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New Year's Concert 2019 / Thielemann, Vienna Philharmonic


Release Date: 01/07/2019 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 590289  
Composer:  Carl Michael ZiehrerJosef StraussJ. "Pepi" HellmesbergerJohann Strauss Jr.,   ... 
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Under the direction of Christian Thielemann, the Vienna Philharmonic ushers in the New Year with a concert in the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein.

The concert is relayed to over ninety countries all round the world, reaching an audience of more than fifty million.

The 2019 New Year’s Concert will be conducted for the first time by Christian Thielemann. A native of Berlin, Thielemann has been a regular and welcome guest of the Vienna Philharmonic since 2000, with the result that his first New Year’s Concert may be seen as setting an example and providing an appropriate tribute to
Read more his previous work with the orchestra. According to the orchestra’s chairman, Daniel Froschauer, orchestra and musicians trust each other completely: “The profound musical understanding and trust that have existed from the outset and that have always functioned perfectly have subsequently borne remarkable fruit in the symphonic repertory as well.”

Among the works that will be heard at the 2019 New Year’s Concert is the Transactions Waltz by Josef Strauß. Its title could serve as a motto for the 150th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Austria and Japan. Since 1987 the New Year’s Concert has been shown live on Japanese television. Among the works by Johann Strauß that Christian Thielemann is conducting are his Express Polka, his waltz Pictures of the North Sea, excerpts from his only fully-fledged opera, Knight Pázmán, and the overture to The Gypsy Baron. In addition to works by other members of the Strauß family, the concert also features music by Josef Hellmesberger (ii) and Carl Michael Ziehrer.

The tradition of presenting New Year’s Concerts began in 1941. The first concert marking the New Year was given in 1939, albeit on 31 December. The first conductor was Clemens Krauss. Willi Boskovsky took over in 1955 and conducted no fewer than twenty-five New Year’s Concerts between then and 1979. The list of musicians who have conducted New Year’s Concerts reads like a who’s who of leading maestros. The New Year’s Concert was first broadcast live on television in 1959. The Vienna Philharmonic regards this now traditional event as a way of wishing the world a Happy New Year through the medium of music in a spirit of hope, friendship and peace.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Freiherr von Schönfeld-Marsch, Op. 422 by Carl Michael Ziehrer
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Austria 
2.
Transaktionen, Op. 184 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Elfenreigen by J. "Pepi" Hellmesberger
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
4.
Express-Polka, Op. 311 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Nordseebilder, Op. 390 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Mit Extrapost, Op. 259 by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Austria 
7.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Die Tänzerin, Op. 227 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Künstlerleben, Op. 316 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Indigo und die vierzig Räuber: Die Bajadere, Op. 351 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Vienna, Austria 
11.
Opera Soirée, Op. 162 by Eduard Strauss
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
12.
Ritter Pázmán: Eva-Walzer by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Vienna, Austria 
13.
Ritter Pázmán: Csárdás by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Vienna, Austria 
14.
Egyptischer Marsch, Op. 335 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1870; Vienna, Austria 
15.
Entr’acte Waltz by J. "Pepi" Hellmesberger
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
16.
Tändelei, Op. 310 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
17.
Sphären-Klänge, Op. 235 by Josef Strauss
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 What a disappointment! January 15, 2019 By L. Ackerman (Washington, DC) See All My Reviews "I have collected every recording of the New Year's Concert in Vienna for quite some time. They have been getting better and better, even under unexpected conductors. Last year's Muti was truly excellent. Muscular, and well thought interpretations, something you would expect the VPO to play in automatic pilot. Furthermore, the sound has been glorious, beefy, clear, bright and well balanced. Come Maestro Thielemann and some star-alignment did not work this year. You would expect more from this conductor, yet these interpretations are soporific and hardly catch fire, let alone charm. Since the VPO has this music in their DNA, I can only blame Berlin-born Thielemann for the results. Lastly, for some unexplained reason, the Sony sound is not as good as it has been for years. A mystery?" Report Abuse
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