New Year’s Eve Concerts, 1977–2015 20 DVDs for the special price of 99 euros

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The Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concerts combine a fun, festive atmosphere and virtuoso music. They feature exciting audience favourites as well as entertaining discoveries and famous solo concertos performed by top-class guest artists. Twenty of these concerts are now available on DVD at the special price of 99 euros – with recordings from the Karajan period to the present day. This edition is available exclusively from our online shop.

The first concert of the edition dates from 1977 and was also the first by the Berliner Philharmoniker to be shown live on television. It featured Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducted by Herbert von Karajan. One year later, he presented popular overtures, and then on New Year's Eve 1988, he conducted his last concert at the Philharmonie.

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Under Claudio Abbado, the New Year’s Eve concerts were given added interest with evenings dedicated to particular themes, such as the story of Carmen or the music of Verdi. In his first years, Simon Rattle followed in a similar vein, presenting, for example, a Russian evening and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. In the most recent concerts, the programmes have become more flexible, mixing entertaining gems with sumptuous solo concertos.

This brings us to the guest artists of the New Year’s Eve concerts. In these recordings, there are great instrumental and vocal soloists, such as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Evgeny Kissin, Elīna Garanča and many others. Plus, in addition to the orchestra’s chief conductors, Daniel Barenboim and Gustavo Dudamel are also represented – two guest artists who are among the Berliner Philharmoniker’s closest friends.

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New Year’s Eve Concerts, 1977–2015
Berliner Philharmoniker
 
Conductors
Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel,
Herbert von Karajan, Sir Simon Rattle
 
Soloists
Laura Aikin, Roberto Alagna, Marcelo Álvarez, Emanuel Ax, Agnes Baltsa, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Lawrence Brownlee, José Van Dam, Dale Duesing, Mirella Freni, Elīna Garanča, Christian Gerhaher, Greg Hutchinson, Simon Keenlyside, Evgeny Kissin, René Kollo, Magdalena Kožená, Pauline Malefane, Wayne Marshall, Peter Martin, Sally Matthews, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Camilla Nylund, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mikhail Petnev, Menahem Pressler, Thomas Quasthoff, Dianne Reeves, Reuben Rogers, Andrea Rost, Gil Shaham, Christine Schäfer, Bryn Terfel, Alan Titus, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Mitsuko Uchida, Ramón Vargas, Maxim Vengerov
 
Knabenchor des Staats- und Domchores Berlin, Prague Radio Choir, Rias Kammerchor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Swedish Radio Choir
 

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    New Year’s Eve Concerts, 1977–2015

    20 DVDs for the special price of 99 euros

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    DVD 1–20
    Concerts from 1977–2015

    Bonus
    Documentary: “The Life I Love - The Pianist Menahem Pressler”

    Running time
    
29 h

    Region Code
    
0 (worldwide)

    Sound
    PCM Stereo (all)
    DD 5.1 & DTS 5.1 (DVD 1-3, 8-10, 12-20)

    Subtitles
    
German, English, French

    Booklet
    
72 pages / German, English

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    $99.00
    Excl. shipping