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The New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is a concert that takes place every year on the morning of January 1 and is broadcast worldwide. Every year the same program is also performed on December 30 ("general rehearsal") and on December 31 as the "St. Silvester Concert" (Sylvesterkonzert). The music is, for the most part, by the Strauss family (Johann Strauss (father), Johann Strauss (son), Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss. At the end of the concert the musicians collectively wish a Happy New Year (Prosit Neujahr) and end with the waltz of The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss Jr. , followed by the Radetzky March , by Johann Strauss Sr. with the audience applauding to the beat set by the conductor.

Today we propose the Concert offered on January 1, 2022 under the baton of the illustrious Argentine maestro Daniel Barenboim .


Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) was an Italian composer, violinist, and conductor. After studying at the Naples Conservatory , he moved to Paris at the age of 18, where after four years he was appointed director of the Lamoureux Orchester . He composed works for violin, pantomimes, operettas, ballets and his best known work that we suggest today, his Zardas .

Monti 's Zardas were written in 1904 for violin (or mandolin) and piano, although many arrangements for orchestra and a large number of solo instruments have been made later. Today we present a version for two violins and piano with the sisters Camille and Julie Berthollet accompanied on piano by Guillaume Vincent .

Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) was an Italian composer, violinist, and conductor. After studying at the Naples Conservatory , he moved to Paris at the age of 18, where after four years he was appointed director of the Lamoureux Orchester . He composed works for violin, pantomimes, operettas, ballets and his best known work that we suggest today, his Zardas .

Monti 's Zardas were written in 1904 for violin (or mandolin) and piano, although many arrangements for orchestra and a large number of solo instruments have been made later. Today we present a version for two violins and piano with the sisters Camille and Julie Berthollet accompanied on piano by Guillaume Vincent .


Albert William Ketèlbey (1875-1959) was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was born in Birmingham (England) and was the son of George Ketelbey and Sarah Aston . At the age of eleven he wrote a piano sonata which he performed in the presence of Edward Elgar . After studying for a time at the Milland Institute School of Music and at the Fitzroy in London , he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Trinity College of Music in this city, where he showed his great talent for playing various orchestral instruments. Being the director of the London Vaudeville Theater (Vaudeville Theatre), he continued to write vocal and instrumental music. Later, he became famous and many of his songs were used as accompaniment to movies and as background music in dance halls.

In a Persian market (In a Persian market) is a musical work by Ketèlbey written in 1920. Relatively short, about seven minutes, it evokes the atmosphere of an oriental market. The music successively describes: a) (0´00´´) The arrival of the camel drivers and the majestic passage of their mounts. b) (0´37´´) The song of the beggars. c) (1´12´´) The arrival of the princess. d) (3'19'') The jugglers and (3'36'') the snake charmers. e) (3'55'') The solemn passage of the caliph visiting the market. f) Again (4'16'') the song of the beggars, the melody of the princess and the camel caravan moving away, symbolizing the end of the market at twilight.


Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), born in Cádiz , was one of the most famous Spanish composers of the last century. Since he was a child he studied piano with his mother, while his nurse sang songs to him that he would remember all his life. In 1901 he met Felipe Pedrell , who awakened his interest in flamenco. In 1899 he finished his official studies at the Madrid Conservatory. obtaining the first prize for piano from said center. After a few years he moved to Paris ; however, after the start of the First World War , he had to return to Madrid , and after the death of his parents, he decided to move to his sister in Granada ; there he met Federico García Lorca . On September 28, 1939, shortly after the Civil War , he went into exile in Argentina , where he died.

La vida breve is an opera (lyrical drama) in two acts by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla , to a libretto by Carlos Fernández Shaw . Although its original language is Spanish, it was released in French, based on an adaptation by Paul Millet , at the Casino Municipal de Nice , on April 1, 1913.

Spanish dance No. 1 , taken from the above-mentioned opera, is offered today in a guitar version performed by Andrea González Caballero , a Gipuzkoan guitarist born in Eibar .

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), born in Cádiz , was one of the most famous Spanish composers of the last century. Since he was a child he studied piano with his mother, while his nurse sang songs to him that he would remember all his life. In 1901 he met Felipe Pedrell , who awakened his interest in flamenco. In 1899 he finished his official studies at the Madrid Conservatory. obtaining the first prize for piano from said center. After a few years he moved to Paris ; however, after the start of the First World War , he had to return to Madrid , and after the death of his parents, he decided to move to his sister in Granada ; there he met Federico García Lorca . On September 28, 1939, shortly after the Civil War , he went into exile in Argentina , where he died.

La vida breve is an opera (lyrical drama) in two acts by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla , to a libretto by Carlos Fernández Shaw . Although its original language is Spanish, it was released in French, based on an adaptation by Paul Millet , at the Casino Municipal de Nice , on April 1, 1913.

Spanish dance No. 1 , taken from the above-mentioned opera, is offered today in a guitar version performed by Andrea González Caballero , a Gipuzkoan guitarist born in Eibar .


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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was a German violinist, organist, conductor, and composer; He was born in Eisenach into the most prominent musical family in history with more than 30 famous composers in its midst. In 1703 he obtained his first job as a court musician for the Prince of Arndstat and in 1707 he moved to Mülhausen as an organist, where he married his cousin Maria Barbara with whom he had seven children. After the death of his wife in 1720, he remarried after a year and a half with María Magdalena with whom he would have another thirteen children. In 1723 he moved to Leipzig where he would reside until his death at the age of 65. A prolific composer, he is considered one of the three main geniuses in the History of Music along with Mozart and Beethoven.

The Cantata is a piece of music written to be "sung" by one or more solo voices with instrumental accompaniment and generally articulated by several movements and sometimes, with a choir. The oldest type of cantata , known as cantata da camera , was born towards the end of the 17th century , composed for solo voice on a profane text, while the religious cantata was created for religious rites. These cantatas were generally articulated with an initial chorus in which the sopranos began the musical theme, completed by a succession of arias , recitatives , and chorales , sometimes with passages by solo instruments that played the melody prepared for the voice. The fundamental difference with the oratorio is that it has an argument that supports it.

Today we offer Bach 's New Year's Cantata performed by the Thomanerchor choir and the Gewandhausorchester orchestra with the Thomaner soloists Stefan Kahler (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor) and Matthias Weichert (bass) under the baton of the German maestro Georg Christoph Biller .


Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899) was an Austrian composer, son of Johann Strauss and brother of composers Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss ; Known during his lifetime as "the king of the waltz", he was an essential factor in its evolution and sophistication, from being a peasant dance to an entertainment dance for the Imperial Court . He is the best known of the family for his waltzes, his polkas and his marches; composer, in addition, of several operettas. His father wanted to prevent his son from going through the straits of a musician's life, so it was his mother who helped him and encouraged him to focus on music. His work forms the basis of the repertoire offered annually at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 's New Year's Concert .

The Emperor's Waltz (Kaiser-Walzer), op. 437, is a waltz composed by Johann Strauss (Jr.) in 1889. It was originally titled Hand in Hand , and was composed in August of that year on the occasion of the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to Franz Joseph I , in Austria . However, the current name of Kaiser-Walzer would eventually be left to him as it was considered a more diplomatically appropriate name. The majesty of the piece is appreciated in its composition. It begins with a soft march that builds to a crescendo as the main melody is introduced. This remains in the background throughout the waltz. As the finale approaches, a cello solo repeats the first structure, before ending with a trumpet fanfare, accompanied by a timpani.

Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899) was an Austrian composer, son of Johann Strauss and brother of composers Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss ; Known during his lifetime as "the king of the waltz", he was an essential factor in its evolution and sophistication, from being a peasant dance to an entertainment dance for the Imperial Court . He is the best known of the family for his waltzes, his polkas and his marches; composer, in addition, of several operettas. His father wanted to prevent his son from going through the straits of a musician's life, so it was his mother who helped him and encouraged him to focus on music. His work forms the basis of the repertoire offered annually at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra 's New Year's Concert .

The Emperor's Waltz (Kaiser-Walzer), op. 437, is a waltz composed by Johann Strauss (Jr.) in 1889. It was originally titled Hand in Hand , and was composed in August of that year on the occasion of the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany to Franz Joseph I , in Austria . However, the current name of Kaiser-Walzer would eventually be left to him as it was considered a more diplomatically appropriate name. The majesty of the piece is appreciated in its composition. It begins with a soft march that builds to a crescendo as the main melody is introduced. This remains in the background throughout the waltz. As the finale approaches, a cello solo repeats the first structure, before ending with a trumpet fanfare, accompanied by a timpani.


Franz Schubert (1797-1828) Austrian composer who at the age of 11 was admitted as a member of the choir of the Imperial Chapel in Vienna where he had Salieri as a teacher. At that time, what brought money was the theater, the opera, a genre in which he never managed to excel, so he turned to lieder (songs), among which we must highlight his Ave Maria and the lieder ensemble La Bella Molinera . Despite dying at the age of 31, he left written more than 1,500 works including numerous piano and chamber music pieces, 8 symphonies, concertante works, incidental music, sacred music (among others, 7 Masses, 1 Oratorio and 1 Requiem). , several singspiel (small operettas), some opera and more than 600 small vocal works, mainly the aforementioned lieder.

Franz Schubert 's Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759 (sometimes renumbered Symphony No. 7), commonly known as the Unfinished Symphony , is a musical composition that Schubert began in 1822 but which, although the composer he lived another six years, he was left with only two movements: I (0´35´´) ALLEGRO MODERADO .-. II (17´01´´) ANDANTE WITH A MOTORCYCLE. A scherzo also survives, almost finished in a piano reduction but with only two orchestrated pages. One possible reason why Schubert left the symphony unfinished is the predominance of the same meter (ternary time signature); This is the case in the first and second movements, as well as in the aforementioned scherzo, which could be the germ of the third movement.

Today we attend the version offered by the Polish teacher Małgorzata Sapiecha-Muzioł .


José María Goikoetxea Aizkorbe (1924-2017) was a priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer , a Navarrese musician and composer born in Vera de Bidasoa . His professional activity has been developed in different fields of musical creation: composition, teaching, choir direction and literary creation around contemporary musical aesthetics. Between 1949-1951, he is assigned to Rome to further his studies in Philosophy and Music. In 1964 he broadened his studies of counterpoint and fugue with Fernando Remacha ; the following year he obtained a scholarship to further his composition studies with Karl Heinz Stockhausen with whom he studied the compositional technique of concrete and electro-acoustic music. He died on July 13, 2017 after an intense life of continuous improvement, study and creation.

Pablo Sorozabal Wind Quintet is a group founded in 1986 and made up of Jesús Solabarrieta Garro (flute), Mikel Olazabal Alberdi (oboe), Emilio Chirivella Alfonso (clarinet), José Etxeberria Gaztelumendi (bassoon) and Jon Lizaso Loidi (horn); With a repertoire ranging from music from the 16th century to contemporary music and performances in Euskadi, Navarra, Zaragoza, Toledo, Asturias, Cantabria, Mallorca and tours of France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, Portugal and England, he has been awarded with the First Prize for Chamber Music from the Basque Government . In addition to having several albums released, they recorded a monographic program for TVE on Pablo Sorozábal and another for EITB on Francisco Escudero . (Extracted from Auñamendi Euskal Entziklopedia)

José María Goikoetxea Aizkorbe (1924-2017) was a priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer , a Navarrese musician and composer born in Vera de Bidasoa . His professional activity has been developed in different fields of musical creation: composition, teaching, choir direction and literary creation around contemporary musical aesthetics. Between 1949-1951, he is assigned to Rome to further his studies in Philosophy and Music. In 1964 he broadened his studies of counterpoint and fugue with Fernando Remacha ; the following year he obtained a scholarship to further his composition studies with Karl Heinz Stockhausen with whom he studied the compositional technique of concrete and electro-acoustic music. He died on July 13, 2017 after an intense life of continuous improvement, study and creation.

Pablo Sorozabal Wind Quintet is a group founded in 1986 and made up of Jesús Solabarrieta Garro (flute), Mikel Olazabal Alberdi (oboe), Emilio Chirivella Alfonso (clarinet), José Etxeberria Gaztelumendi (bassoon) and Jon Lizaso Loidi (horn); With a repertoire ranging from music from the 16th century to contemporary music and performances in Euskadi, Navarra, Zaragoza, Toledo, Asturias, Cantabria, Mallorca and tours of France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, Portugal and England, he has been awarded with the First Prize for Chamber Music from the Basque Government . In addition to having several albums released, they recorded a monographic program for TVE on Pablo Sorozábal and another for EITB on Francisco Escudero . (Extracted from Auñamendi Euskal Entziklopedia)


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Music Hustle Entertainment presents ''Na For Bafut'' (Bonne Année), produced and co-written by Salatiel; is a theme song for PEACE IN CAMEROON, and a series of main events to develop and empower our community through positive actions like installing public lighting etc., starting with "Bafut" which is one of the most renounced people in the history of Cameroon, located in the northwestern region, which is the same era where Ambe comes from. This initiative is promoted by the Gumption Music group (Mr. Ngwa Fube) in collaboration with The Pacemakers (Dr. Ngongalah SuhFube Stephane). Watch, enjoy and share as you enter the New Year in style, peace, joy and happiness #LaSTAR wishes everyone a Happy New Year (Bonne Année)

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Claudia Leitte (1980) is a Brazilian singer who at the age of seven was part of a children's band and at thirteen, she was already acting as a professional. From 2001 to 2008 he was the vocalist of Babado Novo . In 2008 he recorded his first single and his live presentation was attended by more than 700,000 people on Copacabana beach. Despite her young age, she has made nine tours throughout Brazil and is currently one of its most famous singers.

Claudia Leitte (1980) is a Brazilian singer who at the age of seven was part of a children's band and at thirteen, she was already acting as a professional. From 2001 to 2008 he was the vocalist of Babado Novo . In 2008 he recorded his first single and his live presentation was attended by more than 700,000 people on Copacabana beach. Despite her young age, she has made nine tours throughout Brazil and is currently one of its most famous singers.


Eñaut Elorrieta (Gernika, 1975) is the founder and singer of the consolidated Basque group Ken Zazpi . But as of 2013, a new path was opened in the artistic career of Eñaut Elorrieta by publishing his first solo album Deserriko kantak under the Elkar record label. Since then he has combined the two facets, as a solo artist and as a member of Ken Zazpi , making an important concert tour through different venues and theaters.


Jane Birkin (London 1946) is an Anglo-French actress and singer who has lived in France since the late sixties. After his film beginnings in the UK , notably in the film A Midsummer Morning Wish , he began a career in France , where he met his later mentor, composer and partner, Serge Gainsbourg . Her weak voice became her trademark and was used wisely. One of their first collaborations was the song Je t'aime... moi non plus , which became an international hit. Jane Birkin has been a spokesperson for Amnesty International and has participated in various humanitarian actions.

Jane Birkin (London 1946) is an Anglo-French actress and singer who has lived in France since the late sixties. After his film beginnings in the UK , notably in the film A Midsummer Morning Wish , he began a career in France , where he met his later mentor, composer and partner, Serge Gainsbourg . Her weak voice became her trademark and was used wisely. One of their first collaborations was the song Je t'aime... moi non plus , which became an international hit. Jane Birkin has been a spokesperson for Amnesty International and has participated in various humanitarian actions.


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Giselle is a ballet in two acts with music by the French composer Adolphe Adam , choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli , and libretto by Théophile Gautier and Jules-Henri Vernoy, based on the play De l'Allemagne (1835) by Heinrich Heine . Giselle is a peasant girl of great beauty and extreme innocence; Deceived and betrayed, she falls into a despair that will drag her towards madness and death. Giselle is one of the masterpieces of ballet blanc , a ballet scene in which all the members of the dance group appear dressed in white. Since the days of the romantic ballet these ballet blanc scenes have been populated by ghosts, dryads, sylphs, fairies or similar creatures.

Today we present the complete ballet performed by Svetlana Zakharova, Roberto Bolle in his main roles accompanied by the Corps de Ballet of the Teatro de la Scala in Milan .


The Legényes are male dances, very typical of the Kalotaszeg region in Transylvania. These types of dances are usually performed by young men, but older men can also dance them. They are freestyle dances, often solo, usually performed in front of a band. These dances are characterized by jumping, running, and tapping. To this day, the legényes remain one of the most popular dances of the Hungarian peasantry. Sometimes the women also participate, in the form of side rows and singing verses while the man dances.

The Legényes are male dances, very typical of the Kalotaszeg region in Transylvania. These types of dances are usually performed by young men, but older men can also dance them. They are freestyle dances, often solo, usually performed in front of a band. These dances are characterized by jumping, running, and tapping. To this day, the legényes remain one of the most popular dances of the Hungarian peasantry. Sometimes the women also participate, in the form of side rows and singing verses while the man dances.


PDQ Bach is a fictional composer invented by American musical satirist Peter Schickele , who built a five-decade career performing the "discovered" works of the Bach family's "only forgotten son". Schickele 's music combines parodies of musicological scholarship, the conventions of classical and baroque music, and slapstick comedy. The name PDQ is a parody of the three-part names given to some members of the Bach family that are commonly reduced to initials, such as CPE for Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach ; PDQ is the acronym for Pretty Damned Quick .


The Kohar Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is based in Gyumri, Armenia and was founded in 1997 by patron of Armenian culture Harout Khatchadourian . Kohar 's first major concert tour took place in the summer of 2002, in Cyprus and Lebanon . In October 2005, it was the turn of Istanbul, in the Lutfi Kirdar concert hall, with more than 7000 Armenians and visiting public. From April 28 to 29, 2006, the Great Hall of the Moscow Kremlin witnessed unprecedented enthusiasm with almost 12,000 Armenian, Russian and foreign audiences. His biggest concert with Stars of Armenia was presented at Liberty Square near the Opera House in the heart of Yerevan, Armenia on May 28, 2011.

Today Kohar has become a cornerstone for the Armenian diaspora, with the goal of reviving and promulgating Armenian culture and preserving its heritage for future generations at home and abroad.

The Kohar Symphony Orchestra and Chorus is based in Gyumri, Armenia and was founded in 1997 by patron of Armenian culture Harout Khatchadourian . Kohar 's first major concert tour took place in the summer of 2002, in Cyprus and Lebanon . In October 2005, it was the turn of Istanbul, in the Lutfi Kirdar concert hall, with more than 7000 Armenians and visiting public. From April 28 to 29, 2006, the Great Hall of the Moscow Kremlin witnessed unprecedented enthusiasm with almost 12,000 Armenian, Russian and foreign audiences. His biggest concert with Stars of Armenia was presented at Liberty Square near the Opera House in the heart of Yerevan, Armenia on May 28, 2011.

Today Kohar has become a cornerstone for the Armenian diaspora, with the goal of reviving and promulgating Armenian culture and preserving its heritage for future generations at home and abroad.


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