2012 - Highlights New Year's Day Concert


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2012 - Highlights

Highlights from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna, where the Vienna Philharmonic gave the annual concert of waltzes, polkas and marches, conducted by Mariss Jansons.


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Welcome to Vienna, where it is cold and damp, but the day is about to

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brighten up considerably. We're here for the 12 that New Year's Day

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here for the 12 that New Year's Day Concert by the Vienna Philarmonic

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Orchestra, supported by Rolex. The Golden Hall is filled with tens of

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thousands of flowers. To get a ticket, and hat to win the lottery,

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or you had to pay enormous amounts of cash. 1,700 people have seats in

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the concert hall, eagerly- anticipated ing the feast of

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waltzes, polkas and marches which lies ahead, with music provided

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mainly, though not entirely, by the family Strauss. Mariss Jansons will

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be making his second appearance, his programme in part inspired by

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his father's love of Strauss waltzes. The programme begins this

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year with a not understated nationalistic March, the Fatherland

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March. Mariss Jansons takes his place on the platform, bows to the

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audience, and propose to open the 2012 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 206 seconds

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MUSIC: "Fatherland March", by Josef Josef and Johann Strauss writing

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together the Fatherland March. One of the highlights of the festive

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season here in Vienna is the Christmas market outside the city

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Christmas market outside the city hall. When the city hall opened in

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1890, Johann Strauss junior marked the occasion with what is our first

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APPLAUSE That was Mariss Jansons conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

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The Christmas market outside is soon to be replaced by a huge ice

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rink, which will be open until march. An expression which is

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common in German, entweder oder, is MUSIC: "Either - Or! Fast Polka, Op.

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Strauss's Fast Polka Either Or. Always plenty of alternatives here

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in sreu enia, mulled wine, sachertorte. Decisions, decisions!

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It was more than 500 years ago the emperor Maximilian moved court. The

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foundations were laid for the Vienna Boys' Choir. They're taking

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their position in front of the organ. We are going to hear them as

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they join in the Tritsch-tratsch Polka, it loosely translates as

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Tittle Tattle, a magazine published Sung by the sreuenia Boys Choir.

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The boys love singing Strauss music by found it very difficult.

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100 choristers in total aged between 10-14. The boys are divided

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into four touring choirs. They perform about 300 concerts each

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year, before almost half a million people. They'll be back in the

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second half of our New Year's Day concert this morning.

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We leave the Strauss family for a moment because next it's a waltz by

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a military band master, Carl Ziehrer. The celebrations that

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launched the banqueting hall, something of a battle that evening

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between Strauss and Ziehrer. It overshadowed Strauss's contribution

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to the evening. Strauss was rather bitter for sometime after what he

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perceived as a very personal musical defeat.

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Mariss Jansons returns to the platform.

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Ziehrer prolific composer of waltzes and polkas.

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Citizens of Vienna, the most celebrated work of Carl Michael

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Ziehrer. The New Year's Day Concert likes to cast an eye towards

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contemporary events, including the 2012 Olympics. Back in the 1850s,

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the British ambassador to the Imperial Court here was John Fane,

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the 11th Earl of Westmoreland. And the Albion Polka was written for

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MUSIC: "Albion Polka, Op. 102 ", Johann Strauss's Albion Polka,

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dedicated to Prince Albert. Another nod to the Olympics to end the

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first part of the concert, and reflect the favourite sport of

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MUSIC: "Jockey Polka, Op. 278", by Mariss Jansons conducting the

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Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra in the Jockey Polka, by Josef Strauss, who

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loved horseracing. We are going to start the next part of the concert

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with a piece by Joseph Hellmesberger, who succeeded Mahler

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as the conductor of this orchestra. The Orchestra stands, before we

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have the Danse Diabolique, by MUSIC: "Danse Diabolique", by

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Mariss Jansons, conducting the Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra in the

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Danse Diabolique, by Joseph Hellmesberger. The excitement

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always cranks up a bit for the second part. Next, a popular

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favourite which has made many appearances over the years, a

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MUSIC: "Artists Greeting, French Josef Strauss's French polka. This

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year marks the bicentenary of the James helper, the organisation

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which built this incredible music hall. It has been used for grand

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balls, as well as music concerts, and for the very ball, first Johann

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MUSIC: "Enjoy Life Waltz, Op. 340", Enjoy Life, the message of that

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waltz by Johann Strauss, written for the opening celebrations 140

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years ago. Accompanied by ballet dancers performing live amongst the

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artistic treasures of the Belvedere Palace. Now for something by father

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Strauss, Johann senior, Sperl Galopp. Mariss Jansons conducts the

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MUSIC: "Sperl Galopp, Op. 42", by APPLAUSE. A mixture of Rossini and

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Strauss Strauss senior in the Sperl Galopp. Making their way back to

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the platform the Vienna Boys' Choir. They're going to join the

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Philharmonic in Fireproof Polka, commissioned by a leading Viennese

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industrialist to celebrate his company making its 20,000th

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fireproof safe. The Anvile this MUSIC: "Fireproof, French Polka, Op.

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Mariss Jansons joining the percussion section of the Vienna

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Philarmonic Orchestra, playing the anvil with two hammers. The Vienna

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Boys' Choir, divided into four different performing choirs.

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Earlier, one of them sang mass in the Hofburg Chapel, a tradition

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unbroken since 1498. In 1918, they gave up their old imperial uniform,

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which included a sword, to be replaced with the blue and white

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sailor suits which they are wearing today. They soon became regarded as

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Austria's singing ambassadors. This morning's conductor comes from a

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distinguished musical line. His father for decades conducted the

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Leningrad Philharmonic, and would lead the orchestra in the annual

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New Year's programme, which sowed the seeds for Mariss Jansons'

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interest in the Strauss family. We will hear several works written for

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Pavlovsk as the morning progresses. But now, were going to hear a work

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by their third sibling, Eduard Strauss, with the work called the

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MUSIC: "Carmen - Quadrille, Start MUSIC: "Carmen - Quadrille, Start

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Eduard Strauss's Carmen Quadrille. Next we move to the ballet, and we

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had to St Petersburg. There, 112 years ago, Tchaikovsky's Sleeping

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Beauty was premiered at the Maryinsky Theatre. First, the

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Panorama, where the Prince approaches the palace by moonlight

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and awakes the Sleeping Princess with a kiss. Josef and Johann

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Strauss had a long residence there. Also, it will change the mood of

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MUSIC: "Panorama from Sleeping MUSIC: "Panorama from Sleeping

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The waltz and before it the Panorama from Sleeping Beauty,

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first performed in St Petersburg. A short train side stands the grand

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residence built by Tsar Paul I and a concert hall there there drew

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artists from across Europe, including the Strausses, who

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returned season after season. This is a piece they wrote together

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while working at Pavlovsk, the MUSIC: "Pizzicato Polka, Op. 25",

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Played no less than nine times the evening it was introduced to the

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public in Russia where it was premiered the Pizzicato Polka. The

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New Year's Day concert often includes one of the many works

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Johann Strauss wrote celebrating heads of state around the globe.

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This year a march he composed for the Shah of Persia. He composed

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this after being awarded the MUSIC: "Persian March, Op. 289", by

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The Persian March by Johann Strauss. Egypt, Spain and Russia amongst the

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other nations that Strauss honoured with marches, very proud of that,

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particularly the snatch of the then parsian -- Persian anthem he

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managed to include. A change of mood, a polka Strauss wrote in

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Russia, far from home, lonely and desperately missing his beloved

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wife, Carolina. Brennende Liebe, or as it's loosely translated, Burning

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Love. Mariss Jansons conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in

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Mariss Jansons's conducting the philharmonic, Brennende Liebe and

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Burning Passion. Inspiring the dancers at the Belvedere Palace.

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Strauss inspired by burning passion for his wife. She was hundreds of

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miles away in Vienna. One of the finest waltzes next, work that

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seems to reflect his complicated personality, someone who was both

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melancholy but also able to conjure up fluff and glitter required by

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dances. The Tee leer yum -- Delirium Waltz. Mariss Jansons is

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MUSIC: "Delirium Waltz, Op. 212", MUSIC: "Delirium Waltz, Op. 212",

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The Delirium Waltz, by Josef Strauss, a great inventor as a

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composer. A horse-drawn street sweeping machine, amongst his

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creations. That brings us nearly to the end of this 2012 New Year's Day

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Concert, officially anyway, not that anyone is in any doubt about

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the encores still to come. But the last piece on the programme puts

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the percussion section to work, perhaps the loudest of all

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MUSIC: "Thunder & Lightning Polka, Thunder and Lightning, Mariss

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Jansons conducting the Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra. Music by

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Johann Strauss II, the most successful member of the musical

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dynasty. There was a Johann Strauss III, and he it was who made the

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first recordings of Strauss waltzes in 1903. He died in Berlin in

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January 1939, the start of the year that saw the very first Vienna

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Philarmonic Orchestra New Year's Day Concert. Mariss Jansons,

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presented with a bouquet of flowers, which he presents to the leader of

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the Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra. Well, according to the programme,

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that's it. Oh, know it is not. The tradition is that there are encores

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aplenty. There are certain rituals associated with the encores in the

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New Year's Day Concert. The first one is perhaps a little bit of a

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 206 seconds

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MUSIC: "Tik Tak, Fast Polka, Op. Mariss Jansons is being handed a

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giant alarm clock by the leader of the second violins of the Vienna

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Philarmonic Orchestra, which he rang the bell of at the end of the

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Tik-Tak Polka. It was a reworking of tunes from Die Fledermaus, which

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is a seasonal highlight just across the street from here. Mariss

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Jansons leaves the stage again. He must be remembering those concerts

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of Strauss waltzes and polkas which his father conducted in St

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Petersburg, or Leningrad as it was, year after year after year, with

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the Leningrad Philharmonic. More than 30,000 flowers from San Remo,

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in Italy. It is a little overcast in Vienna today, so no sun shining

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through the windows, but gold everywhere, reflected by the

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television lights. Lasts of the great composers, the ceiling lined

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with paintings of Apollo. Mariss Jansons is back on the rostrum.

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This place was described by one critic as a place without anything

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MUSIC: "The Blue Danube Waltz, Op. The Blue Danube Waltz, the second

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Viennese national anthem, performed with the traditional false start.

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The ballet dancers performing this morning at the Belvedere Palace.

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Mariss Jansons conducting with that traditional false start during

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which they bid us all a happy new year. Blue Danube came out of a

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bleak time for the imperial empire, composed in the wake of an Austrian

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defeat in prussian forces. One critic noted that this charming

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waltz with its catchy rhythms ought soon to be the most popular by this

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prolific dance composer. How right that critic was.

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If that's one fixed part of the New Year's Day Consefrt, -- concert,

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the other is the moment the audience are asked to clap along,

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APPLAUSE AND CHEERING. The Radetsky March with full

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audience par -- participation, conned this year by January skwrpb

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January -- Mariss Jansons. That is it. For audience and orchestra,

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From the Musikverein in Vienna, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform the annual celebratory concert of waltzes, polkas and marches, conducted by Mariss Jansons for the second time. Highlights from the complete concert includes works by members of the Strauss family, Tchaikovsky and Joseph Hellmesburger Jr.

To accompany some of the pieces there are performances by the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper and an appearance by the Vienna Boys' Choir. During the concert some of the featured landmarks include the Vienna City Hall, Palais Coburg and the Achensee Steam Railway.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.