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on 11 February 2013
This New Year's Day Concert is refreshingly different in that it
contains eleven works previously not performed at these concerts.
These include a work by Wagner (Prelude to act III of Lohengrin)
and a work by Verdi (ballet music from Don Carlos), appropriate
as it is the bicentenary year of both composers. The remaining
newcomers are mainly works by Josef Strauss. Some may regret
the absence of some of the more familiar big works but of course
the Blue Danube, Radetsky March are included together with
the exquisite "Where Lemon Trees Blossom" and "Music of the
Spheres".

The Austrian, Franz Welser -Most conducts and shows he is a
fine interpreter of this Viennese music whilst the playing of the Vienna
Philharmonic is, as expected, perfection. The CD sound quality (Sony)
seems to be more vibrant and clear than most recordings of New year's
Day Concerts.

All togerther, a recording to treasure.
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on 22 March 2013
I buy this CD when issued each year and it is up to it's usual standard....very enjoyable tolisten to as usual
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on 20 April 2013
The traditional Vienna Philharmonic Concert this was much more interesting that those from from previous years. It include much that was unfamiliar by Johann Strauss II and to include Wagner was adventurous but down well. All in all brilliant and Franz Welser-Most was more relaxed than on his first concert. A very fine issue.
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on 20 May 2013
If you like the Vienna Philharmonic you will love this disc. Apart from the usual "regulars" that are performed at every Neujahrskonzert, there are several not so common tracts included this year. Probably not for you if you are a fan of Andre Rieu!
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on 18 January 2013
In a concert emphasizing both the festive nature of the music being performed and the music of Josef Strauss, the middle brother, in the Strauss family dynasty of Austrian composers noted for their exceptional compositions of waltzes, polkas and other dances, this year's "New Year's Day Concert", should be noted for both the excellent playing of the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) and the fine conducting of Vienna State Opera Music Director - and Cleveland Orchestra Music Director - Franz Welser-Most. Most of the pieces performed include lesser known waltzes and polkas composed by Josef Strauss, regarded by his peers as the "Schubert of Waltz composers", with his best known work, the waltz "Music of the Spheres" among the highlights of the program; if for no other reason this is a concert that should be remembered for emphasizing Josef Strauss' exceptional gifts as a composer, surpassed only by his brother Johann Strauss II. It is followed later by a piece I have heard performed live by the Wiener Philharmoniker and other American orchestras before, the Prelude to Act III from Richard Wagner's "Lohengrin", in honor of the forthcoming bicentennial of his birth, but this is an especially distinguished interpretation emphasizing the warm, sonic qualities of the great hall of the Musikverein itself. Of course, the program concludes with the traditional encores of Johann Strauss II's "The Blue Danube" waltz and Johann Strauss I's "Radetzky March". To my surprise, this is the second consecutive year in which the Wiener Philharmoniker has opted not to issue the video and the CD by Deutsche Grammophon; instead, Sony is releasing both.

Courtesy of the Wiener Philharmoniker's website, here is the program, not including the three encores of which the first was a brief Josef Strauss piece followed by the "Blue Danube Waltz" and the "Radetzky March":

Josef Strauss: The Soubrette, Fast Polka, op. 109
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Kiss Waltz, op. 400
Josef Strauss: Theater Quadrille, op. 213
Johann Strauss, Jr.: From the Mountains, Waltz, op. 292
Franz von Suppé: Overture to the Operetta "Light Cavalry"

Intermission

Josef Strauss: Music of the Spheres, Waltz, op. 235
Josef Strauss: The Spinstress, Polka française, op. 192
Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act III of the Romantic Opera "Lohengrin", WWV 75
Joseph Hellmesberger, Jr.: In Confidence, Polka mazur, op. 15
Josef Strauss: Hesperus' Paths, Waltz, op. 279 Josef Strauss: The Runners, Fast Polka, op. 237
Joseph Lanner: Styrian Dances, op. 165
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Melodies Quadrille, op.112
Giuseppe Verdi: Prestissimo from the Ballet Music in Act III of the Opera "Don Carlo"
Johann Strauss, Jr.: Where the Lemon Trees Bloom, Waltz, op. 364
Johann Strauss, Sr.: Memories of Ernst or The Carnival of Venice, Fantasy, op. 126
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on 22 May 2013
Anyone who enjoyed watching the Concert will enjoy listening to this again and again. Everyone will enjoy these pieces of music.
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on 22 November 2013
These CD,s of the New Years Day Concerts Compliment all the Good Classical Music that was written by the great Composer,s.
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on 27 March 2013
Lovely CD with lots of familiar tunes. Great to listen to on a cold winters day with a big roaring fire.
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on 18 November 2015
Brilliant cd a must for any Strauss family collection
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on 4 June 2015
After other classics I did not like this one
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