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Andre Rieu: Live in Vienna [DVD] [2005]
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209 of 210 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2010
I enjoyed this dvd of a concert of classical and some modern music ( when I say modern I mean for example a song from the film "the sound of music" ) which is more than 2 hours long.
There are opera singers - male and female -lots of old fasioned waltzes by strauss accompanied by dancers from the vienna ballet and you get to see the action inside and outside the very beautiful Hofburg Palace.
The audience sits outdoors in front of the palace ( an archaeological site had to be covered
over to accommodate them)- half way through the concert Andre Rieu introduces the Mayoress of vienna who made this all possible.Andre Rieu speaks often in the concert and this adds to its interest because he always says something worth hearing.
There are 25 sections of music and it is all either fast and lively or just plain lovely to hear.A dvd you could buy for the visual aspect alone - stunning buildings decor costumes and stage lighting.The highlights for me were the Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus ( what a beautiful dress the soprano is wearing),the Blue Danube and the bit where the orchestra eat some food while sitting at a table and playing their instruments perfectly.Something for everyone on this dvd.More than 100 million people around the world watched this concert on tv when it was originally broadcast.Why isn't Andre Rieu better known in the UK?
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2010
I totally agree with Dan's review, this DVD 'Andre Rieu Live in Vienna' concert and the subsequent one 'Andre Rieu at Schonbrunn, Vienna' are absolutely magnificent and outstanding I think of all his concerts. I also think that 'Dancing Through the Skies, Wedding at the Opera' is splendid for the elegant staging and the appearance of the Debutantes. Next choice would be the spectacular 'Andre Rieu Live in Australia' which is based on the Schonbrunn concert with the largest stage set recreating that palace ever built and was a very emotional occasion for Andre. Many others are 'must haves' including Dublin, Albert Hall, La Vie est Belle, the 'Maastrichts' 1,2,3, Christmas, Romantic Moments and well, I have nearly all of them! Andre is a great favourite with all the family and I am often asked to give one of his DVDs or CDs as a Christmas or birthday gift.

If you like this DVD you might also like the sensational 3 CD compilation 'Andre Rieu Eine Musikalische Traumereise' (an absolute bargain) which I have also reviewed
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2010
I got this on behalf of my Mum as she does not have the internet. She saw Andre Rieu on television and was totally amazed with him and his music. She found out that he had a DVD out called 'Live in Vienna', which we tried to get in town but was unable to. I told her that I could probable get it for her on 'Amazon' which I did. I can not tell you how amazed she was to get it when it came all the way from America to her house, and cost her less than she would have payed in town! I think that the DVD must be nearly worn out with the amount of times she has seen it. It was well worth the money spent.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2009
I loved this DVD as it took me back to my many holidays in this wonderful city. The musicians and singers appeared to be enjoying themselves so much and this happiness was projected through the DVD to me. Many thanks for a wonderful recording
Syd Smith
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2010
I have recently purchased Andre Rieu live in Vienna. I have never been a follower of classical music, but always liked the straus walzt,s.Have watched it 3 times.Superb entertainment all the audience had a smile on their face.
You could tell how much they were enjoying it. Will buy another dvd of him soon.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2009
This is an excellent DVD and well worth buying. Full of humour as well as the music input. In fact the whole family have truly enjoyed it. Many thanks for your fast delivery as always.

Lesley Banyard.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2010
This is one of the most wonderful DVD's I have ever purchased. Andre Rieu has a way of transferring the joy in his music to the audience. That is not to say the DVD is typical of classical DVD's generally. There is comedy as well.
An absolute joy and one I am delighted to add to my collecion.
I was already aware of Andre Rieu prior to my purchase as I have other DVD's of his, but, despite that I was still surprised and delighted with this particular item. For anyone who likes music and the joy it brings, this is a must.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Both my husband and I loved this DVD, each one we buy we think they can't get any better but they do, the music, everything about this DVD is just perfect. Since seeing him over the Christmas period I have bought 7 DVD's and just ordered my 8th. I will be honest I never would have thought that I would enjoy this music, but Andre plays it with love and passion, his orchestra too, we are well and truly hooked. I wish I had seen him years ago, I have missed so much. Just buy and enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2010
This DVD is yet another delight and is of a concert by Andre Fieu and his Strauss Orchestra. As usual there's some magical music, with humour which adds to, and doesn't detract from, the musical enjoyment. The concert being in a square in Vienna with thousands in the audience added to the enjoyment for me. This is a DVD that I shall be playing many times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2011
This is the second DVD I have seen of Andre Rieu and enjoyed it just as much. I will certainly try to buy the rest of his wonderful music. Who would have thought the Strauss Family would be popular again in the 21st Century. Other composers also were brought back into fame again and Andre Rieu's wit was evident once more especially when members of the brass section were seen enjoying Vienaschnizel whilst slurping their bottles of beer during quiet parts of a Viennese Waltz. The DVD for me was over 2 hours of sheer bliss, I could'nt even leave the screen to make a cup of tea in case I missed something. How Andre Rieu can stand the non-stop entertainment on stage for such a length of time I do not know.
Once again the ladies of the Orchestra wore beautiful gowns which toned in well with the delightful music and dancers.
By the time the Concert finished there was a real party atmosphere whereby members of the audience took to their feet and joined in at every conceivable space all thoroughly enjoying themselves. A really good buy.
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