Andre Rieu makes it all worthwhile, and in Dublin he encounters what may be his most receptive audience. There is splendour in the songs and their renditions, and like all of Rieu's outings, he shakes the dust off previous classical orchestra experiences and manages to put on a fine show.
The selections repeat themselves from other DVD's. (Actually, the copywrite is 2003, so it is really the reverse.) However, each DVD manages to do something new and worthy that makes the repetition almost inconsequential. Andre Rieu and his orchestra are masters with their predilection for waltzes. "Thunder and Lightning," "The Marino Waltz," and the perennial favorite, "The Blue Danube Waltz" are mixed throughout the evening well. However, the distinctive feature of the evening is ethnicity, for which the maestro is so accomodating. "Hor Ich Zimbalklange" has a gypsy feel; in contrast to "The Song of the Volga Boatman," which is sombre, yet sweet. The ethnic flavor is broadened with "Espana Cani," "The Song of Olympia," and "The Chianti Song," each playfully performed. However, he is the most accomodating when he taps into the Irish tradition. One of the emotional highlights is when famous local violinist, John Sheahan, joins Andre' Rieu for a violin duo on "The Marino Waltz" and "Irish Washerwoman". Then, the Irish festiveness is prolonged with "The Red Rose Cafe". In addition, "Opera Potpourri" and the 'Titanic' theme song round out a splendid evening with a particularly enthusiastic audience.
Once again, there is plenty of entertaining and playful hijinx with this performance. It is also distinctive for the large number of violin solos the maestro performs on stage, nimbly conducting the orchestra with his bow! The orchestra itself is in fine form. If we don't see them smiling as much this time around, maybe it's because they are so enraptured in their own music. Perhaps they are playing it straight this time (except for two male members who break into singing on "Chianti Song").
When searching Andre' Rieu's DVD's, perhaps it is best to purchase 'Tuscany,' subjectively his best, first; then, 'Royal Albert Hall,' his liveliest; and then 'New Year's in Vienna,' for waltz afficionados. "Live in Dublin" showcases a fine performance and a pleasant evening, but somehow the energy or song selection somehow falls short of other DVD's (Pick! Pick! Pick!) However, this DVD is magnificent, even with the petty rating and some intangible ambiences that may be missing from the preferred three favorites.
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Filmed in Dublin's famous downtown train terminal which has been converted into one of the most delightful concert halls in Europe, LIVE IN DUBLIN features Andre and the orchestra performing a collection of old favorites and exciting new selections. Already a smash PBS program LIVE IN DUBLIN captures Andre Rieu and his magical live performances at their most elegant best!