The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music: Happy New Year! The annual New Year’s Day concert in Vienna, popular around the world, airs on Wisconsin public radio and TV this morning and tonight | January 1, 2020

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ALERT 1: What piece of music do you like most to celebrate the New Year? Leave the name and a YouTube link, if possible, in the Comment section.

By Jacob Stockinger

For many music fans, today just wouldn’t be New Year’s Day without the annual concert (below) by the Vienna Philharmonic with a famous guest conductor in Vienna, Austria, that is broadcast nationwide both on radio and television by PBS and NPR. (The concert also goes out to more than 90 countries around the world.)

In Wisconsin, the first hearing comes this morning from 10 a.m. to noon CST on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Then tonight from 8 to 9:30 CST, Wisconsin Public Television – recently rebranded as PBS Wisconsin – will feature a longer version with host Hugh Bonneville (below) of “Downton Abbey” and with choreographed dance interpretations by the Vienna State Ballet that take place in various historical sites in Vienna.

The broadcast will be available to stream tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 2, on pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.

Here is an overview with a biography of the critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning conductor Andris Nelsons (below), along with some background about the various orchestras he directs – including the Boston Symphony — and the spectacular floral arrangements in the Golden Hall:

https://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/new-years-concert/new-years-concert-main

And here is a playlist of the waltzes, polkas and marches by the Strauss family and many other composers, including Beethoven since 2020 is the Beethoven Year and will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth:

https://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/concerts/concert-detail/event-id/10034

As always, the performance will conclude with the Radetzky March (heard in the YouTube video at the bottom) with the audience clapping along.

If you are a fan of the event, you might also be pleased to learn the Sony Classical will again be releasing the live recording (below) and DVD very shortly. Every year Sony rushes to get it out and on the market – something made easier, one suspects, by streaming.

 


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3 Comments »

  1. I do agree with Harriet (above) about the great service you provide, but I need to point out that the TV version of the Vienna Philharmonic’s concert is actually SHORTER than the radio version broadcast this morning. The radio version is 2 hours, while the TV version is 1 1/2 hours. I’m not sure what gets cut, but it’s definitely shorter. I was on my way to a luncheon at 11.40 this morning and they still hadn’t gotten to the usual encores.

    Comment by bratschespeilerin — January 1, 2020 @ 6:14 pm

  2. Jake,

    Happy New Year to you! Your alerts to good listening are most welcome, and acted upon whenever possible. Today’s celebration is a perennial component of celebration in our home. Thank you for the details.

    And much gratitude for what you continue to do for music (and more) in our community. It looks like a lot of work, with no reward but your satisfaction for having done so, and an occasional response from people like me….

    Do carry on, please.

    Harriet Statz

    On Wed, Jan 1, 2020 at 12:02 AM The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “PLEASE HELP THE EAR. IF YOU LIKE A CERTAIN BLOG > POST, SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD A LINK TO IT OR, SHARE IT or TAG IT (not > just “Like” it) ON FACEBOOK. Performers can use the extra exposure to draw > potential audience members to an event. And you might even a” >

    Comment by hjtstatz — January 1, 2020 @ 8:53 am

    • Happy New Year, Harriet!
      Thank you so much for your kind words of gratitude and encouragement.
      They do indeed sustain and motivate.
      I will do my best to carry on though perhaps with some changes.
      Jake

      Comment by welltemperedear — January 1, 2020 @ 9:32 am


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