The sprightly music is a little joke from Johann Strauss II, who wrote the piece to evoke the sound of champagne bottles being uncorked. You can almost see the fireworks flying from the orchestra in this effervescent piece by Tchaikovsky. Loud, brash, over the top, yet beautifully musical, this celebratory orchestral number is bound to give you a burst of optimism as the old year draws to a close. This lovely polka by Strauss II was played at the very first of these concerts in This music fit for a king was first performed on 27 April
A “Fledermaus” Without Second-Guessing
By Freya Parr. As we nurse our heads and stomachs after several days of overindulgence, we all need a little help rallying for the next big event — welcoming in the new year. To coincide with our New Year playlist on Apple music available here , the BBC Music Magazine team has chosen the pieces they feel best suit this time of year. Once you've got over the hangover of 1 January, the New Year means going back to work in the dark, filthy weather and a dwindling post-Christmas bank account as the next pay day takes forever to arrive. Our recording of choice is by the masterful Christian Gerhaher, baritone extraordinaire.
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Auf Deutsch. Classical Concerts Christmas in Vienna Buy tickets. New Year's Day concerts in Vienna Buy tickets. New Year's Eve concerts in Vienna Buy tickets. The highlight of the evening is a midnight musical firework. The VIP category includes one glass of prosecco during the intermission, a Johann Strauss CD, a copy of the concert program and the cloakroom. Seating More info Buy tickets. Performed by master musicians and professional opera singers in one of Vienna's most beautiful baroque halls. In addition to seating in the first or second row, the category VIP includes a free drink during the intermission at the bar and a concert CD. At the Orangery Schoenbrunn, the largest orangery in all of Europe, the Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra performs the most beautiful tunes of the classic composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss.
Happy new year! More on that in a second. Is there a more musical city?