In Vienna from left: Oliver Wazola (Senior Product Manager Classics & Jazz Sony Music Entertainment Austria), Prof. Dieter Flury (flutist Vienna Philharmonic), Dr. Alexander Wrabetz (theater director ORF), Barbara Rett (ORF, presenter of the concert), Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg (CEO Vienna Philharmonic), Philip Ginthör (CEO Sony Music GSA) (Photo: Sebastian Hornik, Sony Music Entertainment Germany)
The New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic that was broadcast in over 70 countries around the world sold over 150,000 units since its release by Sony Music on January 7. In Austria the double album reached double platinum with 40,000 units within four days after release and was no. 1 on the charts for weeks. It also charted at no. 12 in Germany, no. 9 in Switzerland, no. 4 in Turkey, no. 29 in Spain, and no. 45 in France on the pop charts.
Philip Ginthör, CEO Sony Music Entertainment GSA, spoke to Billboard about the album going platinum in Austria: "It worked out to present the New Year's Concert in Vienna not only via the traditional way of TV and radio broadcasting, but also via livestream. Therefore it was possible to achieve a turnover with the double-CD that is a rarity for classical music albums. Here, classical music has reached new target groups - and all that beyond all borders. It's a sensational success for the Vienna Philharmonic."
Prof. Dr. Clemens Hellsberg, CEO of the Vienna Philharmonic, said in a statement in Vienna: "For 70 years the New Year's Concert has been a major international cultural event from Austria. The concert is a complete work of art and mobilized over 40 million people around the world in 2012."
The traditional New Year's Concert on January 1 was conducted for the second time by the Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons. Jansons conducted a program of the most popular waltzes of the Strauß dynasty. The concert was broadcast via Austrian TV to over 70 TV channels and 300 radio stations worldwide. The event was broadcast by most major networks around Europe, China, Japan, Australia, several African countries and Latin America.