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On 1 January 2010 Wiener Musikverein hosted the traditional New Year Concert performed by Wiener Philharmoniker. The concert was broadcasted to over 70 countries and watched by more than 50 million spectators. Here you can read more about the tradition of Vienna Philharmonic New Year Concerts.
For the second time (after 2008) the prestigious job of conducting Vienna Philharmonic orchestra at the Neujahrskonzert was awarded to Georges Prêtre, the charismatic French conductor born in 1924 (aged 85 at the time of this concert).
Prêtre debuted at Opera de Marseille in 1946 and during his long career he has conducted some of the world’s finest orchestras and musicians at some of the world’s most famous venues in cities including Paris, Milan, Vienna, New York, and Chicago. So far Georges Prêtre has been the only French conductor who has conducted the New Year Concert in Vienna.
Johann Strauss II: Ouvertüre zu Die Fledermaus (Die Fledermaus Overture). Die Fledermaus or The Bat is an operetta by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée.
Josef Strauss: Frauenherz (A Woman’s Heart). Polka-mazurka, op. 166.
Johann Strauss II: Im Krapfenwaldl. Polka francaise, op. 336. Das Krapfenwaldl is a hill and forest in Döbling, the 19th district of Vienna.
Johann Strauss II: Stürmisch in Lieb und Tanz. (Stormy in Love and Dance). Polka schnell (quick polka), op. 393.
Johann Strauss II: Wein, Weib und Gesang (Wine, Women, and Song). Walzer, op. 333.
Johann Strauss II: Perpetuum mobile (Perpetual Motion), op. 257.
Otto Nicolai: Ouvertüre zu Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor). Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor is an opera in three acts by Otto Nicolai to a German libretto by Hermann Salomon Mosenthal. It is based on The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare.
Johann Strauss II: Wiener Bonbons. Walzer, op. 307.
Johann Strauss II: Champagner-Polka, op. 211.
Johann Strauss II: Ein Herz, ein Sinn (One Heart One Mind). Polka-mazurka, op. 323.
Johann Strauss I: Der Carneval in Paris. Galop for orchestra, Op.100.
Jacques Offenbach: Ouvertüre zu Die Rheinnixen (Overture to Die Rheinnixen). Die Rheinnixen (Les Fées du Rhin, The Rhine Nixies) is a romantic opera in four act by Jacques Offenbach to a libretto by Charles-Louis-Etienne Nuitter (translated into German by Alfred von Wolzogen).
Eduard Strauss: Quadrille Schöne Helena (The Beautiful Helen Quadrille).
Johann Strauss II: Morgenblätter (Morning Papers). Walzer, op. 279.
Hans Christian Lumbye: Champagner-Galopp.
As usual the New Year Concert was concluded by the encores including the Blue Danube Waltz (An der schönen blauen Donau) by Johann Strauss II and Radetzky March by his father Johann Strauss I.
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