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  • Dec 16, 2007
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Perhaps because Andre' Rieu knows how great his DVD's are, he believes that "special features" are made in their own right. Besides anyone willing to spend extra money will do so for Andre' Rieu. '...On His Way to New York' is an intimate look at the maestro with his Johann Straus orchestra on the road. Complete with shopping sprees, meetings, press conferences, and plenty of unscripted moments behind stage, there's enough material for two and a half hours of Andre Rieu with only samplers of the actual shows which culminates at their Radio City Music Hall concert in NYC.

To Andre' Rieu's credit, he's always said his orchestra is made up of his friends. Other similar special features DVD's have interviews with the maestro where he explains in a relaxed interview that he becomes nervous before performing, his influences, and rationale for taking or not taking ideas. This time all of this is seen rather than heard. Seeing his orchestra members out on the town, we're reminded of anecdotes of conductors who take a lion's share of the revenues, while admirable talent is left with the crumbs. The good will spills over into their company. There's plenty of joshing and good humor, just like in their act. One of the best scenes has the maestro elaborating about how love relationships have budded in the orchestra and gone all the way to the altar. When they're shopping ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man" blares. When talking about relationships "All You Need Is Love" plays. And for many spots, we hear Rieu's own violin strains of "My Way," which is perfect for the destination as well for the maestro's talents.

While I love the unpretentious comaraderie and getting to know everyone, and it is interesting to hear all the logistics of setting up performances, both by booking and stage, I thought there was a bit too much repetition in places and less to see. However, two focuses are particularly laudable: One are those street interviews by Rieu's fans; the other is when Rieu tries to go into a supermarket or Starbucks and the management chases them out of the store with their cameras. "It is illegal!" quips Rieu in a close up shot. '...On His Way to New York' is heartwarming, but not always a substantial trailblazing tour of the celebrated Flying Dutchman and his friendly company.

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Genre: Music, Musical
DVD Release Date: September 11, 2007

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