New Year's Eve Concert 1996 Dances and Gypsy Tunes. The fascinating Russian virtuoso violinist, Maxim Vengerov (winner of the Echo Klassik) lends radiance to the gala performance under the baton of Claudio Abbado. Johannes Brahms' Hungarian Dances and Gipsy Songs; Maurice Ravel's Tzigane and La Valse and Hector Berlioz's Hungarian March make this New Year's Eve with the Berliner Philharmoniker unforgettable.
New Year's Eve Concert 1997 A Tribute to Carmen. The program of the Berlin Philharmonic bore the title «Dances of Life, Love, and Death», and it was hardly coincidental that it was meant as an homage to Carmen. The recording of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's traditional New Year's Eve Concert, conducted by Claudio Abbado, offers not only a cross section of world famous melodies from George Bizet's opera, but also famous dance music that was intensely or subtly influenced by it. With: Anne Sofie von Otter, Bryn Terfel, Roberto Alagna, Gil Shaham · Mikhail Pletnev.
New Year's Eve Concert 1998 Songs of Love and Desire
Love was the theme of the 1998 New Year's Eve Concert. And who wrote better music about love than Mozart and Verdi? Maestro Claudio Abbado has chosen two of the best Mozart interpreters, Christine Schäfer and Simon Keenlyside, for this traditionally meaningful event. Marcelo Álvarez from Argentina interprets highlights of the tenor repertoire, and Italian Primadonna Mirella Freni tops the occasion with a breath-taking performance of the Letter Scene of Tchaikovsky's Eugen Oneg