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The beginning of January was the recording of the New Year's Concert 2009 in Vienna, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
The New Year's Concert in Vienna has been a tradition for over six decades. It's viewed on television by tens of millions of people all over the world - and this year, it was conducted by Daniel Barenboim for the first time.
Barenboim's debut as a conductor of the Vienna Phil took place in 1989, and he's been a regular guest with the orchestra ever since.
The New Year's Day Concert recording is always swiftly turned around - and this year is no exception. This CD includes many of the Strauss family's favourite music - By the Beautiful Blue Danube, the Radetsky March - alongside rarely-heard but thoroughly uplifting Viennese classics.
19 January 2009