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New Year's Concert 2009 / Barenboim, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001256902  
Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.J. "Pepi" HellmesbergerJohann Strauss Sr.Josef Strauss,   ... 
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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NEW YEAR’S CONCERT 2009 Daniel Barenboim, cond; Vienna PO DECCA 001256902 (2 CDs: 105:08)


J. STRAUSS I Zampa. Radetzky March. J. STRAUSS II A Night in Venice: Overture. Tales from the Orient. Annen. Schnellpost. Roses from the South. Magic Bullets. The Gypsy Baron: Overture; Entrance March. Treasure Read more Waltz. Alexandrinen. Under Thunder and Lightning. Eljen a Magyár. We’re not that worried. On the Beautiful Blue Danube. Josef STRAUSS Music of the Spheres. HELLMESBERGER Valse espagnol. HAYDN Symphony No. 45, “Farewell”: Finale


As always, the challenge presented by this most traditional of concerts is to balance coherent and thoughtful exploration of the less familiar items in the catalog of 19th-century Straussian, Austrian, and central-European popular music with fresh readings of the chestnuts, including, of course, the obligatory last two encores on the program. In this case, Barenboim guides his audience, appropriately, through a travelogue of the Mediterranean and the East. Remarkably, 2009 marked the first time that Daniel Barenboim had ever been invited to conduct this event, perhaps a reminder of how seldom his commitments to Berlin and Chicago have allowed him to appear in this most southern of Austrian cities.


Generally, Barenboim’s approach is thicker, more legato than many of his colleagues in this yearly endeavor. The results are not always favorable, as in his beautifully shaped but still sluggish overture to Johann Jr.’s operetta, A Night in Venice . The waltz melodies of the Overture accelerate idiomatically, but even the percussion contributions hold it down. Faring much better are three excerpts from The Gypsy Baron , as well as a string of “exotica” (especially Tales from the Orient and the Spanish Waltz by Hellmesberger) that run through the first half of the concert, in which the full attacks of the strings and darker orchestral textures seem more idiomatic.


This thickness is also apparent in an intense, driven account of the finale of Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony, chosen doubtless to mark the bicentennial of the great Austrian’s death. But here the more deliberate tempos do not flag, each line is lovingly shaped, even in the turbulent opening pages, and the rich highlighting of details pays off as the players depart the stage, to the audible titters and occasionally interrupting applause of the audience. The solo string playing in the last page achieves a memorable gossamer shimmer. Barenboim barely lets the final sounds die away before launching into the quick polka “So ängstlich sind wir nicht!” which attentive listener’s will recognize as Papacoda’s entrance song from A Night in Venice.


Other highlights include Johann Sr.’s Zampa polka, with its vaguely Balkan twists, the extraordinary delicacy of the Alexandrinen polka, and Josef Strauss’s gorgeous, expansive, and rarely heard Music of the Spheres waltz (a work of almost Wagnerian atmosphere, in a Lohengrin sense).


Barenboim’s readings of The Blue Danube and Radetzky March are no mere throwaways, but are invested with a warmth and vitality, and, in the case of the march, a striking dignity that render them among the most memorable in the entire series of New Year’s concert recordings. Decca’s acoustics are clear, spacious, and immediate. As warmly recommended as these works are played.


FANFARE: Christopher Williams
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Works on This Recording

1.
Eine Nacht in Venedig: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Märchen aus dem Orient, Op. 444 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Annen-Polka, Op. 117 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Schnellpost-Polka, Op. 159 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Das Spitzentuch der Königin: Rosen aus dem Süden Waltzes, Op. 388 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Freikugeln, Op. 326 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugs-Marsch by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Schatz-Walzer, Op. 418 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Valse espagnol by J. "Pepi" Hellmesberger
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
11.
Zampa-Galop, Op. 62a by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Vienna, Austria 
12.
Alexandrinen-Polka, Op. 198 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Sphären-Klänge, Op. 235 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Eljen a Magyar, Op. 332 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
16.
Symphony no 45 in F sharp minor, H 1 no 45 "Farewell": 4th movement, Presto-Adagio by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
17.
Eine Nacht in Venedig: So ängstlich sind wir nicht Polka, Op. 413 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Vienna, Austria 
18.
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Johann Strauss Sr.
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Annen-Polka
Der Zigeunerbaron: Schatz-Walzer
Freikugeln

Sound Samples

Overture "Eine Nacht in Venedig"
Märchen aus dem Orient, Walzer Op.333
Annen Polka
Schnellpost Polka, Op.159
Rosen Aus Dem Suden Opus 388
Freikugeln Opus 326
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture
Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch
Schatzwalzer Opus 418
Valse espagnole
Zampa Galopp, Op.62
Alexandrinen Polka, Op.198
Unter Donner Und Blitz Opus 324
Spharenklange Waltz Opus 235
Eljen A Magyar Opus 332
Symphony No. 45 In F-Sharp Minor: IV. Finale. Presto
So ängstlich sind wir nicht - polka schnell, Op.413
New Year's Address 2009
An der schönen blauen Donau
Radetzky March Opus 228

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