Ich tanze mit dir in den Himmel hinein/Dancing through the skies ‘This must be a piece of heaven!’ That’s what they must have thought when they first met – my two hundred-year-old Stradivarius and the enchanting young singer Mirusia. It was love at first sight! And who was the Cupid who secretly kindled this beautiful romance? Of course, Johann Strauss! And the love-darts that he shot were his grand Viennese waltzes. It was these that made the two of them fall head over heels in love. And I? I am the happiest man on earth, because I have been witness to this great love! Evening after evening I have the pleasure of playing the immortal Strauss waltzes all over the world on my old Stradivarius. And when I hear the stunning voice of Mirusia over it, Mirusia who at the tender age of nineteen won the world-famous Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award, I can only say with Josef Strauss, ‘My life is love and laughter!’ So, I wish you great pleasure with my new CD, Dancing through the skies / Ich tanze mit Dir den Himmel hinein!
Aus meinem Herzen Limelight, Ob blond ob braun, melodies from the musical My Fair Lady and the well-known Memory from the musical Cats, sung by the soprano Suzan Erens, the emotional ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ by the composer Rodrigo... there’s just no end to the new CD ‘Songs from my Heart’. A joy for the ear and balm for the soul. André’s passion for music is clearly heard in every note and every enchanting melody. ‘Songs from my Heart’... specially for you, from André Rieu.
André Rieu Live in New York After the successful concert in Radio City Music Hall in New York, it was inevitable: the new CD from André Rieu and his orchestra is, naturally enough: ‘André Rieu, New York Memories!’ ‘New York Memories’ allows André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra to be heard in a new way. It is incredible how versatile this talented violinist and his orchestra are. In New York, after all a city where people are used to quite a lot, they managed to turn the entire Radio City Music Hall on its head in a very short time with their repertoire. The melodies André Rieu and his orchestra played there have now been brought together on this fantastic new CD: ANDRÉ RIEU, NEW YORK MEMORIES. André Rieu has created a unique mix of the high points of American and European romantic music. Besides the well-known tunes from films and musicals, he also plays the world-famous hit by Frank Sinatra ‘My Way’ and the fabulous ‘Music of the Night’ from The Phantom, both as wonderful violin soloist, as well as the moving ‘Nuns’ Chorus’ by Johann Strauss and the fiery Italian song that is so popular in New York, ‘Torna a Surriento’. Alongside André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, this CD brings together the Platinum Tenors and the sopranos Suzan Erens, Carla Maffioletti and Celine Saleh. Suzan Erens sings, more impressively than ever, ‘Don’t cry for me, Argentina’ and, together with Carla Maffioletti, the moving ‘Pie Jesu’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Other highlights of the CD will doubtless include ‘I will follow him’ from the musical ‘Sister Act’, ‘Amigos para siempre’, the stirring waltz from the film ‘The Godfather’ and, entirely unexpectedly, the superhit ‘A whiter shade of pale’, daring but wonderful as a violin solo accompanied by a Hammond organ.
100 Jahre Strauss On June 3, 1899, the Waltz King, Johann Strauss Jr, died in Vienna. My admiration for this composer is so great that I wanted to honour the centenary of his death with this album. It includes not only a number of his most famous waltzes and polkas, but also a couple of very moving, melancholic melodies.
Das Jahrtausendfest This CD was specially recorded for the millennium celebration, but it would really be a shame to listen to it only once in a thousand years! You can play this music and enjoy it on any festive occasion.
Dreaming When you see this title most of you are going to think "Hey, isn't that the title of last year's CD?" Well yes, it is. The reason is simple: as the CD "Dreaming" was not officially launched in America last year, we have made a selection of compositions from "Dreaming" and "Walzertraum". A few other pieces have been added, such as the wonderful composition by André and his brother Jean Philippe, "Lost Heroes".
In Concert I think a live CD is always very special. It gives you a genuine feeling of the atmosphere in the concert hall. "In Concert" was recorded in the Concertgebouw in Haarlem, a wonderful hall with a fantastic audience. With "Adieu mein kleiner Gardeoffizier", you can really here how popular Robert Stolz is in Holland. And rightly so!
La vie est belle Composing is something I have been doing my whole life long. Even as a little boy, I used to improvise lovely melodies on the violin and later on the piano as well. For the first time, I have now recorded a waltz composed in collaboration with my brother Jean-Philippe on CD: La Vie est Belle!
André Rieu Live in Dublin André conquers Ireland... and the Irish steal André's heart! The unique encounter resulted in this CD of the Dublin concert at the end of 2002. An impressive André Rieu concert, just as we've all come to expect from him, but with a bit of magic from Ireland mixed in, giving a result that sends shivers down your spine!
André Rieu Live In Tuscany Long awaited, this CD has now been released! Even fans who already have the CD Romantic Paradise may well want to add this CD to their collection. In addition to some pieces also on Romantic Paradise, the new CD also has some fantastic live recordings. These include the Italian national anthem, recorded during the concert in Cortona in 2003 and the world-famous Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven recorded at the same concert and performed by the three soloists Carla, Carmen and Suzan, and of course André's wonderful choir. For anyone who was there in Cortona, it is a beautiful souvenir of that occasion. For anyone who was not there: just close your eyes and allow André to carry you off to beautiful Italy!