Saturday, January 1, 2022

Golden Hall, Musikverein, Vienna

This is not a review, which can wait until Sony issues its recording, soon, http://www.colinscolumn.com/sony-classical-announces-the-2022-new-years-concert-with-the-vienna-philharmonic-daniel-barenboim/, rather it’s more a few passing remarks as Daniel Barenboim conducts this annual concert for the third time and in his eightieth-birthday year (the date being November 15).

The Golden Hall was restricted in audience numbers due to Covid; 1,000 punters made the auditorium half-full. The music-making was lively, poised and stylish – as you would expect – if less than sparkling, and if there wasn’t the same frisson as distinguished a couple of recent years, Thielemann in 2019, https://www.classicalsource.com/cd/2019-new-years-concert-christian-thielemann-conducts-the-vienna-philharmonic-sony-classical/, and Muti last year, http://www.colinscolumn.com/post-1700-riccardo-muti-conducts-the-vienna-philharmonics-2021-new-years-concert-for-sony-classical/, then there were some rarities that piqued one’s interest, such as a phoenix-inspired waltz, and attractively relaxed accounts (dour to some, I suspect) of the familiar items, such as another waltz, Morning Papers.

More anon…

https://www.wienerphilharmoniker.at/en/newyearsconcert/newyearsconcert2022