HAPPY BIRTHDAY! A celebration of 25 years of the Johann Strauss Orchestra It always gives me great pleasure to host our summer evening concerts on the beautiful Vrijthof square in my home town of Maastricht. But this time we had something extra to celebrate: a silver jubilee! The Johann Strauss Orchestra and I have been appearing on stage together for 25 years this year. Every reason to revisit some of the highlights of our career: Frédéric Jenniges with his zither, Carla Maffioletti with her virtuoso aria Adèle’s Laughing Song (Mein Herr Marquis), the Mastreechter Staar male voice choir, the Platinum Tenors, the seductive Carmen Monarcha with Habanera, Kimmy Skota with the emotional Casta Diva, a reunion with our Russian friends from St Petersburg, and much more... I warmly invite you to share with us in our celebrations.
Under The Stars: Live In Maastricht V Fall in love again with André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra as they bring you a colourful concert with over two-hours of beautiful melodies under the star-studded summer skies. Once again André Rieu transformed the Vrijthof square in his hometown Maastricht into a grand, romantic open-air concert hall with room for about ten thousand people for his traditional summer evening concerts. André returns to Maastricht bringing with him two wonderful guest choirs – the Harlem Gospel Choir and the Soweto Gospel Choir – and a very special guest: Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins! The Hollywood-based star is a great admirer of André Rieu and wrote a piece called “And The Waltz Goes On” specially with Rieu in mind. André Rieu performed it in Maastricht for the first time for such a large crowd. One of the stunning spectacles of the night is soprano soloist Mirusia Louwerse performing Mary Poppins' “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and flying through the air, high above the wonder-struck audience. “Under The Stars” contains 24 tracks and guest appearances by the South African Soweto Gospel Choir, The Harlem Gospel Choir, the St. Petersburg trio, local act 'Ziesjoem', Rieu's sopranos Mirusia Louwerse, Kimmy Skota and the Platin tenors in a romantic summer evening setting. From spirituals to musicals, and folk songs to waltzes; this is a glorious and thrilling celebration of music!
Fiesta Mexicana Join André on his global adventures as he finally recovers from illness to delight fans all over the world. Taking in the magnificent surroundings of Africa, Mexico and the sub-tropical Flower Island of Mainau in Germany, this emotional and exciting journey fully captures the enduring magic of The King of the Waltz. Tracks include Mexican Hat Dance, Hava Nagila, La Paloma, Cielito Lindo and many more!
And the Waltz goes on Once again a fantastic DVD from André Rieu: two-and-a-half hours of heart-warming music and fabulous photography, all recorded in Vienna, musical capital of the world. Gorgeous Viennese waltzes, songs and marches, famous Viennese operettas, dances, beautiful costumes, the Johann Strauss Orchestra enjoying skating by the Vienna Town Hall (to the strains of a Viennese waltz of course) the golden coach with six white horses... and of course André in his starring role as conductor, violinist and entertainer. In short, you will hardly be able to take in so much beauty all at once! But luckily you can put a DVD on and enjoy it again and again. Together with André you can ride through the city in a horse-drawn ‘fiacre’ past all the famous palaces and monuments, and with him at your side you can enjoy all the beautiful experiences Vienna has to offer. Not least the lovely Viennese music of course. These are just a few of the musical highlights: Frühlingsstimmen Walzer, Wiener Blut, An der schönen blauen Donau, Grüß mir mein Wien, Wien bleibt Wien, Komm mit nach Varasdin, Heut’ ist der schönste Tag in meinem Leben, Ballade pour Adeline… The DVD stars: the Johann Strauss Orchestra, the Platinum Tenors, the sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Kimmy Skota, the Vienna Debutantes and the lovely Viennese actress Barbara Wussow. She and André will take you behind the scenes where you can see how he produced the replica of the famous Schönbrunn Palace. A complete surprise for André is the moment when he comes unsuspecting into the Marble Hall of the fabulous Belvedère Castle and is presented with the Gold Medal of Honour in recognition of his role as a true ambassador of Viennese music to the whole world. André is visibly moved and expresses his thanks by playing a new waltz that he has composed specially for his fans all over the world: the ‘Wiener Festwalzer’, a wonderful festive waltz with everything a Viennese waltz should have: allure, joy, elegance, intimacy and romance. The absolute high point of this new DVD has to be the world première of the waltz by Sir Anthony Hopkins ‘And the Waltz goes on’. Sir Anthony is deeply moved when André, his great hero, plays this beautiful piece. Don’t miss this unique performance!
Roses from the South André Rieu and the world’s most exuberant orchestra, fantastic soloists, a Baroque castle, a flower paradise, charming countesses, a languid summer’s night, dancers from Vienna and of course... wonderful music! Just the ingredients for a fabulous new DVD from André! From the magnificent opening solo by André, ‘You raise me up’, with colourful images of the flower island of Mainau and amazing footage of the area, to the last, oh-so-beautiful and intimate violin solo ‘Guten Abend, gut’ Nacht’ (‘Lullaby’) by Brahms, listening to this DVD is pure enjoyment! ‘Rosen aus dem Süden’ (Roses from the South), ‘Die Czardasfürstin’ (The Czardas Princess), ‘Mama’, ‘Liebe du Himmel auf Erden’ (Love, Heaven on Earth), ‘In mir klingt ein Lied’ (A Song Inside Me’, ‘Il Silenzio’ (Silence), ‘Carnaval de Venise’ (The Carnival of Venice)… just a few highlights from this wonderful, musical, colourful 90-minute DVD ‘Roses from the South’. Revisit the summer with André Rieu, the Johann Strauss Orchestra, Mirusia Louwerse, Carmen Monarcha, the Platinum Tenors and the Vienna Debutantes on the island garden of Mainau.
Lovesongs (NTSC) If you would like to surprise the one you love with a really special DVD, you're bound to succeed with 'Love Songs'. André has personally put together this DVD for all those special moments in your life, from the most beautiful love songs from all of his specials. Piece after piece, they are all wonderful, romantic melodies played by André and his orchestra. We feel sure that your love will be delighted, but of course it's even more romantic to watch it and enjoy it together! And what's to stop you treating yourself for once, with a wonderful romantic hour just for you, dreaming that André is playing his 'Love Songs' for you and you alone?
Home for Christmas With the holiday season rapidly approaching André Rieu invites you to a festive Christmas concert at his house with his new DVD/Blu-ray release “Home For Christmas”. Rieu’s romantic celebration of Christmas is just what you need to get into the holiday spirit. The "Home For Christmas" program is recorded primarily at André's home, a romantic medieval castle in the Dutch town of Maastricht. Together with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, soloists and choir, André Rieu performs 26 holiday classics in his snowy, beautiful decorated garden and Saint Pieter Church across the street from his home. In front of his fireplace Rieu tells a Christmas tale and explains the viewer how he celebrates Christmas with his loved ones. "I would never be away from my family around the holidays – especially now since I can enjoy the glowing faces of my grandchildren and their excitement when they see the Christmas tree and the gifts waiting underneath. I travel around the world for the whole year working hard to bring music and joy to my audiences and fans but I am always home for Christmas." "Home For Christmas" includes special guest performances by The Royal Choir Society Mastreechter Staar, The Sjamaes Children's Choir and 10 year old ballerina Rosa. The repertoire ranges from traditional Christmas classics to emotional ballads. "With “Home For Christmas" I not only want to share my personal thoughts about this special time of the year, but also my very own selection of the world’s most beautiful Christmas classics. From the sacral Silent Night and Ave Maria to beloved classics like “White Christmas” and “Go Tell It On The Mountain” this product is a celebration of life, peace and music." "Home For Christmas" is just what you need to get into the holiday spirit; Two hours of beautiful songs and stories on the DVD and Blue-ray are guaranteed to warm your heart on cold winter days.
André Rieu Live in Maastricht 4, A Midsummer Night's Dream (NTSC) After a successful South African tour in 2010, the Vrijthof concerts were all about Africa that year. André invited the South African soloists from the tour to take part in this summer’s Vrijthof concerts: the fantastic young soprano Kimmy Skota from Cape Town, the Bloemfontein Children’s Choir and the children from the Hout Bay Music Project provided a real South African atmosphere. This fabulous summer evening concert also featured the sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Carmen Monarcha, the Platinum Tenors and the Berlin Comedian Harmonists. The evening has an upbeat end with a guest appearance from DJ Ötzi. This is a truly fantastic concert that you really can’t miss!
My African Dream From André’s performances in the presence of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Beatrix, to his Cape Town rehearsals with South African children bubbling over with enthusiasm... this double DVD is full of surprises for every André Rieu fan! On one DVD you get to see the preparations for his impressive tour through South Africa, the promotion visit to Cape Town and the filming on Table Mountain, interspersed with rehearsals in his studio in Maastricht. The other DVD is a report of the very special concert in Cape Town, where the public was deeply moved by André’s appearance with the fabulous black soprano Kimmy Skota and the South African children. ‘My African Dream’ is a unique opportunity to accompany André on his journey to South Africa and live his dream with him.
Dancing through the skies (NTSC) A better party atmosphere than this you cannot imagine! A concert with André Rieu which is also a wedding party, and which takes place in one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, the famous Semper Opera in Dresden. This DVD is another magnificent production from André Rieu. As well as a charming bride and bridegroom, who are part of the famous ‘Vienna Debutantes’, there are 40 fabulous pairs of dancers from the same Elmayer Dance School in Vienna, the sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Carmen Monarcha, the Platinum Tenors, baritone Morschi Franz and the Johann Strauss Orchestra and Choir, and with the inspirational direction of André Rieu, together they give a fantastic concert, more festive than ever! The audience at the Semper Opera are not just enthusiastic, they are delirious... carried along by the beautiful waltzes, the fiery paso doble, the gorgeous arias from opera and operettas, humorous scenes, moving songs from (well of course, in this wonderful venue) The Phantom of the Opera, and by the end they are dancing along with the bride and bridegroom and the Vienna Debutantes, to the fabulous music of André Rieu and his orchestra. In short, it’s a great party and one you simply can’t miss!