This is the liveliest of all Andre' Rieu DVD's. And why not? It is New Year's Eve, and it is in Vienna, afterall. Besides being the most uplifting musically, the camera shots and editing are the best of his DVD's. The camera angles spin around audience members and get the right close-ups of orchestra members. This time around, there are more childlike antics between members in the orchestra. This outing is also characterized by the maestro telling engaging stories and joshing the audience. The smiles and energy are infectious. Furthermore, the outfits and lighting are the most vibrant, giving the audiences in Vienna and at home good cheer.
Unsurprisingly, greatest on the bill of fare are the waltzes. Starting with "Gold and Silver," they manage one of the most uplifting numbers to be found from their collection. Similarly, "Without a Care" is uniquely frenetic. The songs melt into one another with nearly flawless transition. Alternate songs, "Come, Zigany" and "The Juliska of Budapest" have a gypsy-like livliness; while another alternated pair, "Emperor Waltz" and "Vienna Blood Waltz" are simply exquisite. Then, playfulness comes not only with the theatrics, but from the music as well, including on "Adieu, Mein Kleiner Gardeffizier" and "Circus Renz," with the latter featuring a nimble xylophone performance by a featured percussion player. In addition, there is a quietly beautiful jazz piece called "The Second Waltz". For additional variety, "Strauss and Co. Medley" and "Rigoletto Potpourri" stimulate the audience even further. And, finally, "The Gypsey Princess Medley" and "Carnival of Venice" are upbeat and festive additions for this happy occasion.
The downside is that there are some song repeats. However, since an Andre Rieu experience stays on the shelf less often than most DVD's, it is worth it. Nevertheless, "The Blue Danube Waltz," "Finiculi, Finicula," "Chianti Song," "Stars and Stripes," and "Brazil Symphony" can be found elsewhere*, but since this should be one of the first purchases, you will be hooked and want to experience these songs again and again.
'New Year's in Vienna' displays all their musical and entertainment prowess with an enthusiastic, fun-loving crowd during a festive occasion. This DVD is his most energetic. While 'Tuscany' excels with romance, and 'Royal Albert Hall' exemplifies variety, 'New Year's in Vienna' is his most magnificent. Obviously, you have to love waltzes. If you merely like them, you will love them here.
*'Royal Albert Hall,' 'Tuscany,' 'Live in Dublin,' respectively.
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What could be more magical than Andre Rieu and his world famous Johann Strauss Orchestra performing before a live audience in Vienna on New Year's Eve! Join Andre and his musicians and guests as they celebrate the year's most special evening with this collection of all time favorites captured live in concert. Track Listings: Gold and Silver, Waltz, Without A Care, Come, Zigany, Emperor Waltz, Juliska of Budapest, Vienna Blood Waltz, Funiculi, Funicula, Gypsy Princess Medley, Adieu, Mein Kleiner Gardeoffizier, Blue Danube Waltz, Radetzky March, Strauss & Co. Medley, Rigoletto Potpurri, Chianti Song, Carnival of Venice,Circus Renz, Second Waltz, Stars and Stripes Forever, Brazil Symphony.