2014 New Year's Day Concert


2014

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's traditional programme of music live from the Musikverein, alongside specially filmed performances by the Vienna State Ballet.


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I'm Petroc Trelawny, good morning and happy new year. You join us in

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the Golden Hall of the Musikverein here in Vienna, where the players of

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the Vienna Philharmonic are back on stage for the climax of their annual

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New Year's Day concert, this year directed by Daniel Barenboim. As

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well as the rich splendour of this ravishingly pretty concert hall,

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with its busts and caryatids and friezes, over the 90 minutes or so,

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we will be enjoying the splendours of a sumptuously restored city

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palace later, filled with dancers from the Vienna State Ballet. They

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are dressed by one of Great Britain's leading designers. And

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alongside the family Strauss, we'll mark the 150th birthday of a great

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opera composer who shared their name. Although he is unrelated, she

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shares their surname. Richard Strauss.

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APPLAUSE Daniel Barenboim conducting the

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Overture to Johann Strauss's operetta Waldmeister, a project that

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came at an opportune moment, at a time when many were writing the

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composer off, saying he'd run out of good ideas. The show was a huge hit,

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running for 88 performances. The score also included a Gallop. Part

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of the opera is set in a mill and the Gallop was performed by a

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chorus-line of apprentice millers. The tune was based on a song Strauss

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had written in his youth when he dated a miller's daughter.

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The Klipp Klapp Galop from Johann Strauss Junior's operetta

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Waldmeister, written by the 70-year-old composer just four 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, very warm inside the

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Musikverein. Daniel Barenboim is conducting in front of not far short

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of 2000 people, but that is dwarfed by the 50 million reckoned to tune

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in on radio and television around the world. This year, 92 countries

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showing the concert, Daniel Barenboim's involvement meaning for

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the first time it is being shown by the Palestine Broadcasting

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

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in China, and this year viewers in the tiny Pacific states of Tuvalu,

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the Cook Islands and Nauru also join the party for the first time.

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We have a little less far to travel this morning, we are heading to the

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Vienna Woods for Tales From The Vienna Woods, dating from the 1860s.

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TV viewers will see the music illustrated by pictures of the

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Augustinian monastery at Klosterneuburg, filled with art

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treasures and with wonderful Gothic architecture. It celebrates its

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900th anniversary this year. The zither features in the school. --

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score. Wilfried Scharf playing the zither,

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delighting Daniel Barenboim in Tales From The Vienna Woods, with pictures

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of the 900-year-old Klosterneuburg monastery. The Vienna Woods are very

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rural yet just a few miles from the centre of Vienna, very popular for a

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weekend trip, although not with Strauss himself, who hated climbing

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and never went walking in the woods. He hated heights so much that he

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would sit on the floor of his railway carriage to avoid seeing out

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the window when he took the train to Linz. Is there any better place to

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start the New Year than in Vienna? So much happening here, the annual

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race around the Ringstrasse took place yesterday, annual performances

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of Offenbach's operetta Die Fledermaus at Vienna State Opera

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tonight, Beethoven Nine is performed every new year at the Konzerthaus

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across the road. This is principally the day of the Strauss family, but

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Josef Hellmesberger also features each year. He was a conductor here

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at the start of the 20th century. Daniel Barenboim conducts a French

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polka by Hellmesberger. He was. By Mahler, an affair with a dancer

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didn't help his case much either! -- forced out.

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A French polka by former Vienna Phil concertmaster Josef Hellmesberger.

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Next, we are going to serenade the flowers.

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Josef Strauss' Bouquet Polka, and if you have been admiring the flowers,

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it is difficult not to. This time they are a gift from the gardeners

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and florists from Vienna. This year marks the 150th

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anniversary of Richard Strauss's birth - not related in any way to

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the Strauss family - but his music is often heard here in Vienna.

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Capriccio was his farewell to the opera stage. He started work on it

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in the summer of 1940. We are going to hear the Moonshine music.

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the Moonshine Music from Capriccio,

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performed when the countess is deep in thought on the terrace. Radio 3

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will be marking Richard Strauss' birthday by broadcasting all of his

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prose. Now we find the Vienna State Ballet dancers in the centre of the

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city. Music by Josef Lanner, the

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Romantics. The dancing could be considered Britain's contribution to

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this New Year's Day Concert. The choreography by Ashley Page, former

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Royal Ballet principal dancer and director of Scottish Ballet in

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Glasgow, and the costumes by Vivienne Westwood, who is married to

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an Austrian and in the past has designed for the Burgtheater here in

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Vienna. This is the 74th annual New Year's Day concert in Vienna. The

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first took place during the dark days of the Second World War.

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Clemens Krauss conducted. He was the first to get the Vienna Phil to

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regularly play music by the Strauss family. He had instigated an annual

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Strauss gala at the Salzburg Festival. It was broadcast for the

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first time on radio in 1953. A decade later it was broadcast across

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the continent via Eurovision, so beginning its role as a vital part

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of many people's New Year celebrations. Two polkas next by

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Josef Strauss that have never before been performed at a New Year's Day

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Concert. In a moment, shenanigans, but first a polka mazurka with a bit

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of teasing going on. The Shenanigans Polka, and before it

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the Teasing Polka, both by Josef Strauss, both getting their New

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Year's Day premieres. Clemens Hellsberg, Vienna

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Philharmonic president, told me yesterday that even after 74

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concerts they have still performed less than 50% of the published music

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of the Strauss family. More ballet next, music from France.

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The pizzicato polka from Sylvia by Delibes with dancers from Vienna

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State Ballet in costumes designed by Vivienne Westwood, performing at the

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Liechenstein family palace. If you are listening on Radio 3 this

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morning and want to see the dancing and the palace, don't forget

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extended highlights, two hours' worth, from today's concert on BBC

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Four at 7:00pm, now available in HD. The Musikverein was inaugurated in

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1870, built on a piece of land given by Emperor Franz Josef I. It's one

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of the world's most important concert halls, yet when you sit in

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it, it feels very intimate, more like a salon than a great hall. The

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richness of its design almost overpowering, the golden caryatids

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that appear to support the balcony, the fine tapestries hanging in front

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of the boxes, the marbling and the brilliantly bright friezes. The

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seating looks a bit utility, because it is designed to be moved on the

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two occasions each year when this place becomes a ballroom. Another

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reference to the great opera composer Richard Strauss next, born

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150 years ago this year. Josef Strauss's Dynamiden Waltz, which

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Richard Strauss unmistakably echoed in his masterwork Der Rosenkavalier.

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE The Dynamiden Waltz by Josef

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Strauss, with the alluring subtitle Secret Powers of Attraction. Music

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that was much to influence Richard Strauss when he came to write his

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opera Der Rosenkavalier. Josef Strauss died terribly young, just

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before his 43rd birthday. Just before he died, he wrote a sparkling

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polka called Without A Care. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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Daniel Barenboim shouting at the end of that polka by Josef Strauss,

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officially marking the end of the 20 14th the Vienna Philharmonic New

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Year's Day concert. Though, as regular fans will know, there are a

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few treats ahead of us yet. Presented by a member of the

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orchestra with that bouquet of flowers, contributed this year by

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the orchestra itself, grown by gardeners and nurserymen and women

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of Austria. Well put together by the look of it. As he struggles to pull

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one out! He has failed! This, 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 to this great peacemaker and musical

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

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Born in Argentina. Travelling on Palestinian documents as well. It is

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a busy time of year for the players in the orchestra. I was talking to

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one of those on stage today and she told me she was playing on Christmas

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Day in the Nutcracker at the State Opera and then again in rehearsals

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for this concert on Saturday and Sunday with performances in the

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morning and evening. Easy times. She is making her first appearance this

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year. One of nine women on stage this year. It may be a small

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percentage but it is up on a year ago. Maybe we'll be in double

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figures by 2015. It often causes controversy. This is the first

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encore. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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The first encore by Josef Strauss. Him showing off his love of horse

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riding. The name of it is the fastest speed at which a horse can

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be written. It had an unfortunate start in its premiere as it was the

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day the Austrian army had been defeated in a key battle in the

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Austro Prussian War. Hence the work was rather overlooked. This concert

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is being shown on big screens in cafes and hotels across Biela this

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morning. I'll imagine the waiters are casting a final eye over the

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arrangements of cutlery and glasses before the onslaught of concertgoers

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and musicians. -- across Biela. Not far for Daniel Barenboim to go after

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the concert. Vienna Philharmonic conductors traditionally stay in the

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adjacent Imperial Hotel, which has a back door opposite the Musikverein's

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stage door. The carpet is bearable for the maestro to cross.

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By The Beautiful Blue Danube, the unofficial national anthem of Vienna

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and Austria, played by the Vienna Philharmonic this New Year's Day.

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The dancers are from the Vienna State Ballet. Do you use the hashtag

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#prosit2014, we can all be part of the celebration.

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We are nearly at the end of this year's festivities, the New Year's

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Day concert performance by the BNL Philharmonic supported by Rolex and

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conducted by Daniel Barenboim. -- Vienna. He is shaking hands with

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members of the orchestra. This is his second appearance conducting the

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New Year's Day concert, what charm and a spirit he has brought to

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proceedings, the lighting the audience, including his wife, his

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violinist son Michael, and I spotted Julie Andrews as well! She presents

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the American television coverage of this event, broadcast to 92

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countries around the world this year. 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 then you need to register...

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Daniel Barenboim shaking hands with BBN Philharmonic in the Radetzky

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March by Strauss Senior. If you want to be here next day, you have until

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January the 23rd to register your details at the website. That is it

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for this 2014 New Year's Day concert, what a great way to

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celebrate the New Year here at the Musikverein in Vienna with Daniel

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Barenboim on the rostrum after delightfully leading us through this

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programme of 21 musical treats from this city and further appeal. From

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me, Petroc Trelawny, and all of us here in Vienna, good afternoon to

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you and a very happy New Year.

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in their traditional New Year's Day concert live from the Musikverein. Alongside waltzes, polkas and marches from the Strauss family, the programme features music by Richard Strauss as well as specially filmed performances by the Vienna State Ballet, choreographed by Ashley Page and with costumes designed by Vivienne Westwood.


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