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7 January 2019, 10:00 | Updated: 7 January 2019, 10:01
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The arrival of the new year wouldn't be complete without the traditional New Year's Day concert in Vienna. This year, Christian Thielemann took to the podium of Vienna's Musikverein for the first time to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic.
In true Viennese style the concert programme is heavily based on music from the Strauss family, including 'Express – Polka schnell' by Johann Strauss II, 'Transactions Waltz' by Josef Strauss, and 'Opera Soirée' by Eduard Strauss.
Deutsche Grammophon celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2018 and with it came a special concert in December. World-renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa joined violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, conductor Diego Matheuz and the Saito Kinen Orchestra to mark the record label's milestone birthday at Suntory Hall in Tokyo.
The recording comprises the sprightly Polonaise from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 also by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven's Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, and Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor.