Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the recording of one of the world’s most famous classical music events: the 2022 New Year’s Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim. The live recording will be available digitally on January 7, 2022 and on CD January 28. The DVD and Blu-ray will be available March 4, 2022.

There are few concerts in the world that are awaited with as much excitement as the New Year’s Concert from Vienna. For 2022, the Vienna Philharmonic will usher in the New Year with a concert conducted by Daniel Barenboim for the third time at the magnificent Golden Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. The concert is broadcast to over 90 countries all round the world, reaching an audience of more than 50 million.

Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim’sprevious visits to the New Year’s Concerts were in 2009 and 2014. He began working with the orchestra in 1965, when he made his Vienna Philharmonic début as a pianist. He appeared with the orchestra for the first time as a conductor in 1989 and since has returned on countless occasions in this capacity including a Summer Night Concert (2009), philharmonic subscription concerts, guest performances and tours.

Daniel FroschauerChairman of the Vienna Philharmonic says, “Daniel Barenboim occupies an extraordinary place in the history of the Vienna Philharmonic. We have not only enjoyed a long and fruitful artistic partnership with him, but also a great friendship. We are grateful to Maestro Barenboim for conducting the first Vienna Philharmonic concert after the Corona Lockdown in June 2020 at the Musikverein. Next year, he will also celebrate his 80th birthday. As a sign of this deep artistic bond, we will ask him to take the podium of the New Year’s Concert for the third time on January 1, 2022.”

Incomparable as a pianist and conductor, ceaselessly committed as a mentor and promoter of young talent, and an important voice in cultural politics worldwide: Daniel Barenboim is one of the central artistic personalities of our time and the epitome of the cosmopolitan. Praised as a piano prodigy at the beginning of his musical career and still a crowd puller in the concert hall today, Daniel Barenboim can boast a life’s work like no other in the music world today.

Born in Buenos Aires to parents of Russian-Jewish descent, Daniel Barenboim made his debut as a pianist in 1950, aged only seven. Four years later he took part in Igor Markevitch’s conducting classes in Salzburg, before studying harmony and composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. From the mid-1960s, while never ceasing to perform as a pianist, he increasingly devoted himself to conducting. He has held positions with many of the world’s major orchestras, including as Chief Conductor of the Orchestre de Paris (1975–1989) and Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1991–2006). Starting in 1981, he conducted at the Bayreuth Festival for 18 consecutive summers, and since 1992 he has been Music Director of both Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden and its resident orchestra, the Berlin Staatskapelle, of which he was appointed Chief Conductor for Life in 2000. From 2011 to 2015 he was Music Director of La Scala, Milan, and he also appears regularly with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. In 1999, in partnership with the Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said, he co-founded the West-Eastern Divan workshop and orchestra, in which young musicians from Israel, Palestine and other Middle Eastern countries all play side by side. In recognition of this work, as well as his musical achievements, Daniel Barenboim has received many international prizes and honours. 

The story of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra can be traced back to 1842, when Otto Nicolai conducted a “grand concert” with “all the members of the Orchestra of the Imperial and Royal Court Opera Theatre”. This event is generally regarded as marking the birth of the orchestra. Ever since it was founded, the orchestra has been run by a democratically elected committee and is artistically, organisationally, and financially independent. In the twentieth century its artistic profile has been shaped by such leading musicians as Richard Strauss, Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler and, after 1945, by three emeritus conductors, Karl Böhm, Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein. Since it was formed, the orchestra has given around 9,000 concerts in every part of the world. Since 1989 it has presented a Vienna Philharmonic Week in New York. A similar series of concerts has been held in Tokyo since 1993.

The tradition of presenting New Year’s Concerts began in 1941. The first concert marking the New Year was given in 1939, albeit on 31 December. The first conductor was Clemens Krauss. Willi Boskovsky took over in 1955 and conducted no fewer than twenty-five New Year’s Concerts between then and 1979. The list of musicians who have conducted New Year’s Concerts reads like a who’s who of leading maestros. The New Year’s Concert was first broadcast live on television in 1959. The Vienna Philharmonic regards this now traditional event as a way of wishing the world a Happy New Year through the medium of music in a spirit of hope, friendship and peace. Recordings of the New Year’s Concerts are among the most important titles on the classical music market, and Sony Classical is keen to make this release available to the widest possible international audience. The live recording of the 2022 New Year’s Concert will be available digitally on January 7, on CD from January 14 as well as on DVD, Blu-ray and Vinyl from January 28 and as a visual album.

2022 New Year’s Concert Program

Josef Strauß                     Phönix-Marsch. op. 105 *
Johann Strauß                  Wings of the Phoenix. Waltz, op. 125
Josef Strauß                     Die Sirene. Polka mazur, op. 248 *
Joseph Hellmesberger      Little Advertiser. Galop, op. 4
Johann Strauß                  Morning Papers. Waltz, op. 279
Eduard Strauß                  Little Chronicle. Fast Polka, op. 128 *
Johann Strauß                  Overture to The Bat
Johann Strauß                  Champagne-Polka. Musikalischer Scherz, op. 211
Carl Michael Ziehrer         Night Revelers Waltz, op. 466 *
Johann Strauß                  Persian March, op. 289
Johann Strauß                  A Thousand and One Nights. Waltz, op. 346
Eduard Strauß                  Greetings to Prague. Polka française, op. 144
Joseph Hellmesberger     Elves. Charakterstück *
Josef Strauß                     Nymphen-Polka (Polka française), op. 50 *
Josef Strauß                     Harmony of the Spheres Waltz, op. 235

* First performance at a Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert