The money behind Vienna’s New Year’s Day concertmain
Sources in the Vienna Philharmonic tell us that Sony Classical paid them a record amount for world rights in yesterday’s event.
This is surely nothing to do with imminent arrival of the head of Sony Classical, Bodgan Roscic, as director of the Vienna State Opera, where maintaining a good working relationship with the orchestra will be one of his priorities.
This year’s conductor, Andris Nelsons, is under contract to Deutsche Grammophon and has recently recorded the Beethoven symphonies for DG with the Vienna Phil. That, too, may have been a factor in Sony’s eagerness to win the bidding war over the only classical release which can nowadays be guaranteed instant sales – in Asia, at least.
Sony has no conductors of its own.
And the maestro name plays a big part in guaranteeing Asian sales. That’s why the VPO have announced Riccardo Muti for 2021. He’s a known commodity in Japan, unlike some younger contenders such as Kirill Petrenko, Currentzis and Mirga. Any of those three would have set the heart pounding.
But that’s not what New Year’s about.
It’s just business.
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Pictured today at the New Year’s Concert 2020 (left to right): maestro Andris Nelsons next to tenor Jonas Kaufmann (guest) and Daniel Froschauer (Vienna Philharmonic). The program celebrates Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th and Vienna Musikverein’s 150th anniversaries in 2020, with the premieres of his “Contredanses” and the waltz “Freuet Euch des Lebens” (Enjoy Life), respectively.⠀ ⠀ The album will be released on January 10 – pre-orders available now (link in bio).⠀ ⠀ @andrisnelsons @tenorkaufmann @viennaphilharmonic @musikverein.wien⠀ ⠀ #NewYearsConcert2020 #NYC2020 #NYE2020 #musikverein #vienna #wien #nye #danielfroschauer #viennaphilharmonic #wienerphilharmoniker #viennaphil #beethoven #strauss #waltz #happynewyear #classical #music #orchestra #sonyclassical
photo: Vienna Phil/Linke