2014 - Highlights New Year's Day Concert


2014 - Highlights

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

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Musikverein, where the players of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

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are on stage about to serenade the start of 2014 with a glittering

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programme of polkas, marches and gallops. This year Daniel Barenboim

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returns for a second time. A great honour but hard work is how he

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described his role to me. The performance is supported by Rolex.

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As ever it is the Strauss dynasty who are to the fore. Father Johann,

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Johann Junior. It is with Eduard we start. Daniel Barenboim conducts the

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Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra here at the Musikverein this New Year's

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Day 2014. MUSIC: "Helena Quadrille"

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by Eduard Strauss Daniel Barenboim a great campaigner

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for world peace by engaging him

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the Vienna Philharmonic marking this memorial year, the centenary

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of the start of World War One. MUSIC: "Friedenspalmen, Waltz"

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by Josef Strauss MUSIC: "Caroline Gallop"

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by Johann Strauss Sr The Caroline Gallop, played by the

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Vienna Philharmonic, conducted this

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New Year's Day by Daniel Barenboim. MUSIC: "Egyptian March"

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by Johann Strauss Jr The Egyptian March by Johann

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Strauss Jr. MUSIC: "Be Embraced, You Millions

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Waltz" by Johann Strauss Jr APPLAUSE Be Embraced, You Millions!

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Strauss saluting his friend Brahms. The title is from Schller's Ode to

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Joy, words set by Beethoven in his 9th symphony. A quick polka next

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with a wonderful title, Stormy in Love and Dance.

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MUSIC: "Stormy In Love And Dance" by Johann Strauss Jr

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APPLAUSE Stormy in Love and Dance by Johann

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Strauss doctor. Daniel Barenboim conducting did Vienna Philharmonic

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Orchestra here at the 2014 Vienna New Year's Day concert. Written for

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the annual ball of the Vienna Writers and Journalists Association.

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More next, Woodruff, a small highly fragrant plant.

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MUSIC: "Waldmeister Overture" by Johann Strauss Jr

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APPLAUSE Daniel Barenboim conducting the

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Overture to Johann Strauss's operetta Waldermeister, a project

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that came at on aspect tune moment for the composer. Many were writing

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him off but the show was a huge hit, running for 88 performances.

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The score also includes a gallop, part of the opera set in the mill.

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The gallop was performed by a chorus line of apprentice millers, a tune

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based on a song Strauss had written in his youth when he dated a

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miller's daughter. MUSIC: "Klipp Klapp Gallop"

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by Johann Strauss Jr APPLAUSE

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The Klipp Klapp Gallop from Johann Strauss Junior's operetta

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Waldermeister, written by the 70-year-old composer just 4 years

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before his death. The sun has come out here in Vienna after a very

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misty start. Very mild for the time of year. Indeed very warm here

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inside the Musikverein, Daniel Barenboim conducting in in front of

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not far short of 2,000 people. That number dwarfed by the 50 million

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reckoned to tune in on radio and television around the world. . This

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year 92 countries are showing the concert. For the first time it is

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being shown by the Palestine Broadcasting Corporation and in

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Argentina, where he was born. The biggest audience is in China, and

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this year viewers in the tiny Pacific states of Tuvalu, Cook

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Islands and Nauru join in for the first time. We are heading to the

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Vienna woods, Strauss's famous Tales from the Vienna Woods, dating from

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the 1860s. Television viewers will see the music illustrated by

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pictures of the woods and the monastery at Klosterneuburg, filled

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with art treasures and wonderful gothic art treasures. It celebrates

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its 9 a 00th an versy this year. The zither features in the score -- in

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the 900th anniversary this year. The zither features in the score.

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MUSIC: "Tales From The Vienna Woods" by Johann Strauss Jr

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APPLAUSE The Zither played by Wilfried

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Scharf. Delighting Daniel Barenboim in Strauss's Tales from the Vienna

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Woods, with pictures of the 900-year-old Klosterneuburg

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monastery. Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra what very popular for a

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weekend trip, but not with Strauss, who hated climbing and never went

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walking there. He hated heights so much he would sit on the floor of

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his railway carriage and avoid looking out of the window on his

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trip to Linz. Capriccio was his farewell to the

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opera stage. He started work on it in the summer of 1940. We are going

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to hear the Moonshine Music from Capriccio. Performed when the

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Countess was deep in thought on the terrace.

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MUSIC: "Moonshine Music" by Richard Strauss

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APPLAUSE The Moonshine Music from Richard

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Strauss's opera Capriccio. Radio 3 will be marking the 150th

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anniversary of Strauss's birthday by broadcasting all his operas across

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2014.For many one of the highlights of the New Year's concert is the

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moment when musicians are joined by the dancers of the State Ballet.

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This year they are in the Liechtenstein Palace in the centre

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of the city. MUSIC: "The Romantics, Waltz"

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by Joseph Lanner APPLAUSE

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Music by Josef Lanner, the waltz for the Romantics. The dancing this year

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could be considered Britain's contribution. The choreography is by

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Ashley Page, and the costumes by Vivienne Westwood, who is married to

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an Austrian. Two polkas next never before performed at a New Year's Day

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concert. In a moment Shenanigans. But first a polka with a bit of

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teasing going on. MUSIC: "Banter, Polka Mazur"

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by Josef Strauss APPLAUSE the Shenanigans polka and

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before that the teasing polka, both by Johann Strauss, both getting

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their New Year's premieres. Even after many New Year's Day concerts

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they've still played less than 50% of the Strauss repertoire.

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The Musikverein feels rather intimate when you are inside it,

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though the richness of the design can be overwhelming, with golden

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caryatids that appear to support the balcony, and fine tapestries hanging

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in front of the boxes. Another reference to Richard Strauss next,

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on his 150th anniversary, a waltz by Johann Strauss, echoed in Der

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Rosenkavalier. MUSIC: "Secret Attractions, Waltz"

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by Josef Strauss APPLAUSE

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the Dynamiden Waltz by Johann Strauss, with the subtitle Secret

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Powers of Attraction. Music much to influence Richard Strauss when he

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came to write his opera, Der Rosenkavalier. Johann Strauss died

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very young, just before his 43rd birthday. Not long before his death

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he wrote a sparkling polka called Without a Care.

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MUSIC: "Without A Care" by Josef Strauss

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APPLAUSE Daniel Barenboim shouting at the end

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of Without a Care, a quick polka by Johann Strauss. Officially marking

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the end of the 2014 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra New Year's

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Day concert, except as regular fans know, there are a few more treats

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ahead of us yet. Present by a member of the orchestra, that bouquet of

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flowers contributed this year by the orchestra itself. Grown by the

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gardeners and nurserymen and women of Austria. Well put together by the

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look of it, as he struggles to pull one out. No, he's failed.

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APPLAUSE this is Daniel Barenboim's second

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appearance at the New Year's Day concert. Significance to the fact

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that the orchestra asked this great peacemaker and musical diplomat to

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return to conduct again. He is truly a citizen of the world. Born in

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Argentina, raised in Israel, travelling not just on their

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passports but on Palestinian and Spanish documents as well. It is a

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busy time of year for the players in the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. I

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was talking to one of those on stage today, Alina Pinchas. She was

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playing on Christmas Day, and had a performance of the Nutcracker in the

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morning and the evening. This is one of nine women on stage this year. It

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may still be a small percentage but at least it is up on 12 months ago.

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Maybe we'll be in double figures by 2015. There is controversy about the

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dominance of male players in this orchestra.

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The first encore. APPLAUSE The first encore by Johann

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Strauss, a quick polka, Carriere. Josef showing off his love of horse

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riding. Carriere is the fastest gait at which a horse can be ridden. A

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work that had an unfortunate start. Its premiere at the Volksgarten, the

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day after the Austrian northern Army had been decisive battle of the

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Austro-Prussian war, hence the work got rather overlooked. This concert

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shown on big screens in cafes and hotels across Vienna this morning. I

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imagine the waiters in the cafes around the Musikverein casting a

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final eye at the arrangements of cutlery and glasses ready for an

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onslaught of hungry concert goers or musicians, rad for a glass of

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Gruener Veliner to wash it down with. The Philharmonic Orchestra

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stay in the Imperial Hotel, with a red carpet laid down for the maestro

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to across this morning. -- to cross this morning.

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MUSIC: "The Blue Danube Waltz op.314" by Johann Strauss

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE by the beautiful Blue Danube, the

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official anthem of Vienna and Austria, played by the Vienna

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Philharmonic, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. This New Year's Day.

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Dance from Vienna State Ballet. We can all be part of this biggest ever

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musical New Year's greet. Follow us on Twitter. We are nearly at the end

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of this year's festivities. The performance is supported by Rolex.

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And conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Shaking hands with members of the

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orchestra. This is his second appearance conducting the New Year's

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Day concert. And what charm and spirit he's brought to proceedings,

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delighting the audience here, including his wife, Elena

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Bashkirova, and his violinist son, is and I spotted Julie Andrews

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earlier, who commentates for the Americans. If you fancy being in the

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audience next year, for real, tickets cost between 30 and 940

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euros. To get them you need to register.

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MUSIC: "Radetzky March, op.228" by Johann Strauss Sr

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Daniel Barenboim shaking hands with

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the Vienna Philharmonic in the Radetzky March by Strauss senior. If

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you want to be here next year, you have until January 23rd to register

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your details at the Vienna Philharmonic website. That's it for

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this Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day Concert. From me, Petroc

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Trelawny, and all of us here in Vienna, happy new year and very best

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wishes for 2014.

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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.


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