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Daniel Barenboim takes charge in Vienna Philharmonic - New Years concert / OLCANADIAN

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The Vienna Philharmonic - New Years Concert 2022 conducted by Daniel Barenboim' took place on January 1st 2022, in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. This year's concert, was broadcast to over 90 countries all over the world and watched by more than 50 million viewers on TV. The TV broadcast gained a market share of 60% in its home country Austria – the highest share since 2014 - with 1,16 million viewers

The program included works by members of the Strauß dynasty (Johann Strauß I and II as well as Josef Strauß) including 6 premieres of works not previously heard at a New Year’s Concert. Here was some of the critical commentary.

"Artistically excellent. A concert that will go down in the annals in many respects" (Kurier)
"Sound picture of the luxury class" (Wiener Zeitung)
“The orchestra let the corks pop" (Die Zeit)
The musicians "pulled out all the stops in their art of sound seduction (Kronen Zeitung)
"Daniel Barenboim unfolds his world-famous strengths" (Der Standard)
"Daniel Barenboim and the Viennese offered musically just about everything that distinguishes this conductor and this orchestra" (Kurier)

OLCANADIAN's TAMMY SEWELL writes….The Argentine-Israeli musician Daniel Barenboim took charge of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra yesterday in the traditional New Year’s concert, which took place in the Golden Hall of the Musikverein, the most important Austrian coliseum, in which the return of the live public, although with a reduced capacity and in the midst of strict health controls due to the coronavirus. It was the third time that the outstanding artist conducted this orchestra in his New Year’s concert characterized by a repertoire of waltzes from the Strauss dynasty, since he had already done so in 2009 and 2014.

At the musical meeting, which is broadcast on television for an audience estimated at 55 million people, making it one of the most popular cultural events in Europe, Baranboim took the opportunity to launch a message referring to the health struggle that the world is carrying out against coronavirus. “COVID is not only a medical but a human catastrophe because it tries to distance us from each other,” said the musician, who called for “unity” to go through this health contingency.

The concert to receive 2022 meant the return to the presence of the public after the virtual version of the previous year, although for this each spectator had to present a negative test of less than 48 hours, in addition to keeping their chinstrap on throughout the entire show.

For January 1, 2023, it has already been announced that the evening will be in charge of the local director Franz Welser-Möst. (Télam)