Andre Rieu puts on a fine show. He is always warm, enthusiastic, and full of good-humor. This outing is no different. Sometimes the selections overlap other concerts. (The one in Vienna particularly has some overlap, but the extra purchase is worth it.) The reader should note that the song selection was incorrectly given for the product.
This set of songs is perhaps the most lively and varied. There are waltzes, beautiful symphonic songs, ethnic pieces, and jazz numbers. The timing is great, cutting back and forth from orchestra and audience close-ups back to the maestro, Andre Rieu. This recording should squash forever the stereotypes that the Brits are stuffy people. They are invited to waltz in the aisles, while the rest just sway their arms and clap their hands. The festive atmosphere is accentuated with falling balloons and confetti, dropped to a cheering crowd. His regard for them is often facetious. He mimics them as stoney-faced before he cajoles them to dance to Strauss, the way it is meant to be. He also tells them they will perform Beethoven's Fifth in its entirety, which garners a laugh. He makes good on his word for a few bars, then segues to "Brazil Symphony". One feels transported by the hyjinx on stage and the occasional aerial and street shots of Big Ben, London Bridge, the double-decker busses, etc.
The content is also the most widely eclectic of his DVD's. They perform intricate ethnic classics like "Hava Nagila," "Salome' Sobridame," and "Sirtaka Sorbasma" (sp?). The mood swings from the lively and playful "Finiculi Finicula," and the British "Tea for Two," to the beautifully mournful "Nun's Tale" from 'Cassanova'. Waltzes are forefront with the unabashed "The Blue Danube," as well as "The Skater's Waltz". There are marches including "Radesky March" and "Stars and Stripes". Jazz seems to finish the bill with some jazz-age sounding numbers, including "Glen Miller Melody," "The 'Andre' Sisters," and "The Second Waltz".
Andre Rieu has reinvented the symphony. This DVD is an entertaining and engaging reinactment of a festive evening, worthy of owning and reliving again and again. This is no mere "Pops" concert, but a great show with a fine orchestra and an entertaining maestro.
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Track List: 1) Ballade 2) My Heart Will Go On - Theme to "Titanic" 3) Sous les ciel de Paris (The Sky of Paris) 4) Autumn in Venice 5) Granada 6) Marino Waltz 7) Kirmesliebe 8) Yeux Noires 9) Send in the Clowns 10) True Love 11) Moon River from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" 12) Edelweiss from "The Sound of Music" 13) Lost Heroes 14) The Blue Danube Waltz 15) Greensleeves 16) Adagio (Albinoni) 17) Internezz (mascagni) 18) Lullaby (Brahms)