Herbert von Karajan conducts a program dedicated to the Strauss musical dynasty — With Kathleen Battle

Wiener Philharmoniker

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Kathleen Battle — Soprano

Wiener Staatsballett

Vienna Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan — Conductor

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In 1987, Herbert von Karajan was chosen to conduct Vienna’s prestigious New Year’s concert, an iconic annual event that became particularly patriotic that evening when an Austrian conductor led the Wiener Philharmoniker in an all-Viennese concert program! Waltzes, polkas, and Strauss’s unforgettable Radetzky March shared a program with a scintillating vocal waltz called Springtime Voices sung by the masterful Kathleen Battle—the only vocal soloist ever invited in the history of the New Year’s Concert!

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