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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance, 15 Feb 2012
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Jan Sørensen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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This issue of this years New Year's Concert is among the very best from the last decade. The Lumbye Railway Galopp, which I as Dane has known from my childhood, is performed brilliantly. The CD is worth every Penny
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Year's Concert from the Vienna Philharmonic and Conductor Mariss Jansons, 10 Jan 2012
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John Kwok (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
In a program that emphasizes polkas over waltzes, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) gives yet another riveting, quite inspired, New Year's Concert performance featuring the superb musicianship of orchestra concertmaster Rainer Honeck and conductor Mariss Jansons, who returns for his second New Year's Concert program, the latest in a fruitful twenty year-old partnership (Among the musicians is the orchestra's first American member, trombonist Jeremy Wilson, whose first - and only - orchestral audition was with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra - from whom the members of the Wiener Philharmoniker are elected to - in 2007, becoming a member of the Wiener Philharmoniker in 2011.). Featured are polkas and quadrilles composed by Johann Strauss, Sr., Eduard Strauss ("Carmen Quadrille"), Joseph Strauss and Johann Strauss, including the likes of "Tritsch-Trasch" and "Thunder and Lightning" polkas. One of the musical highlights includes Jansons conducting and playing simultaneously, a most unique percussion instrument, and the Vienna Boys Choir accompanying the Wiener Philharmoniker, in "Fireproof Polka" (Joseph Strauss). Others included the New Year's Concert debut performances of Hans Christian Lumbye's "Copenhagen Railway Steam Gallop "(a Danish admirer of Johann Strauss, who was Tivoli Gardens' musical director) and Peter I. Tchaikovsky's "Panorama" and "Waltz" from the ballet "Sleeping Beauty". According to longstanding tradition, this concert ends on a most triumphant note with the encores "Blue Danube Waltz" (Johann Strauss) and "Radetzky March" (Johann Strauss, Sr.).

Not including the two traditional encores and two other works, here is the official program for the New Year's Concert, featuring the Vienna Boys Choir on both the "Tritsch-Tratsch" and "Fireproof" polkas:

Program
Johann and Joseph Strauss: Vaterländischer Marsch (Fatherland March)"
Johann Strauss: Rathausball-Tänze (City Hall Ball Dances)", Waltz, op. 438
Johann Strauss: Entweder - oder! (Either - Or!)", Fast Polka, op. 403
Johann Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch (Chit-Chat)", Polka, op. 214
Carl Michael Ziehrer: Wiener Bürger (Viennese Folk)", Waltz, op. 419
Johann Strauss: Albion Polka", op. 102
Joseph Strauss: Jokey Polka (Jockey Polka)", Fast Polka, op. 278
- Intermission -
Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr.: Danse Diabolique (Diabolic Dance)
Joseph Strauss: Künstler-Gruss (Artists Greeting)", Polka française, op. 274
Johann Strauss: Freuet euch des Lebens (Enjoy Life)", Waltz, op. 340
Johann Strauss, Sr.: Sperl Galopp", op. 42
Hans Christian Lumbye: Copenhagen Railway Steam Gallop
Joseph Strauss: Feuerfest (Fireproof)", Polka française, op. 269
Eduard Strauss: Carmen-Quadrille", op. 134
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Panorama" from the Ballet Sleeping Beauty", op. 66
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Waltz" from the Ballet Sleeping Beauty", op. 66
Johann and Joseph Strauss: Pizzicato Polka", no opus number
Johann Strauss: Persischer Marsch (Persian March)", op. 289
Joseph Strauss: Brennende Liebe (Burning Love)", Polka Maz
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably the best recording yet, and a splendid and varied programme., 16 Jan 2012
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D. S. CROWE "Music Lover" (UK) - See all my reviews
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These recordings come about every year,(of course!) and are pretty similar. The 1987 Karajan recording is a landmark and a "must have" for all lovers of the Strauss family, and both Harnoncourt concerts were especially fine, but by and large the recordings duplicate too much material for most collectors to want to purchase every one-and that applies to me too. I did buy the first Jansons concert, which I thought was exceptionally fine, and having enjoyed the broadcast of this concert, I happily ordered the CD recording.
The distinguishing factors in this year's issue are the exceptional recording quality, and the unusual programme.
Sony/BMG has again commissioned Teldex of Berlin, who were responsible for the excellent Vienna recordings with Maazel and Harnoncourt, to act for them- with once again superb results. The thunder has never rumbled so loudly and clearly in "Donner und Blitzen", the train effects in the Lumbye number are beautifully caught, and the orchestra is reproduced with the usual warmth and beauty but with more detail revealed than ever before.
The novelties include the Lumbye ("The Strauss of the North") number, the Sleeping Beauty excerpts, the riotous Carmen Quadrille and the exquisite "Tic Tac." Familiar numbers by Ziehrer and Hellmesberger are included, but the biggest novelty is the introduction of the Vienna Boys Choir, the first vocal inclusion since Battle for Karajan in 1987.
So, a well balanced selection of the familiar and unfamiliar, recorded to a standard which is the best yet-phenomenal sense of presence-and lovingly conducted by Jansons, making this a great recommendation for those looking for just one recording, and a splendid addition to the collections of those collecting more recordings.
The eagle-eyed will spot that the artwork is taken from Jansons' previous concert-time was obviously of the essence in rushing out the recording for release-as the photographs highlight Rainer Kuchl as the Konzertmeister whereas it was in fact Rainer Honeck this time around. I don't think we can complain about that!
Richly enjoyable and totally recommended. 5 Stars Plus. Stewart Crowe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another enjoyable performance to add to a collection of winning events, 23 Feb 2012
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This 2012 edition in the series of New Year's Day concerts from Vienna features the return of Mariss Jansons to the podium for the event after his earlier 2006 debut. On this occasion he seems more at ease and the sense of greater relaxation is an advantage. Generally he keeps things moving at a fairly brisk rate without ever being extreme. The orchestra play with their customary skill and panache.

The concert programme starts by including quite a number of less familiar items which provide an additional level of interest, even though the audience takes a little time to warm up to this selection. Once the final well-known items are included the responses become noticeably more enthusiastic. This is not surprising - it is New Year's Day after all and quality entertainment is the prime order of the day. As a further Viennese attraction there are two items featuring the Vienna Boys Choir.

Mariss Jansons has had links with both Vienna and Leningrad as part of his initial studies and this link is explored in no less than 7 items including a welcome first appearance of some Tchaikovsky at these concerts. There are further moments of variety on offer too with Jansons demonstrating his performing abilities on not just the railway guard's whistle and by ringing a clock but also, more demandingly, on a pair of anvils. Naturally this extra expertise is fully appreciated by the enthusiastic audience who are by now fully warmed up!

In summary then, 2012 is a satisfying addition to this recorded series of concerts and strays enough off the beaten path to add musical interest to the familiar. The recording team at Sony have produced spectacular imaging with a range of interesting aerial views of the performers as well as views from outside the concert hall which are inserted at points during the music. The sound in DTS is as fine as you could wish for. The concert is generous at just under 2 hours. The bonus features are also generous and interesting and include three of the traditional ballet contributions. These can therefore be seen separately rather than superimposing them over the main concert presentation. The other bonus features the 'Philharmonics' group who play throughout a Mary 'Poppinsesque' guided tour of Vienna replete with magical flying characters. Very charming if a little far-fetched!

Altogether another recommendable entry in a justifiably popular series and deserving of serious consideration as a potential purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New years concert 2012., 26 Jan 2012
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Helen Lore Zetter "helen zetter" (wisboroughgreen w.susex u.k.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: New Year's Concert 2012 (Audio CD)
A far more traditional New Years Concert than the 2011 disc.I was in two minds whether to buy this years disc after listening to last years which was so dull.But the 2012 disc has given me faith to carry on collecting this group of discs.This concert in Vienna is the highlight of New Years Eve,to get a ticket is like gold dust,therefore having the disc brings back memories,and that can never be a bad thing when something went so well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some opening teasers and a well-packed program, 5 Jan 2012
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John Austin "austinjr@bigpond.net.au" (Kangaroo Ground, Australia) - See all my reviews
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You might think you are getting a sneak preview at the start of this concert. Surely the orchestra is drunk and is having fun with the march and the waltz that traditionally conclude this annual event! Not so! The opening item is in fact jointly composed by Johann and Josef Strauss in which they recall their father's "Radetzky March", and in the second item Johann Strauss weaves many threads taken from "An der schonen blauen Donnau". And so the fun continues. The Vienna Boys' Choir provides some gratuitous vocal colour, the conductor demonstrates how to play a couple of anvils, many rarely used percussion instruments are deployed, non-Viennese composers Tchaikovsky and Lumbye get into the act, and there are the expected ballet sequences and views of the audience, the floral decorations and the glorious interior of the Musikverein, Vienna.

A proportion of the program comprises premier inclusions at this annual event - six numbers here, I believe. Optional repeats in the waltzes are usually omitted, allowing for as many as 23 items to comprise the program. Whereas earlier CDs and DVDs provide only 80 or 90 minutes, the duration here is 145 minutes.

Jansons coaxes luscious sounds from the orchestra, setting slower tempi than usual except in the "Carmen Quadrille". Amongst the orchestra personnel you won't see many familiar faces this time. In the audience you'll easily recognise Julie Andrews.

What will bring a smile to your lips or a tear to your eye may vary from person to person. For me it's been two items by Josef Strauss: "Delirien" and "Brennende Liebe".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Year's Concert from the Vienna Philharmonic & Conductor Mariss Jansons, 3 Jan 2012
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John Kwok (New York, NY USA) - See all my reviews
In a program that emphasizes polkas over waltzes, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) gives yet another riveting, quite inspired, New Year's Concert performance featuring the superb musicianship of orchestra concertmaster Rainer Honeck and conductor Mariss Jansons, who returns for his second New Year's Concert program, the latest in a fruitful twenty year-old partnership (The video features the excellent dancers of the Vienna City Ballet and eloquent commentary from actress Julie Andrews, once again hosting this concert, which is co-produced by ORF and American PBS television station WNET. Among the musicians is the orchestra's first American member, trombonist Jeremy Wilson, whose first - and only - orchestral audition was with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra - from whom the members of the Wiener Philharmoniker are elected to - in 2007, becoming a member of the Wiener Philharmoniker in 2011.). Featured are polkas and quadrilles composed by Johann Strauss, Sr., Eduard Strauss ("Carmen Quadrille"), Joseph Strauss and Johann Strauss, including the likes of "Tritsch-Trasch" and "Thunder and Lightning" polkas. One of the musical highlights includes Jansons conducting and playing simultaneously, a most unique percussion instrument, and the Vienna Boys Choir accompanying the Wiener Philharmoniker, in "Fireproof Polka" (Joseph Strauss). Others included the New Year's Concert debut performances of Hans Christian Lumbye's "Copenhagen Railway Steam Gallop "(a Danish admirer of Johann Strauss, who was Tivoli Gardens' musical director) and Peter I. Tchaikovsky's "Panorama" and "Waltz" from the ballet "Sleeping Beauty". According to longstanding tradition, this concert ends on a most triumphant note with the encores "Blue Danube Waltz" (Johann Strauss) and "Radetzky March" (Johann Strauss, Sr.).

Not including the two traditional encores, and two additional works, including the "Thunder and Lightning" polka, here is the official program for the New Year's Concert, featuring the Vienna Boys Choir on both the "Tritsch-Tratsch" and "Fireproof" polkas:

Program
Johann and Joseph Strauss: Vaterländischer Marsch (Fatherland March)"
Johann Strauss: Rathausball-Tänze (City Hall Ball Dances)", Waltz, op. 438
Johann Strauss: Entweder - oder! (Either - Or!)", Fast Polka, op. 403
Johann Strauss: Tritsch-Tratsch (Chit-Chat)", Polka, op. 214
Carl Michael Ziehrer: Wiener Bürger (Viennese Folk)", Waltz, op. 419
Johann Strauss: Albion Polka", op. 102
Joseph Strauss: Jokey Polka (Jockey Polka)", Fast Polka, op. 278
- Intermission -
Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr.: Danse Diabolique (Diabolic Dance)
Joseph Strauss: Künstler-Gruss (Artists Greeting)", Polka française, op. 274
Johann Strauss: Freuet euch des Lebens (Enjoy Life)", Waltz, op. 340
Johann Strauss, Sr.: Sperl Galopp", op. 42
Hans Christian Lumbye: Copenhagen Railway Steam Gallop
Joseph Strauss: Feuerfest (Fireproof)", Polka française, op. 269
Eduard Strauss: Carmen-Quadrille", op. 134
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Panorama" from the Ballet Sleeping Beauty", op. 66
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Waltz" from the Ballet Sleeping Beauty", op. 66
Johann and Joseph Strauss: Pizzicato Polka", no opus number
Johann Strauss: Persischer Marsch (Persian March)", op. 289
Joseph Strauss: Brennende Liebe (Burning Love)", Polka Maz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely music, 13 July 2013
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The music and the wonderful setting really was superb. The humour and wonderful scenes made it lovely to share with friends of all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Tear's Concert 2012, 11 Jan 2013
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I bought this CD/DVD for myself as I love to watch Andre Rieu, he is a marvellous Musician and I also love his music.
This CD?DVD is worth every penny .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential listening, 12 Dec 2012
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The latest in the series and again introduces items not often heard. If you watch the TV on New Year's Day this will bring back the experience. Try to collect previous year's recordings.
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