romantic streak making him more than usually liable to weave poetic magic from the many lingeringly expressive episodes in the Strauss family's music. Witness, for example, the heady surges of glorious string tone punctuating 'Rosen aus dem Süden'.”
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