New Year's Concert 2020 / Neujahrskonzert 2020

New Year's Concert 2020 / Neujahrskonzert 2020

by Andris NelsonsAndris Nelsons


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The Vienna Philharmonic's 2020 New Year's Concert, recorded live and released to the world before the end of January, was the first with conductor Andris Nelsons at the helm, although he often conducts the orchestra on other occasions. His program, although it contains quite a few pieces new to the annual tradition-fest, has a quiet, retrospective air. There's an unusually high number of pieces by the Strauss family, perhaps because of some key anniversaries coming up, and Nelsons looks back to older dance forms, with a set of "Contradances" by Beethoven and the "Gavotte" by Josef Hellmesberger II that closes out the first CD of the double-album set. Those who want to know what keeps the Vienna Philharmonic at the top of the orchestral heap, can listen to this "Gavotte," feathery and almost unthinkably delicate. Nelsons turns the speed and volume up only on a few tracks as the program approaches its end, and in the encores, he has a small surprise: a new version of the concluding "Radetzky March" of Johann Strauss I, toning the work's militarism down a bit. It fits in very nicely with the rest of the program and with Nelsons' overall mood here, and one looks forward to return New Year's visits from this conductor.

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Release Date: 01/17/2020
Label: Sony Classical Imp
UPC: 0194397023626
catalogNumber: 7023626
Rank: 90193


  1. Radetzky-Marsch, for orchestra, Op. 228
  2. An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful, Blue Danube), waltz for orchestra (with chorus ad lib), Op. 314 (RV 314)
  3. New Year's Address
  4. Im Fluge, for orchestra, polka schnell, Op. 230
  5. Geheime Anziehungskräfte (Dynamiden), waltz, Op. 173
  6. Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka (Chit-Chat Polka), for orchestra, Op. 214 (RV 214)
  7. Freuet euch des Lebens (Joy of Living), waltz for orchestra, Op. 340 (RV 340)
  8. Contredanses (12) for orchestra, WoO 14: Nos. 1,2,3,7,10 & 8
  9. Postillon Galop, Op. 16/2
  10. Gavotte, for salon orchestra
  11. Eisblüme, polka mazurka, Op. 55
  12. Seid umschlungen Millionen (Be United Millions), waltz for orchestra, Op. 443 (RV 443)
  13. Cupido-Polka, Op. 81
  14. Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta
  15. Knall und Fall for orchestra, Op 132
  16. Wo die Zitronen Blüh'n! (Where the Lemons Bloom), waltz for orchestra, Op. 364 (RV 364)
  17. Blumenfest-Polka, for orchestra, Op. 111 (RV 111)
  18. Liechtenstein-Marsch, Op. 36
  19. Liebesgrüsse, waltz for orchestra, Op. 56
  20. Der Landstreicher, operetta: Ouvertüre

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