Wiener Musikverein

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Goldener Saal, Musikverein, Vienna

This interim report awaits Sony Classical’s rush-release of this celebrated and time-honoured event. Fourteen of the pieces played here have not appeared before at a New Year’s concert*, which doesn’t mean they have not been included elsewhere, whether by the Vienna Philharmonic or another ensemble, or previously recorded. Nevertheless, they were new to me and each proved unfailingly attractive, and varied, as well as exuding much charm, played to the manner born and conducted stylishly by Franz Welser-Möst who was officiating for the third time at a New Year’s Concert. There was something so right about these renditions – tempos, timbre, phrasing, ebb and flow; fast numbers not rushed, slow(er) ones given space – and as well as the unfamiliar music there was the first appearance at one of these concerts of the Vienna Girls Choir who joined regular attendees the Vienna Boys Choir. If tradition was sought, then the filmed Vienna State Ballet sequences remained in place as did the usual encores, Blue Danube Waltz and Radetzky March. I look forward to Sony issuing this smooth and subtle yet engaging and enjoyable music-making shortly.

*Click on the following link for the concert’s repertoire

New Year’s Concert 2023 with The Vienna Philharmonic and Franz Welser-Möst. [BBC Two] [Radio 3]

Just announced by Wiener Philharmoniker: New Year’s Concert 2024 to be conducted by Christian Thielemann: