Musical New Year



An International Celebration

Rob Cowan continues a day of special concerts from around the world to mark the arrival of 2006.


Sydney: From the Sydney Opera House

Schumann: Overture - Manfred; Cello Concerto

Mussorgsky, orch Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Christophe Coin (cello)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Kirill Karabits (conductor)


Berlin: From the Philharmonie, a concert to open this year's celebrations marking the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth

Mozart: Overture - The Marriage of Figaro; Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat, K271; Symphony No 38 in D - Prague; The Marriage of Figaro (Act 4 Finale)

Emanuel Ax (piano)

Camilla Nylund, Christiane Oelze (soprano)

Magdalena Kozena (mezzo-soprano)

Gerald Finley (baritone)

John Relyea (bass)

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)


Paris: From the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Myung-Whun Chung conducts the Radio France Chorus, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and a distinguished line-up of soloists in Beethoven's Symphony No 9 in Dm, the Choral


Washington: Porgy and Bess

George Gershwin's great American 'folk opera', a bittersweet love story, set in the Deep South, that remains a powerful and controversial mirror of America's evolving attitudes about race, culture and class.

In this production by Washington National Opera, Wayne Marshall conducts a cast that includes Gordon Hawkins as Porgy, Indira Mahajan as Bess, Angela Simpson as Serena, Terry Cook as Crown and Jermaine Smith as Sportin' Life.





An International Celebration

Rob Cowan hosts a day of special concerts from around the world to mark the arrival of 2006.


Vienna: Brian Kay introduces the traditional event live from the Grosser Saal of the Musikverein, where Mariss Jansons conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in waltz favourites by the Strauss family and others.