Riccardo Muti, Wiener Philharmoniker – New Year’s Concert 2018 / Neujahrskonzert 2018 (2018) HDTV 1080i AVC DTS HD-MA 5.0

Title: New Year’s Concert 2018
Release Date: 2018
Genre: Classical
Composers:Johann Strauss Jr., Josef Strauss, Johann Strauss sen, Franz von Suppé, Alphons Czibulka
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Artist: Wiener Philharmoniker – orchestra, Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien – chorus

Duration: 02:49:11
Quality: HDTV
Container: MKV
Video codec: AVC
Audio codec: DTS, MP2
Video: AVC, 1920×1080 (16:9), 25.000 fps, 24.8 Mbps
Audio#1: DTS MA / Core, 48.0 KHz, 5 ch, 1 673  Kbps / 755 Kbps, German
Audio#2: DTS MA / Core, 48.0 KHz, 5 ch, 1 670 Kbps / 755 Kbps
Audio#3: MP2, 48.0 KHz, 2 ch, 384 Kbps, German
Audio#4: MP2, 48.0 KHz, 2 ch, 384 Kbps
Size: 33.66 GB

It has long been a Philharmonic tradition at the New Year to present a program consisting of the lively and at the same time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the family of Johann Strauss and its contemporaries. These concerts not only delight the audiences in the Musikverein in Vienna, but also enjoy great international popularity through the worldwide television broadcast, which now reaches over 90 countries.

With nearly five hundred waltzes, marches, quadrilles, polkas and so on in Johann Strauss’ son’s repertoire, it is no wonder that the world-famous Vienna New Year’s Concert – conducted on the 1st January by Riccardo Muti, who is no newcomer to the event since he has led the orchestra in 1993, 1997 2000 and 2004 – still finds new pieces for their “New Year’s Concert creations”. This year, it’s Brautschau op. 417 and Myrthenblüten op. 395. Further novelties come from the Viennese cirlce: father Johann Strauss, with Marienwalzer and Wilhelm-Tell-Galopp, Alfons Czibulka (1842–1894) who kicks off the New Year with Stephanie-Gavotte, as well as a work from Josef Strauss, Wiener Fresken. And of course, as tradition goes, we find The Blue Danube and the inevitable Radetzky March to which the audience applauds in rhythm. By the way, this comes from J. Strauss the father, not from his more famous son. In fact, the concert version is actually an arrangement, very common nowadays, thanks to a certain Leopold Weninger. We would like to add that Harnoncourt performed two versions in 2001, Strauss’ version for the military brass band and Weninger’s version for symphony orchestra, and then again in 2005 in memory of the victims of the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean where the march was not played due to its overly festive nature. (more…)