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Various: New Year's Concert 20 [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Coverage of the Vienna Philharmonic's 2013 New Year's Concert, featuring Franz Welser-Möst as conductor. Welser-Möst is currently the music director for both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera and is recognised as one of the foremost conductors of his age.
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There is an unusual number of first performances in this year's concert, partly to do with the 2013 anniversary celebrations of Wagner and Verdi's bicentenaries. As a result we hear Wagner's Lohengrin Prelude to Act 3 and Verdi's Act 3 ballet music from Don Carlo. In addition there are other references such as J. Strauss II's Melodies Quadrille based on Verdian themes.
Another emphasis in this year's concert is the music of Josef Strauss with seven of his works of which five receive début performances at these concerts. His popular Music of the Spheres waltz is included and is a reminder of his own qualities as a composer of Viennese music. One extra link with Josef Strauss was the presence of his great-granddaughter whose 90th birthday took place the previous July and who was briefly identified on film, clearly enjoying the concert.
Hellmesberger II and Lanner, both important figures in the Viennese musical world, are included too and the concert includes Suppe's Light Cavalry overture, last heard here in a gripping performance with Muti very much in charge. Welser-Most takes a more genial view which fits in with his whole approach to the concert.
Geniality is a strong feature of the Carnival of Venice Fantasy by J.Read more ›
This year Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst returns for his second New Year's Concert. Eleven items out of 19 are first performances at a New Year's Concert, including notably Wagner's Vorspiel from Lohengrin and Verdi's Ballet music from Don Carlo, for the composers' anniversaries. Also featured are works from Joseph Lanner and Joseph Hellmesberger II, as in Welser-Möst's debut in 2011.
The more well-known items (apart from the traditional encores) are von Suppé's Light Cavalry Overture, Josef Strauss' Music of the Spheres Waltz and the Chatterbox Quick Polka, just before the start of which Joseph Strauss' great-granddaughter, now in her 90s can be spotted. At about halfway the camera also briefly catches a glimpse of Julie Andrews who has been hosting the American PBS version of the Concert for a few years with great charm.
From last year the concert is no longer directed by Brian Large as in previous years but there have been no major changes except more use of the camcat which runs on wire diagonally across the ceiling from the front to the back of the hall. The rotation shots occur too many times and too quickly for comfort and add nothing to the concert experience.
Alas video quality isn't so good and it's obvious from the outset the picture is softer than previous Blu-rays from Decca (2011 with Welser-Möst) or Sony itself (2012 with Mariss Jansons). All these are encoded in 1080i60 AVC but this year the bit-rates are notably lower than previous years: 12-33 Mbps vs. 25-30s Mbps. Both of the Sony pictures are darker than the Decca but have more white clipping (noticeable on the pages of the music) and the hall has a dark yellow hue instead of a shiny gold.Read more ›
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AS USUAL, HIS CONDUCTING WAS SUPERB, WITH FAVOURITE WALTZES AND POLKAS. THE ONLY PLUS POINT IS THAT IN THIS DISC INCIDENTALLY
BOTH WAGNER AND VERDI WERE CELEBRATING THEIR... Read more
The choice of music whilst varying slightly year to year makes this concert " to die for"
.Only the Proms compare
vienna philharmony is usually attractive, the new years concert 2013 very special. it will be nice to look it during christmas and new yearPublished on 9 Dec. 2013 by ANDRUS
AS always these recorded live New Year's day video relays are my real delight in life to purchase and play over and over again! Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2013 by ADRIAN
Plays perfectly and the scenes and music are sublime. Stupidly the site will not let me leave the description at that I have to type more words - how ridiculous.Published on 13 May 2013 by Amazon Customer
Great DTS sound. Beautiful images from orchesta playing the concert. It's even better than being onsite because of the many views and details shown.Published on 20 April 2013 by Alfonso
I was given a blu-ray player for Christmas mainly so that so that I could begin to enjoy the high quality audio the medium offers. Thisd disc is a visual treat also!Published on 31 Mar. 2013 by P. Hamilton
Not quite as engaging as other recent New Year concerts, but always a joy to hear again in DTS surround sound - it is broadcast on New Years Day in Australia, but only in 720p... Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2013 by John M. Ness
There is clearly a fault with this disc but the procedure for returning it is much too complicated suppose I shall have to do withoutPublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by Roffed