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?
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.
André Rieu Live In Australia (NTSC) ANDRE Rieu came, saw and conquered the hearts of Melbourne He has made history. His concert at Melbourne's Telstra Dome on Saturday, 15 November, a record audience of 38,605, made it the biggest attendance of any Rieu show anywhere in the world. That it happened in Australia, the country that has so taken him to heart, pleases him endlessly. "It was an overwhelming experience. The warmth of the audience was overpowering." A giant, life-size reproduction of Vienna's cream and orange Schonbrunn Castle dominated the eastern end of the Dome. Giant candelabras flickered over the heads of Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra and chorus. André Rieu billed his show as "a romantic Viennese night" and it was all of this and more. Dancers twirled on two 600m ice rinks and from palace balconies and in a ballroom scene. Fountains cascaded and splashed around classical sculptures on either end of the huge stage.
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!
André Rieu In Wonderland (NTSC) To the music of Thus spake Zarathustra the gates open to reveal an enchanting, fairy-tale world. There are stunning melodies, recorded at Efteling, one of the world’s most beautiful fairy-tale theme parks, and performed by André Rieu, his orchestra and choir and some fantastic soloists. It is a fascinating, magical film, exciting and amusing from beginning to end. This fabulous, fairy-tale DVD has contributions from Suzan Erens, Carmen Monarcha, Carla Maffioletti, Mirusia Louwerse, Brian Dickerson, the Platinum Tenors, soloists from the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera, the International Dance Theatre, and the Berlin Folk-Music Sparrows. It’s a unique DVD with an enchanting atmosphere and wonderful, fairy-tale melodies, performed by top soloists. Enjoy the most beautiful fairy-tale music including Swan Lake, Hansel and Gretel, Solveig’s Song, the Sabre Dance, the Old Castle, Cinderella, the Magic Flute, and all the wonderful fairy-tale characters. Come away with us to the land of fairies, elves and a thousand-and-one nights, and live happily ever after…
André Rieu Live in Vienna (NTSC) Live in Vienna, a concert with André Rieu on the square in front of the imperial Hofburg Palace in the heart of Vienna, is 135 minutes of pure pleasure for the eyes and ears. It includes superb compositions from the most famous Viennese composers: Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán, W.A. Mozart, Robert Stolz and many others, against the background of the most beautiful, stylish scenery you can possibly imagine. The Johann Strauss Orchestra and Choir were joined in this wonderful concert by the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna debutantes from the Elmayer Dance School, the Platinum Tenors, the sopranos Dagmar Koller, Carmen Monarcha, Carla Maffioletti, Mirusia Louwerse and Suzan Erens, and the interpreter of the traditional Viennese song, Karl Moik. World-famous waltzes and melodies: the Blue Danube, Im Prater blühen wieder die Bäume, Lippen schweigen, Mein Herr Marquis, Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, Komm Zygany and many other wonderful compositions. As you look and listen, with this DVD you’ll immediately think yourself back in the romantic Vienna of the 19th century!
André Rieu on his way to New York (NTSC) With exciting stories about the real life that goes on behind the scenes, this DVD gives a colourful impression of the months of preparation that are going into the concert in New York. Every aspect is covered – the travelling, the fun times on the way, but also the sadness and emotions. What is really involved in organising a concert like this? What does the orchestra eat? Where do they stay? What does André do in the daytime? Do the soloists like going shopping? Or do they prefer to surf the Internet? There are lots of long interviews with André himself, about his work, his private life and his plans for the future. There are interviews with his son Pierre and with orchestra players, soloists, the cook, fans etc. etc. This roadshow was broadcast on Dutch TV in a series of six programmes, and these have now been put together in the DVD ‘André Rieu goes to New York’.