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Product Details

  • Actors: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Riccardo Muti
  • Format: Classical, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Universal Music Canada
  • Release Date: March 23 2004
  • ASIN: B00012SZTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,931 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An outstanding success from this enjoyable Viennese cycle July 29 2012
By I. Giles - Published on
Format: DVD
This 2004 edition of the New Year's Day concerts from the VPO is Riccardo Muti's fourth time of conducting it. His previous occasion in 2000 was very successful but here he is able to sparkle even more.

The 2004 concert celebrates the 200th anniversary of the elder Johann Strauss's birth in 1804 and this is coupled with a celebration of Lanner who shared in the establishment of the Viennese waltz. The two initially played together in small ensembles of Lanner's before Strauss formed his own orchestra. The first part of this concert celebrates these connections and the second half focusses on other Strauss family members, Josef, Johann II and Eduard.

Throughout all of these pieces Muti galvanises the orchestra to produce playing of utmost sparkle and brilliance much to the delight of both the audience and the players themselves. The champagne shared at the end of the Champagne-Polka is richly deserved! The Radetzky March audience clapping is the most enjoyably controlled since Karajan's famous conducting and provides an extraordinarily happy end to the occasion for all!

As he has done before, Muti actually makes a short speech at the appropriate moment in which he stresses the importance of music to all of humanity on the grounds that we all share the same emotional responses that can be affected by the music of Strauss. This makes Muti different from so many other conductors who simply wish everyone, with the orchestra, a Happy New Year.

There are two enjoyable bonus features entitled `Figure Skating Impressions' (very short) and the 24 minute `Treasures of Vienna'. Both of these are without script except identifying titles of venues and music and rely entirely on images and music being otherwise self-explanatory.

The production by the experienced and very reliable Brian Large team is superb with clear imaging and involving camera work. The sound is spectacular in DD 5.1, DTS 5.1 and stereo. The roll of the bass drum is really something to feel in the `With Pleasure' polka on suitably wide ranging equipment!

These concerts are reliably enjoyable but this one is especially fine. It seems most likely that purchasers will get great pleasure form it in all sorts of ways. Five stars therefore seems the correct assessment for this disc.
Muti and Carreno together, who could ask for more? April 15 2014
By Robert petito - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Aside from the brilliant conducting by my favorite conductor, it has the ballet performance of Jose Manuel Carreno my favorite male dancer. In addition, it is the only New Years ballet which actually has a story line. The ballet was obviously created to show Carreno's special talents.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Original tunes going worldwide March 19 2010
By Michael Kerjman - Published on
Format: DVD
As usual nice tunes so easily imported from Vienna in the age of advanced video/audio techniques please everyone, surely.

A reviewer likes "Treasures of Austria" doco in extras the most.
Four Stars Nov. 10 2014
By Murshed Alamahmed - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great video. Ricardo Muti i is an animated conductor!
Murshed AlamAhmed
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
... 80s there were the old guard conductors who were good (Bernstein, Dorati Jan. 1 2015
By Christopher Twelvetrees - Published on
Format: DVD
When I first started listening to "classical" music in the early 80s there were the old guard conductors who were good (Bernstein, Dorati, Szell, von Karajan, etc) and a rising group of "young" conductors including Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta and Ricardo Muti. I also loved the New Years concerts from Vienna. On tv they were hosted by Walter Cronkite, history's greatest monster, so I listened to them on the radio and bought the cds, which do not have the annoying sight-seeing in Vienna nonsense (though they do occasionally have ballet scenes). I have lots of these concerts on DVD and they're all good, if a bit repetitive.

2004 was a good year for music and I was glad to see maestro Muti back inaction in Vienna. It's a real honor to conduct these things. But toward the end, instead of just saying "Happy New Year" he had to go on and make some dumb speech about music bringing people together. I suppose being a great conductor makes one more than ordinarily megalomaniacal, but artists need to learn that they do well with what they do but beyond that they ought to shut up and not ruin everyone's fun with their unnecessary blather. And music? He should have talked about free trade bringing us together, or something worthwhile.

Anyway, the music's good. If you watch it up to the encores, it's better than a lot of them (especially that incredibly boring one of Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Boys Choir.