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Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2009

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19 December 2008

Kick off the New Year with this musical tradition from Vienna and one of the world's leading orchestras.

The Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert takes place annually in the Musikverein in
Vienna, and has become a prominent global musical event due to the worldwide
television broadcast. In 2009, the concert will be viewed live in more than 40 countries
at 11.15 AM (GMT +1), and will be broadcast delayed in an additional 20 countries.
More than 300 radio stations all over the world will include the concert in their New
Year’s programs.

Daniel Barenboim will be conducting the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s Concert 2009. The
Argentinean-Israeli pianist and conductor has performed regularly with the Vienna
Philharmonic since 1989, and is conducting the New Year’s Concert for the first
time in January.

For the introduction to the television broadcast this year, something new has been
added: The Eurovision Fanfare, which signals the beginning of the international
broadcast of the concert, will be performed by the Vienna Philharmonic.

For the first time in the history of the New Year’s Concert, the programme will feature a
work by Joseph Haydn. After constant allusions to the life and work of Joseph
Haydn in the second part of the concert, the Vienna Philharmonic will perform the final
movement of Haydn’s Symphony No.45 - ‘Farewell Symphony’. This performance will
launch a year of events marking the bicentenary of the death of this great Austrian
composer, who died in Vienna in May 1809.

A CD of the concert will be released on 7 January, the DVD will be available from 12 January, and
the BLU-RAY format follows on 16 February, all produced by DECCA.

For your chance to purchase tickets to the Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2010, visit their website from 2 to 23 January 2009.

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