New Year Waltzing in Vienna

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.

Radio Riel’s sub­scrip­tion to Euro­vi­sion isn’t paid up yet, so we are broad­cast­ing our own pro­gramme across the New Year bound­ary 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.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are in the Unit­ed States or Cana­da, please click here to launch the Stream Licens­ing play­er. To lis­ten from out­side North Amer­i­ca, click here to start your play­er .

This pro­gramme is also avail­able in enhanced-qual­i­ty AAC. Tune in here:

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