Live from Vienna 2017 New Year's Day Concert

Live from Vienna 2017

Petroc Trelawny hosts the classic start to the year where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are joined in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein by conductor Gustavo Dudamel.

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Welcome to the Musikverein for the climax


of the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Day Concert.


A sunny, crisp and chilly start to the New Year.


The place is as rich and glorious in its design and acoustic


as a slice of Esterhazy Torte is in its taste and texture.


The New Year's Day concert performance by the Vienna


of the orchestra's 175th anniversary season,


and also the New Year debut of Gustavo Dudamel,


the Venezuelan musician, 35 years old,


the youngest conductor ever to lead this annual concert.


Well, Franz von Suppe was the father of Viennese operetta.


Born in Split, now in Croatia, but once part


who came to Vienna at 16 to study at the Conservatoire.


He created more than 200 stage works,


most of them relegated to dusty shelves,


but the overture to Pique Dame, The Queen Of Spades,


Gustavo Dudamel makes his way onto the platform.


The Vienna Philharmonic rises to its feet


MUSIC: Overture from the operetta Pique Dame


The overture to Franz von Suppe's Pique Dame.


Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.


Ballet has long been a popular part of the New Year's Day Concert,


and this year we meet dancers from the Vienna State Ballet


in the park of the Hermesvilla, built by the Emporer Franz Josef


in an attempt to curb the wanderlust of his beloved wife Sisi.


The music is a waltz from Der Schatzmeister,


MUSIC: Hereinspaziert! by Carl M Ziehrer


Gustavo Dudamel conducting the waltz 'Step Right Up'.


From Der Schatzmeister by Carl Michael Ziehrer.


The tale of an assessor working in a pawnbroker 's office.


The Italian Renato Zanella, who was artistic director


at the Vienna State Ballet for ten years, is the choreographer


Singverein, an amateur chorus long associated with the orchestra.


They are going to join the Vienna Philharmonic in


the 'Moonrise' from Otto Nicholai's comic opera 'The Merry Wives


Last year we marked the 400th anniversary


of William Shakespeare's death - this year in Vienna the celebrations


are for the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Vienna


And Otto Nicholai was one of the three men who, in 1842,


decided to found a professional orchestra in this city.


Nicolai set out the rules, which survive to this day,


the orchestra is self governing, players appoint the conductor,


and divide the earnings amongst themselves.


The Vienna Singverein and Philharmonic honouring


Otto Nicholai, one of the orchestra's founders 175 years ago.


Moonrise, from his opera 'The Merry Wives of Windsor'.


Just a second to enjoy the flowers decorating the Golden Hall.


30,000 blossoms, nurtured for today by the staff


of Vienna's Municipal Department No 42 - which runs the city's


The director keen to reflect on the rich colours of Venezuela,


Deep pink and green flamingo flowers, cymbidia.


MUSIC: Pepita-Polka by Johann Strauss II


That was The Pepita Polka by Johann Strauss.


Strauss honouring a famous Spanish dancer who came to Vienna.


Strauss responding to events around him,


as he did again in 1873 when the Rotunda opened for the 1873


World Exhibition in Vienna - it had an English architect.


Strauss wrote a quadrille in honour of the building.


MUSIC: Rotunde-Quadrille by Johann Strauss II


written by Strauss for the World's Fair of 1873.


Alas, weeks of rainfall, a cholera epidemic,


a stock-market crash and global economic crisis


The rotunda was finally destroyed by a fire in 1937.


A reminder that you can see the New Year's Day Concert


Meanwhile, Radio 3 is preparing a bracing start to 2017


celebrating the Second Viennese School,


the modernists making their name here at the start


of the 20th century - Webern, Berg and Schoenberg.


Breaking Free: The Minds That Changed Music


starts this afternoon on Radio 3 and runs all week.


The famous Lipizzaner horses are one of the symbols of Vienna.


We'll see them next as we visit the Spanish Riding School,


accompanied by Strauss's waltz The Extravagants.


By the way, they are not actually white horses, they are dark, they


get progressively lighter grey each year.


MUSIC: Die Extravaganten by Johann Strauss II


Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Vienna Philharmonic


in Johann Strauss Junior's waltz The Extravagants,


His father now, and a galop he composed after a group


of Indian classical dancers visited Vienna in the late 1830s.


Received, it seems, with confused curiosity from the Viennese public.


MUSIC: Indianer-Galopp by Johann Strauss


The Indian Galop by Johann Strauss Senior.


Working our way through the family, his middle son Josef next,


a valley in southeastern Lower Austria,


predominantly by Protestant timber workers.


This is the polka, The Girl From Nasswald.


MUSIC: Die Nasswalderin by Johann Strauss


A man who can play the whistle and conduct at the same time.


The Girl from Nusswald - by Josef Strauss.


More dancing next this New Year's morning.


You may have detected that the ballet we saw earlier


Next though we have dancers actually with us here


in the Musikverein - students of the Vienna State


They are going to dance to a Polka Johann Strauss


wrote for a party at his own Palace in Vienna's 4th District in 1888.


A hundred guests, the last of whom didn't leave


Maybe you can relate to that this morning.


MUSIC: Auf zum Tanze! By Johann Strauss II


A comedy role for one of the ushers here at the Musikverein,


or maybe he was a costumed dancer.


Strauss's first operetta was called


The work rather struggled under an incredibly complicated storyline.


But the waltz that emerged from the project,


'A Thousand and One Nights', is considered one of Strauss's finest.


MUSIC: Tausend und eine Nacht by Johann Strauss II


Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.


Now, Vienna has museums filled with Old Masters,


but it also has museums dedicated to globes, to funerals,


all of which make the clock museum seem pretty mainstream.


with Johann Strauss' Tik-Tak-Polka from Die Fledermaus.


It's located in one of the oldest houses in the centre of the city,


and it's home to around 4,000 clocks,


MUSIC: Tik-Tak by Johann Strauss II


That comes from Strauss's operetta Die Fledermaus,


one of the traditions of New Year in Vienna,


on last night and again this evening,


at the both the Volksoper and the Vienna State Opera,


where Otto Schenk's lavish production gets another outing.


Other New Year traditions here include the bells


of the Stephansdom ringing out the old and in the new,


loud fireworks across the city, pigs in porcelain,


glass and marzipan to bring good luck,


and Dinner For One on the television.


Its punch line - "Same procedure as every year" -


seems to rather reflect the continuity


One member of the Strauss family missing until now.


Eduard next, the youngest of the brothers,


Who became conductor of the Strauss Orchestra in 1861,


touring with them across two continents,


and performing in 840 towns and cities.


When he disbanded the orchestra in New York in 1901,


the last work on the programme was the fast polka With Pleasure.


MUSIC: Mit Vergnugen by Eduard Strauss


Eduard Strauss's polka With Pleasure.


The Vienna Philharmonic players and Maestro Dudamel


And British too, designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood


and her Austrian husband, Andreas Kronthaler,


tailored in the elegant cut of Savile Row bespoke,


a modern interpretation of the traditional tailcoat for men,


get a short jacket inspired by a frock coat.


The outfits making their first appearance on stage today.


175 years of the Vienna Philharmonic,


First heard in February 1867 at a ball in Leopoldstadt district,


then performed with words sung by choir.


The Austrian Mint has produced silver five euro coin to celebrate.


Rather appropriate, as Strauss was paid one gold ducat


A work that over the years has become an unofficial


key to the New Year and this New Year's Day Concert.


Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, the director of the LA Philharmonic and


the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela.


MUSIC: An der schonen blauen Donau by Johann Strauss II


Die Wiener Philharmoniker und ich wunschen Ihnen...


MUSIC: An der schonen blauen Donau by Johann Strauss II


The Blue Danube, by Johann Strauss Junior,


This Orchestra, 175 years old this year.


Gustavo Dudamel, at 35, the youngest conductor ever to lead


There is one New Year tradition left.


It was an Austrian Army Band who premiered Strauss Senior's


Then it was the officers who clapped and stamped their heels


Now the entire audience of the Musikverein beats something


MUSIC: Radetzky-Marsch by Johann Strauss


Great direction of the audience here from Gustavo Dudamel.


The Radetsky March - by Johann Strauss Junior.


And so 2017 is upon us, no stopping the clock or the calendar.


As Walter Scott once said "Each age has deemed the new-born year


Cheer may be in shorter supply than usual this New Year. But I hope the


rich tradition of this concept has brought some joy. Julie Andrews


presents this concert on American television. The audience may look


well behaved but as soon as we go off air there will be something of a


scrambled to grab the flowers. With many thanks to our colleagues


at ORF and Eurovision - this is Petroc Trelawny bidding


you farewell from Vienna and wishing Oh, my...


Dai! Your gays have arrived.


Petroc Trelawny is our host for the traditional classic start to the year where the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are joined in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein by the exuberant and exhilarating Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel for the 2017 New Year's Day Concert Live from Vienna.

Gustavo Dudamel is the youngest ever conductor to lead the orchestra in their annual celebration of the music of the Strauss family and their contemporaries and he brings his individual and exciting style to the proceedings. As well as a mix of the finest galops, polkas and waltzes, the concert ends, as always, with the beloved By the Beautiful Blue Danube and the stirring Radetzky March.

The concert is broadcast in over 90 countries with an estimated 50 million television viewers around the world and for 2017 there is not only the customary appearance by the Vienna State Ballet - this year performing both on location and live inside the Musikverein - but also a performance by the Choir of the Society of the Friends of Music. Founded in 1858, this amateur chorus is consistently ranked among the best concert choirs in the world.

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