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New Year’s Eve Concert 1997 – Berliner Philharmoniker / Claudio Abbado

Anne Sofie von Otter mezzosoprano | Bryn Terfel bass-baritone | Roberto Alagna tenor | Gil Shaham violin | Mikhail Pletnev piano
Berliner Philharmoniker, Orfeón Donostiarra de San Sebastian, Südtiroler Kinderchor
Claudio Abbado

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s annual New Year’s Eve concert is one of the highlights in the calendar of every classical music fan.

The program of the New Year’s Eve Concert 1997 bore the title ”Dances of Life, Love, and Death”, and was meant as a homage to Carmen. The Berliner Philharmoniker, under the baton of Claudio Abbado, performed a cross-section of famous melodies from George Bizet’s opera, plus famous dances that were influenced by it.

Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy is played with fiery virtuosity by violinist Gil Shaham and transforms Bizet's melodies into a concentrated instrumental extravaganza. The Carmen theme continues with Ravel's Rhapsodie Espagnole and De Falla's Ritual Fire Dance.

Including international superstars Anne Sofie von Otter, Bryn Terfel, Roberto Alagna, Gil Shaham and Mikhail Pletnev.


Georges Bizet: Selections from Carmen  

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini

Pablo de Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy, op. 25  

Maurice Ravel: Rhapsody Espagnole

Manuel de Falla: El Amor Brujo: Ritual Fire Dance  

Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1

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NTSC 16:9
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PCM Stereo
Total running time
89 mins
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