From the Library: New Year in Vienna

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 1 January, 2009

Das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker” – the annual New Year concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic in the Great Hall of the Wiener Musikverlein – is a tradition that goes back to 1939. Today it’s heard all over the world by something like a billion people.

As Radio Riel’s subscription to Eurovision isn’t paid up yet, we are broadcasting our own programme with a distinctly Viennese New Year flavour. However, while the central feature of the programme is the waltzes of Johann Strauss Jr, we also extend some way beyond that with a mixture of classical and light classical pieces, often with a waltz theme, from artists like the Brassworks Band and Bare Necessities, and composers as diverse as Chopin, Karl Jenkins and Richard Addinsell.

Says Elrik Merlin, “I would like to wish a very Happy New to all our listeners and take this opportunity to dedicate today’s programme to the Caledon Library and all its staff, and especially to Mr JJ Drinkwater, in thanks for the wonderful collaboration we have enjoyed over the past year. We look forward to continuing to work with the Caledon Library and the entire Alexandrian Free Library system in the coming year.”

• From the Library is produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin.

For more information on the Caledon Library, current exhibits and the work of Second Life reference libraries in general, please visit the Caledon Library Web site, or one of their locations in-world.

You can listen now at — the ideal URL for you to use in your home parcel media address in-world — or simply visit any Caledon Library branch in-world and press Play on your embedded music player. (If you want to listen off-world, eg in Winamp or iTunes, and the above address doesn’t work for you, click here.)


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