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New Year's Day Concert 2008

Georges Prêtre Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Jan 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000XH2BJI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Johann Strauss II Napoleon-Marsch, op. 156
2. Josef Strauss Dorfschwalben aus Österreich. Walzer,op.164 br>
3. Josef Strauss Laxenburger Polka, op. 60
4. Johann Strauss I Pariser Walzer
5. Johann Strauss I Versailler Galopp
6. Johann Strauss II Orpheus-Quadrille, op. 236
7. Joseph Hellmesberger jr. Kleiner Anzeiger. Galopp, op. 4
8. Johann Strauss II Ouvertüre zu "Indigo und die vierzig Räuber"
9. Johann Strauss II Freuet euch des Lebens. Walzer, op. 340
10. Johann Strauss II Bluette. Polka francaise, op. 271
11. Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch. Polka schnell, op. 214
12. Joseph Lanner Hofball-Tänze. Walzer, op. 161
13. Josef Strauss Die Libelle. Polka mazur, op. 204
14. Johann Strauss II Russischer Marsch, op. 426
15. Johann Strauss I Chineser-Galopp, op. 20
16. Johann Strauss II Kaiser-Walzer, op. 437
17. Johann Strauss II Die Bajadere. Polka schnell, op. 351
18. Josef Strauss Sport-Polka. Polka schnell, op. 170
19. Johann Strauss II An der schönen blauen Donau, op. 314
20. Johann Strauss I Radetzkymarsch, op. 228

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The New Year's Concert in Vienna has been a glorious tradition year on year for over six decades. A best-selling classical event year on year, the concert has unique global appeal. It is broadcast on TV and radio to over 50 countries, and is viewed by tens of millions of people all over the world.

The 2008 New Year's Day Concert will be conducted by the eminent conductor Georges Prêtre for the first time. Prêtre is the first French conductor to receive this honour. The concert programme for 1st January 2008 will be the customary collection of Strauss delights, but this time with a French theme.

The concert will open with Napoleon March op.156 by Johann Strauss II, performed for the first time in a New Year's Concert. Other French novelties include the waltz Paris by the elder Johann Strauss, composed in 1838 for his Paris concerts, and the Versailles Galop. Also performed for the first time are the Orpheus Quadrille, which was greeted with thunderous applause at its first performance in April 1860, and the Laxenburg Polka by Josef Strauss.

The traditional encores the Blue Danube Waltz and Radetzky March, will be joined by the Sport Polka, as a nod to the European Football Championship in Vienna in 2008. The year's second great sporting event, the Summer Olympics in Beijing, is saluted by the orchestra earlier in the programme with an early work of the elder Johann Strauss, his exotically coloured Chinese Galop.

George Prêtre has a special association with the Wiener Philharmoniker dating back to 1966. He is one of the few French Artists to have received the highest decorations both in France and abroad: Commander of the French Légion d'honneur and the Austrian Cross for Services Rendered to Science and the Arts. He also became Honorary Member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna - the highest decoration an artist can obtain in Vienna.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Some first time inclusions. 27 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
With a world-wide TV and radio audience guaranteed and a tradition going back nearly 80 years, the Vienna Philharmonic New Year concerts can now afford to present several first time inclusions selected from the works of the over-worked and over-stressed Strauss Family. Six items in the 2008 program make their first appearance. Two are by Strauss The Father including a waltz with a short introduction that becomes very loud. These two items acknowledge French inspiration, as does Johann The Son's "Orpheus Quadrille", entirely based (not merely providing "echoes" as the booklet writer asserts) on melodies from Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld".

Another first time inclusion is the veteran French conductor Georges Prêtre whose selection of tempi changes within the waltzes and polkas are nicely judged even if they remove the music far away from its dance origins.

Those who wish to have the concert in DVD format can access some ballet sequences - distinctly more modern in style than usually provided, but timed to fit the music perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise 4 Jan 2009
Format:MP3 Download
The choice of the elderly Pretre to conduct this concert was a bit of a surprise, especially as the concert is performed three times-quite a test of stamina for the old boy. He sails through it with flying colours and yields little if anything to his perhaps more illustrious forbears. Sound is absolutely cracking and, as an aside, I wish that the BBC had not made such a disgraceful mess of televising this years concert. They seem terrified of classical music in any shape, form or guise. But this 2008 concert is terrific.
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Distinguished French operatic conductor Georges Pretre was definitely an odd choice to lead this year's concert at Vienna's venerable Musikverein, but he demonstrates a warm affinity for the Viennese waltz tradition in this rather well-played concert. With the possible exception of the Blue Danube Waltz, I thought Pretre was absolutely superb in conducting the Wiener Philharmoniker, though perhaps it was more the Wiener Philharmoniker, not Pretre himself, who understood quite well the rich musical textures of J. Strauss II's scores. Nonetheless, this has to rank among the better New Year's Concerts in recent memory, even though I regard as more memorable both of Harnoncourt's concerts conducted earlier in this decade, as well as Mehta's exceptional 2007 concert. And yet, as I have noted before, Pretre demonstrates that he is a fine interpreter of the Strauss family's music, which is represented here by works composed not only by Johann Strauss II, but also several pieces - including the traditional encore "Radetzky March" - by his father Johann Strauss I and by his brother Josef Strauss. Following in the wake of Warner Classics (Teldec) and Deutsche Grammophon, Decca has wisely opted to present the entire concert in this two CD package.
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