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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Mon, 19. November 2007



New Year's Concert 2008 with Georges Prêtre

Georges Prêtre

Georges Prêtre becomes the first French conductor to lead the traditional New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna on January 1, 2008. Prêtre's ties to Vienna and the Vienna Philharmonic go back to 1962, when the State Opera Director at the time, Herbert von Karajan, invited Prêtre to conduct several performances of Richard Strauss' opera "Capriccio". Only a year later, he made his debut in the Philharmonic subscription concert series when he stepped in for the indisposed Hans Knappertsbusch. This year the Austrian Broadcasting Co. will televise the New Year's Concert, one of classical music's major annual events, for the fiftieth time.

New Year's Concert of the
Vienna Philharmonic 

Georges Prêtre's appearance at the New Year's Concert brings an added dimension to the list of New Year's Concert conductors which includes such illustrious names as Willy Boskovsky, Lorin Maazel, Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Abbado, Carlos Kleiber, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Seiji Ozawa and Mariss Jansons. This year’s programming reveals a French flair, and as usual will feature several lesser known works. Millions of viewers around the world will experience Georges Prêtre leading an Austro-French co-production featuring pieces like the "Napolean March", the "Parisian March", and "Freut euch des Lebens", as well as the "Russian March" and the "Chinese Gallop". The program will feature 21 compositions in total (including encores) by the composers Johann Strauss, Jr., Johann Strauss Sen., Joseph Strauss, Joseph Hellmesberger Jr. and Joseph Lanner.

The broadcast of the New Year's Concert in ORF 2 will provide a few additional firsts: for the first time the Albertina will provide the backdrop for the ballet of the Vienna State Opera and Volksoper, with the Karlsplatz being chosen as the location for their second appearance. The choreographer Nicolas Musin is concocts a brash and witty ballet insert in honor of the upcoming European Football Championships 2008, which will be held in Austria and Switzerland. Both of these ballets will be directed by Karina Fibich. The Lipizzaner will "dance" to the music of the polka francaise "Die Pariserin" in Vienna's Spanish Riding School and the "Blue Danube" Waltz will be danced this year live for the first time in the Musikverein, to the choreography of Christian Tichy. The direction of the broadcast will again be in the proven hands of Brian Large.

Program of the New Year's Concert 2008



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