New Year Waltzing in Vienna

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 31 December, 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.

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.

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