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Classical Album of the Week: The 2018 New Year's Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic and Muti


January 1, 2019. Welcome to 2019! Let's start the year off right and re-visit the New Year’s Concert 2018 with the Vienna Philharmonic and Riccardo Muti.

Few concerts can claim to generate such tremendous international interest as the traditional New Year’s Concert from Vienna. Under the baton of the world’s leading conductors, the Vienna Philharmonic rings in the New Year with a gala performance in the magnificent setting of the Golden Hall in Vienna’s Musikverein.

The festive concert is broadcast to over 90 countries and watched by more than 50 million people.

This past New Year’s Day, Riccardo Muti conducted the prestigious concert for the 5th time, reprising previous appearances in 1993, 1997, 2000 and 2004.  This year Muti introduced new works, and even a composer, never before heard at a Vienna New Year’s concert. Listen to the exuberance of the celebration on the album New Year’s Concert 2018

Along with Zubin Mehta, Muti is one of the most frequent New Year's Concert conductors since the era of Lorin Maazel.  Muti’s close artistic relationship with the Vienna Philharmonic dates back to 1971, and has deepened in the ensuing decades —with over 500 concerts. It’s an exceptional bond that led the Philharmonic in 2011 to recognize the maestro as an honorary member.