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Release Date: Thursday 20 February 2014
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"This was one of the most beautiful New Year's Concerts since Karajan and Kleiber. Franz Welser-Möst knows how the music of the Strauss-dynasty, the music of Lanner and Hellmesberger has to sound" Österreich on the 2011 NY Concert
Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the recording of one of the world's most famous classical music events: the New Year's Concert 2013 with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of celebrated conductor, Franz Welser-Möst. He returns to direct the 2013 celebrations after his acclaimed debut in 2011. Maestro Welser-Mőst is the former Music Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The annual New Year's Day Concert in the stunning Vienna Musikverein has been an exalted tradition for more than seven decades and the resulting recordings with works from the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries are among the classical market's most important releases.
The concert will be broadcast on TV and radio to over 70 countries around the world with an estimate of more than 40 million viewers.
The programme traditionally revolves around waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family (Johann father and son as well as Josef and Eduard Strauss) whose music has enjoyed recent chart resurgence. The proven formula blends well-known classics with premieres of works that have never been performed before at the New Year´s Concert and the result is invariably both joyful and moving. The programme will remain a closely guarded secret until a few days before the event, but it can already be revealed that in 2013 the concert will include more premieres than ever before and probably some unexpected surprises. As is tradition, the concert will include the famous waltz The Blue Danube and the Radetzky March.
"Welser-Möst can cut a curiously professorial figure, but the playing he gets from the orchestra really sparkles in an offbeat programme that includes 11 New Year's Day premieres" Sunday Times
Strauss, Josef: Die Souberette, Polka schnell, Op. 109
Strauss, Josef: Theater Quadrille, Op. 213
Strauss, J, II: Kuss-Walzer, Op. 400
Strauss, J, II: Aus den Bergen Walzer (From the Mountains), Op. 292
Suppe: Leichte Kavallerie Overture
Strauss, Josef: Sphärenklänge, Op. 235
Strauss, Josef: Die Spinnerin, Polka francaise, Op. 192
Wagner: Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 3
Hellmesberger: In Confidence - Polka-mazur, Op. 15
Strauss, Josef: Hesperus' Path, Waltz, Op. 279
Lanner: Steyrische Tänze, Op. 165
Strauss, J, II: Melodien-Quadrille nach Verdi, Op. 112
Verdi: Don Carlos: Ballet Music, Act III: Prestissimo
Strauss, J, II: Wo die Zitronen blühen, Op. 364
Strauss, J, I: Erinnerung an Ernst oder Der Carneval in Venedig, Op. 126