CD Best of New Year's Concerts: Muti/Harnoncourt/VPO

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Record Label Warner Classics
Release Date December 24, 2014

“It takes a master conductor to guide an orchestra of the Philharmonic’s pedigree and power to the heights of which even it can only occasionally dream; but that is what it is our privilege to experience here.” — Gramophone (on Riccardo Muti’s appearance at the 2021 New Year’s Concert)

Each year, a different conductor is given the opportunity to lead the Vienna Philharmonic in its annual New Year’s Concert. Two of the most famous conductors to take the podium have been Riccardo Muti and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, both of whom left unique marks on the history of the concert. This release gathers selections from their appearances in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

Track Listing:

  1. Johann Strauss I, Radetzky March (Original Version)
  2. Josef Strauss, Dorfschwalben aud Osterreich Waltz
  3. Johann Strauss II, Vom Donaustrande Polka
  4. Johann Strauss II, Sed umschlungen, Millionen Waltz
  5. Johann Strauss II, Vergnügungszug Polka
  6. Johann Strauss II, Dynamiden Waltz
  7. Johann Strauss II, Neue Pizzicato-Polka
  8. Johann Strauss II, Eljen a Magyar! Polka
  9. Johann Strauss II, Wein, Weib und Gesang Waltz
  10. Johann Strauss II, Hellenen-Polka
  11. Josef Strauss, Ohne Sorgen Polka
  12. Johann Strauss II, An der schönen blauen Donau Waltz
  13. Johann Strauss I, Radetzky March (Traditional Version)

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) - Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 11-13
Riccardo Muti (conductor) - Tracks 3, 6-10