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Sony Classical Releases The 2013 New Year's Concert With The Vienna Philharmonic & Franz Welser-Most

     Sony Classical Releases The 2013 New Year's Concert With The Vienna
                       Philharmonic & Franz Welser-Most

CD Available Exclusively at Amazon.com and ArkivMusic, Digital Download
Available January 4, 2013

Features 11 New Premieres Including Selections From Verdi and Wagner

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Classical is pleased to announce
the release of the recording of one of the world's most famous classical music
events: the 2013 New Year's Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Austrian
conductor Franz Welser-Most returned to direct the 2013 concert following the
success of his debut in 2011. On January 4, 2013, the live recording will be
available exclusively at Arkiv Music and via Amazon.com's CreateSpace's Disc
on Demand service and as a download through all major digital service
providers. The CD will be released nationwide on January 22. The DVD and
Blu-ray will be available on February 5.

The New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic is firmly established as one
of the longest-standing and most prestigious music events worldwide. In its
history of more than seven decades, the orchestra has been led by many of the
most famous conductors and experienced by millions of people via TV broadcasts
in over 70 countries.

As Clemens Hellsberg, the chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic, emphasized, the
plaudits that Franz Welser-Most earned for this event in 2011 and his close
association with the musical life of Vienna as General Musical Director of the
State Opera made him a natural choice for the role in 2013.

For decades the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has presented from Vienna's
Musikverein an entertaining and heartfelt annual program of music from the
wide repertoire of the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries. The proven
formula blends well-known classics with premieres of works that have never
been performed before at the New Year's Concert and the result is invariably
both joyful and moving. This year's repertoire included 11 premieres (more
than ever before) and also pays tribute to Wagner and Verdi in advance of
their 2013 anniversaries.

For ten years Welser-Most has been musical director of the Cleveland
Orchestra, with whom he has built close relationships with Carnegie Hall in
New York, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Lucerne Festival and presented
eleven world and fourteen United States premieres. In recent seasons his
fully-staged productions of the Mozart/Da Ponte operas have re-established The
Cleveland Orchestra as an operatic ensemble.

For all his international connections, Welser-Most is an Austrian, who has
delighted audiences of the Vienna State Opera with extremely well-received
interpretations of the Wagnerian repertoire, among other highlights, and has a
special personal connection with the music of the Strauss family: one of his
great grandmothers was a daughter of the owner family of Vienna's
old-established Cafe Dommayer, where many works by the Strauss dynasty and
Josef Lanner were premiered.

The tradition of the Vienna Philharmonic goes back to 1842, when Otto Nicolai
conducted a Grand Concert with all members of the imperial "Hof-Operntheater".
This event was originally called "Philharmonic Academy" and is regarded as the
origin of the orchestra. Since its founding the orchestra is managed by the
administrative committee – a democratically elected body – and works
artistically, organizationally and financially autonomous. All decisions are
reached on a democratic basis during the general meeting of all members.

New Year's Concert 2013 / Vienna Philharmonic and Franz Welser-Most

Track listing
CD 1
JOSEF STRAUSS 1827–1870
1  Die Soubrette. Polka schnell, op. 109*
   The Soubrette. Quick polka
   La Soubrette. Polka rapide
JOHANN STRAUSS II 1825–1899
2  Kuss-Walzer op. 400 (aus Der lustige Krieg)*
   Kiss Waltz- Valse du baiser
JOSEF STRAUSS
3  Theater-Quadrille op. 213*
   Theatre Quadrille- Quadrille du theatre
JOHANN STRAUSS II
4  Aus den Bergen. Walzer  op. 292*
   From the Mountains. Waltz
   Des montagnes. Valse
FRANZ VON SUPPE 1819–1895
5  Leichte Kavallerie – Ouverture
   Light Cavalry – Overture
   La Cavalerie legere – Ouverture
PART TWO
ZWEITER TEIL – SECONDE PARTIE
JOSEF STRAUSS
6  Spharen-Klange. Walzer op. 235
   Music of the Spheres. Waltz
   Musique des spheres. Valse
7  Die Spinnerin. Polka francaise op. 192*
   The Spinner. French polka- La Fileuse
RICHARD WAGNER 1813–1883
8  Lohengrin – Vorspiel zum Dritten Aufzug*
   Prelude to Act III · Prelude du acte III
JOSEPH HELLMESBERGER II 1855–1907
9  Unter vier Augen. Polka Mazur*
   Between the Two of Us- Entre quatre yeux
CD 2
JOSEF STRAUSS
1  Hesperusbahnen. Walzer op. 279*
   Hesperus' Path Waltz
   Chemin des Hesperides. Valse
2  Galoppin. Polka schnell op. 237*
   Errand Boy. Quick polka
   Galopin. Polka rapide
JOSEPH LANNER 1801–1843
3  Steyrische Tanze op. 165
   Styrian Dances- Danses styriaques
JOHANN STRAUSS II
4  Melodien-Quadrille op. 112 (nach Motiven von G. Verdi)*
   Melodies Quadrille- Quadrille des melodies
GIUSEPPE VERDI 1813–1901
5  Don Carlo – Prestissimo: Ballettmusik Akt III*
   Ballet music from Act III
   Musique de ballet du acte III
JOHANN STRAUSS II
6  Wo die Citronen bluh'n! Walzer op. 364
   Where the Lemons Blossom. Waltz
   Ou fleurissent les citronniers. Valse
JOHANN STRAUSS I 1804–1849
7  Erinnerung an Ernst oder: Der Carneval in Venedig.Fantasie op. 126
   Reminiscences of Ernst, or: The Venice Carnival. Fantasia
   Souvenirs d'Ernst ou : Le Carnaval de Venise.Fantaisie
JOSEF STRAUSS
8  Plappermaulchen. Polka schnell op. 245
   Chatterbox. Quick polka
   Moulina paroles. Polka rapide
9  Neujahrsgruss
   New Year's Greeting
   Voeux du Nouvel An
JOHANN STRAUSS II
10 An der schonen blauen Donau Walzer op. 314
   The Blue Danube. Waltz
   Sur le beau Danube bleu. Valse
JOHANN STRAUSS I
11 Radetzky-Marsch op. 228
   Radetzky March- Marche de Radetzky
*First performance at a New Year's Concert



SOURCE Sony Classical

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