2014 New Year's Day Concert


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


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


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


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


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


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


we will be enjoying the splendours of a sumptuously restored city


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


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


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


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


shares their surname. Richard Strauss.


APPLAUSE Daniel Barenboim conducting the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Klipp Klapp Galop from Johann Strauss Junior's operetta


Waldmeister, written by the 70-year-old composer just four years


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


misty start, very mild for the time of year, very warm inside the


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


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


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


showing the concert, Daniel Barenboim's involvement meaning 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,


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


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


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


TV viewers will see the music illustrated by pictures of the


Augustinian monastery at Klosterneuburg, filled with art


treasures and with wonderful Gothic architecture. It celebrates its


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


score. Wilfried Scharf playing the zither,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


race around the Ringstrasse took place yesterday, annual performances


of Offenbach's operetta Die Fledermaus at Vienna State Opera


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


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


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


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


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


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


A French polka by former Vienna Phil concertmaster Josef Hellmesberger.


Next, we are going to serenade the flowers.


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


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


and florists from Vienna. This year marks the 150th


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


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


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.


Daniel Barenboim conducts the Moonshine Music from Capriccio,


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


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


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


city. Music by Josef Lanner, the


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


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


Royal Ballet principal dancer and director of Scottish Ballet in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Year's Day premieres. Clemens Hellsberg, Vienna


Philharmonic president, told me yesterday that even after 74


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


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


The pizzicato polka from Sylvia by Delibes with dancers from Vienna


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


richness of its design almost overpowering, the golden caryatids


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


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


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


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


reference to the great opera composer Richard Strauss next, born


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


Richard Strauss unmistakably echoed in his masterwork Der Rosenkavalier.


CHEERING AND APPLAUSE The Dynamiden Waltz by Josef


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


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


opera Der Rosenkavalier. Josef Strauss died terribly young, just


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


polka called Without A Care. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE


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


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


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


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


orchestra with that bouquet of flowers, contributed this year by


the orchestra itself, grown by gardeners and nurserymen and women


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


one out! He has failed! This, Daniel Barenboim's second


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


that the orchestra asked to this great peacemaker and musical


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


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


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


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


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


for this concert on Saturday and Sunday with performances in the


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


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


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


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




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


arrangements of cutlery and glasses before the onslaught of concertgoers


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


the concert. Vienna Philharmonic conductors traditionally stay in the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Day concert performance by the BNL Philharmonic supported by Rolex and


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


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


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


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


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


the American television coverage of this event, broadcast to 92


countries around the world this year. If you fancy being in the


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


euros. To get then you need to register...


Daniel Barenboim shaking hands with BBN Philharmonic in the Radetzky


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


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


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


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


Barenboim on the rostrum after delightfully leading us through this


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


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


you and a very happy New Year.


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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