SONY CLASSICAL RELEASES THE 2012 NEW YEAR'S CONCERT WITH THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC AND MARISS JANSONS
DVD and Blu-Ray Released February 7th, 2012
Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of the recording of one of the world's most famous classical music events: the 2012 New Year's Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic. Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons returns to direct the 2012 celebrations after his acclaimed debut in 2006. On January 10th, 2012, the live recording will be available as a download through all major digital service providers as well as manufacture-on-demand CD via Amazon.com and ArkivMusic. The DVD and Blu-ray on will be released on February 7th, 2012.
The annual New Year's Day Concert in Vienna has been an exalted tradition for more than seven decades, and the resulting recordings with works from the Strauss dynasty and their contemporaries are among the classical market's most important releases. The concert will be broadcast on TV and radio to over 70 countries around the world with an estimate of more than 40 million viewers.
This new collaboration between the Vienna Philharmonic and Sony Classical revives a fine tradition – the legendary New Year's Concerts conducted by Herbert von Karajan (1987) and Carlos Kleiber (1989 and 1992) appeared on the Sony Classical label.
The program traditionally revolves around waltzes and polkas by the Strauss family (Johann father and son as well as Josef and Eduard Strauss), and includes works by other composers of that era. In 1959 it was broadcast live on television for the first time. The list of conductors who have led the Vienna Philharmonic at the New Year's Concert reads like a who's who of maestros.
In 2012 the program is once again a skilful blend of well-known classics and several premieres, works that have never been recorded or are rarely heard. As always the concert is bound to end with two traditional encores – the famous waltz The Blue Danubeand the Radetzky March.
Ever since their first concert together in April 1992, Mariss Jansons has belonged to the circle of conductors with whom the Vienna Philharmonic feels a special bond. The invitation to conduct the 2012 New Year's Concert marks the approaching 20th anniversary of this collaboration, which since its onset has been characterised by mutual artistic and personal understanding as well as great respect. The conductor himself has declared his passion for the music of the Strauss family and the event itself: "It is something quite special: a wonderful opportunity to listen to this music and get to know it. This atmosphere, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Golden Hall of the Musikverein – all that adds up to a long and wonderful tradition resulting in fantastic, very specific music."