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Happy Viennese New Year!


While waiting for the annual TV broadcast of the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert, conducted this year by Daniel Barenboim (this year will be Julie Andrews’ first year hosting the North American broadcast, taking over from Walter Cronkite), here are some Johann Strauss pieces on YouTube.

A 1932 performance of “The Blue Danube” by the Orchestra of the Berlin State Opera under the great conductor Erich Kleiber.

And the overture to Die Fledermaus, conducted by Erich Kleiber’s equally talented son, Carlos.

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Happy Viennese New Year!

  1. So — why no great Canadians — like Guy Lumbago?

  2. I am SO looking forward to the 8 pm broadcast. The PBS station we get in Ottawa didn’t deign to carry it at 2:30. Heathen.

  3. Wow. Kind of breathtaking how thoroughly the broadcast producer sabotaged the concert experience. I guess frustration helps fuel sales of DVDs of the actual concert.