Highlights from the New Year's Day concert, featuring waltzes, polkas and marches from the Strauss family, music by Richard Strauss and performances from the Vienna State Ballet.
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APPLAUSE Happy new year and a warm welcome to the goldenen hall of the
Musikverein, where the players of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
are on stage about to serenade the start of 2014 with a glittering
programme of polkas, marches and gallops. This year Daniel Barenboim
returns for a second time. A great honour but hard work is how he
described his role to me. The performance is supported by Rolex.
As ever it is the Strauss dynasty who are to the fore. Father Johann,
Johann Junior. It is with Eduard we start. Daniel Barenboim conducts the
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra here at the Musikverein this New Year's
Day 2014. MUSIC: "Helena Quadrille"
by Eduard Strauss Daniel Barenboim a great campaigner
for world peace by engaging him
the Vienna Philharmonic marking this memorial year, the centenary
of the start of World War One. MUSIC: "Friedenspalmen, Waltz"
by Josef Strauss MUSIC: "Caroline Gallop"
by Johann Strauss Sr The Caroline Gallop, played by the
Vienna Philharmonic, conducted this
New Year's Day by Daniel Barenboim. MUSIC: "Egyptian March"
by Johann Strauss Jr The Egyptian March by Johann
Strauss Jr. MUSIC: "Be Embraced, You Millions
Waltz" by Johann Strauss Jr APPLAUSE Be Embraced, You Millions!
Strauss saluting his friend Brahms. The title is from Schller's Ode to
Joy, words set by Beethoven in his 9th symphony. A quick polka next
with a wonderful title, Stormy in Love and Dance.
MUSIC: "Stormy In Love And Dance" by Johann Strauss Jr
APPLAUSE Stormy in Love and Dance by Johann
Strauss doctor. Daniel Barenboim conducting did Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra here at the 2014 Vienna New Year's Day concert. Written for
the annual ball of the Vienna Writers and Journalists Association.
More next, Woodruff, a small highly fragrant plant.
MUSIC: "Waldmeister Overture" by Johann Strauss Jr
APPLAUSE Daniel Barenboim conducting the
Overture to Johann Strauss's operetta Waldermeister, a project
that came at on aspect tune moment for the composer. Many were writing
him off but the show was a huge hit, running for 88 performances.
The score also includes a gallop, part of the opera set in the mill.
The gallop was performed by a chorus line of apprentice millers, a tune
based on a song Strauss had written in his youth when he dated a
miller's daughter. MUSIC: "Klipp Klapp Gallop"
by Johann Strauss Jr APPLAUSE
The Klipp Klapp Gallop from Johann Strauss Junior's operetta
Waldermeister, written by the 70-year-old composer just 4 years
before his death. The sun has come out here in Vienna after a very
misty start. Very mild for the time of year. Indeed very warm here
inside the Musikverein, Daniel Barenboim conducting in in front of
not far short of 2,000 people. That number dwarfed by the 50 million
reckoned to tune in on radio and television around the world. . This
year 92 countries are showing the concert. For the first time it is
being shown by the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation and in
Argentina, where he was born. The biggest audience is in China, and
this year viewers in the tiny Pacific states of Tuvalu, Cook
Islands and Nauru join in for the first time. We are heading to the
Vienna woods, Strauss's famous Tales from the Vienna Woods, dating from
the 1860s. Television viewers will see the music illustrated by
pictures of the woods and the monastery at Klosterneuburg, filled
with art treasures and wonderful gothic art treasures. It celebrates
its 9 a 00th an versy this year. The zither features in the score -- in
the 900th anniversary this year. The zither features in the score.
MUSIC: "Tales From The Vienna Woods" by Johann Strauss Jr
APPLAUSE The Zither played by Wilfried
Scharf. Delighting Daniel Barenboim in Strauss's Tales from the Vienna
Woods, with pictures of the 900-year-old Klosterneuburg
monastery. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra what very popular for a
weekend trip, but not with Strauss, who hated climbing and never went
walking there. He hated heights so much he would sit on the floor of
his railway carriage and avoid looking out of the window on his
trip to Linz. Capriccio was his farewell to the
opera stage. He started work on it in the summer of 1940. We are going
to hear the Moonshine Music from Capriccio. Performed when the
Countess was deep in thought on the terrace.
MUSIC: "Moonshine Music" by Richard Strauss
APPLAUSE The Moonshine Music from Richard
Strauss's opera Capriccio. Radio 3 will be marking the 150th
anniversary of Strauss's birthday by broadcasting all his operas across
2014.For many one of the highlights of the New Year's concert is the
moment when musicians are joined by the dancers of the State Ballet.
This year they are in the Liechtenstein Palace in the centre
of the city. MUSIC: "The Romantics, Waltz"
by Joseph Lanner APPLAUSE
Music by Josef Lanner, the waltz for the Romantics. The dancing this year
could be considered Britain's contribution. The choreography is by
Ashley Page, and the costumes by Vivienne Westwood, who is married to
an Austrian. Two polkas next never before performed at a New Year's Day
concert. In a moment Shenanigans. But first a polka with a bit of
teasing going on. MUSIC: "Banter, Polka Mazur"
by Josef Strauss APPLAUSE the Shenanigans polka and
before that the teasing polka, both by Johann Strauss, both getting
their New Year's premieres. Even after many New Year's Day concerts
they've still played less than 50% of the Strauss repertoire.
The Musikverein feels rather intimate when you are inside it,
though the richness of the design can be overwhelming, with golden
caryatids that appear to support the balcony, and fine tapestries hanging
in front of the boxes. Another reference to Richard Strauss next,
on his 150th anniversary, a waltz by Johann Strauss, echoed in Der
Rosenkavalier. MUSIC: "Secret Attractions, Waltz"
by Josef Strauss APPLAUSE
the Dynamiden Waltz by Johann Strauss, with the subtitle Secret
Powers of Attraction. Music much to influence Richard Strauss when he
came to write his opera, Der Rosenkavalier. Johann Strauss died
very young, just before his 43rd birthday. Not long before his death
he wrote a sparkling polka called Without a Care.
MUSIC: "Without A Care" by Josef Strauss
APPLAUSE Daniel Barenboim shouting at the end
of Without a Care, a quick polka by Johann Strauss. Officially marking
the end of the 2014 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra New Year's
Day concert, except as regular fans know, there are a few more treats
ahead of us yet. Present by a member of the orchestra, that bouquet of
flowers contributed this year by the orchestra itself. Grown by the
gardeners and nurserymen and women of Austria. Well put together by the
look of it, as he struggles to pull one out. No, he's failed.
APPLAUSE this is Daniel Barenboim's second
appearance at the New Year's Day concert. Significance to the fact
that the orchestra asked this great peacemaker and musical diplomat to
return to conduct again. He is truly a citizen of the world. Born in
Argentina, raised in Israel, travelling not just on their
passports but on Palestinian and Spanish documents as well. It is a
busy time of year for the players in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. I
was talking to one of those on stage today, Alina Pinchas. She was
playing on Christmas Day, and had a performance of the Nutcracker in the
morning and the evening. This is one of nine women on stage this year. It
may still be a small percentage but at least it is up on 12 months ago.
Maybe we'll be in double figures by 2015. There is controversy about the
dominance of male players in this orchestra.
The first encore. APPLAUSE The first encore by Johann
Strauss, a quick polka, Carriere. Josef showing off his love of horse
riding. Carriere is the fastest gait at which a horse can be ridden. A
work that had an unfortunate start. Its premiere at the Volksgarten, the
day after the Austrian northern Army had been decisive battle of the
Austro-Prussian war, hence the work got rather overlooked. This concert
shown on big screens in cafes and hotels across Vienna this morning. I
imagine the waiters in the cafes around the Musikverein casting a
final eye at the arrangements of cutlery and glasses ready for an
onslaught of hungry concert goers or musicians, rad for a glass of
Gruener Veliner to wash it down with. The Philharmonic Orchestra
stay in the Imperial Hotel, with a red carpet laid down for the maestro
to across this morning. -- to cross this morning.
MUSIC: "The Blue Danube Waltz op.314" by Johann Strauss
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE by the beautiful Blue Danube, the
official anthem of Vienna and Austria, played by the Vienna
Philharmonic, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. This New Year's Day.
Dance from Vienna State Ballet. We can all be part of this biggest ever
musical New Year's greet. Follow us on Twitter. We are nearly at the end
of this year's festivities. The performance is supported by Rolex.
And conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Shaking hands with members of the
orchestra. This is his second appearance conducting the New Year's
Day concert. And what charm and spirit he's brought to proceedings,
delighting the audience here, including his wife, Elena
Bashkirova, and his violinist son, is and I spotted Julie Andrews
earlier, who commentates for the Americans. If you fancy being in the
audience next year, for real, tickets cost between 30 and 940
euros. To get them you need to register.
MUSIC: "Radetzky March, op.228" by Johann Strauss Sr
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Daniel Barenboim shaking hands with
the Vienna Philharmonic in the Radetzky March by Strauss senior. If
you want to be here next year, you have until January 23rd to register
your details at the Vienna Philharmonic website. That's it for
this Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day Concert. From me, Petroc
Trelawny, and all of us here in Vienna, happy new year and very best
wishes for 2014.
Highlights from the traditional New Year's Day concert, performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
Alongside waltzes, polkas and marches from the Strauss family, there is music by Richard Strauss and specially filmed performances from the Vienna State Ballet, choreographed by Ashley Page and with costumes designed by Vivienne Westwood.