New Year in Vienna — and The MOST

in Daily Programme, Monthly Programme, Radio Riel Main, The MOST

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 1 January, 2014

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.

It’s the MOST!

MOSTAnd don’t forget to join us at 11am and 7pm Pacific Time for the second of our new monthly series, The MOST — Music from the Original Sound Track — presented by Susannah. This month’s episode features music from Mr Lucky, Bell Book & Candle, Blacula and more. Don’t miss it!

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel. You can listen to the programme now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:

You can also tune in to our experimental high‐quality HE‐AAC stream at


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