Georges Pretre conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the 2008 New Year’s Concert. The first piece is the lovely Die Libelle (The Dragonfly) by Johann Strauss, Jr. I first heard it in an even more enchanting performance led by Carlos Kleiber, which unfortunately they won’t let me share with you here. (Click on the link.)

I’d love to hear this played as an encore sometime, perhaps after a stormy symphony by Tchaikovsky or Mahler.

The second work on the video is Die Pariserin, also by Johann, Jr., a “polka francaise” here performed as a little ballet for horses.