Franz Welser-Most & Wiener Philharmoniker – New Year’s Concert 2013 (Neujahrskonzert 2013) (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Franz Welser-Möst & Wiener Philharmoniker – New Year’s Concert 2013 (Neujahrskonzert 2013) (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:55:45 minutes | 2,24 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Digital Booklet | © Sony Classical

Sony Classical are proud to release the recording of one of the world’s most famous classical music events: the New Year’s Concert 2013 with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of celebrated conductor, Franz Welser-Möst. He returns to direct the 2013 celebrations after his acclaimed debut in 2011. Maestro Welser-Mőst is the former Music Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Includes the famous waltz “The Blue Danube” & the “Radetzky March”. Usual promo & marketing activity across specialist media.

The New Year’s concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has evolved into one of the regular tourist attractions of the old Austrian capital. The orchestra may make noise about introducing some innovation to the program, as it does here with pieces by Verdi and Wagner in observation of the 2013 bicentennials of the births of both of those composers. But really this is a ritual that needs to be repeated annually, for the benefit of Austrians and visitors alike. The center of the program is the Strauss family, above all the waltz king Johann Strauss II, with tasteful admixtures of other Viennese composers and a few sprightly pieces that are not dances, and so it is here. The conductor this time around is Franz Welser-Möst, who also ran the show in 2011. The same stolid quality that tends to dismay American critics when it comes to this conductor turns out to be just the ticket for this event, which he brings in with maximum precision and flash. He’s aided by strong live engineering from Sony Classical, which gets a sound with a bit more dimension than was achieved by Deutsche Grammophon in earlier iterations. The bottom line: for those sampling the famed New Year’s concert for the first time, for those wanting classical music as part of the entertainment as an alternative to football, or for those collecting the entire series, this will prove a satisfying choice.

01. Die Soubrette, Polka schnell, Op. 109
02. Kuß-Walzer, Op. 400
03. Theater-Quadrille, Op. 213
04. Aus den Bergen, Walzer, Op. 292
05. Leichte Kavallerie: Ouvertüre
06. Sphären-Klänge, Walzer, op. 235
07. Die Spinnerin, Polka française, Op. 192
08. Lohengrin: Vorspiel 3. Aufzug
09. Unter vier Augen, Polka Mazur, Op. 15
01. Hesperusbahnen, Walzer, Op. 279
02. Galoppin-Polka, Polka schnell, Op. 237
03. Steyrische Tänze, Op. 165
04. Melodien-Quadrille, Op. 112
05. Don Carlo, Act III: Prestissimo-Balletmusik
06. Wo die Zitronen blüh’n, Walzer, Op. 364
07. Erinnerung an Ernst oder Der Carneval in Venedig, Fantasie, Op. 126
08. Plappermäulchen, Polka schnell, Op. 245
09. Neujahrsgruß / New Year’s Address / Allocution du Nouvel An
10. An der schönen blauen Donau, Walzer, Op. 314
11. Radetzky-Marsch, Op. 228

Franz Welser-Möst (conductor)
Wiener Philharmoniker