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The Vienna Philharmonic gave a rousing performance at its traditional New Year's Concert under the direction of Franz Welser-Möst, weaving the light and joyful waltzes of the Strauss family with works by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.

The Great Hall of Vienna's Musikverein was decorated with 30,000 flowers from San Remo, Italy, for the concert, which was broadcast to 81 countries.

The orchestra marked the start of an important musical year, with 2013 bringing the bicentennials of the births of Verdi and Wagner.

The waltzes, polkas and other pieces by the Strauss dynasty were once again the stars of the concert, giving those in the audience a taste of a musical style that captured the world in the 19th century and has not lost its magic.

The 52-year-old Welser-Möst, who currently serves as music director for the Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera, also directed the New Year's Concert in 2009.

The concert started with a Josef Strauss polka, one of the 11 pieces played by the orchestra.

The Vienna Philharmonic closed its 73rd New Year's Concert with Johann Strauss's "Blue Danube" and "Radetzky March," a piece traditionally accompanied by the audience's clapping.

Argentine-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim has been invited by the Vienna Philharmonic to headline the 2014 New Year's Concert. EFE