42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday Dear Orchestra
Amazon should not have allowed the posting of reviews prior to the release of the DVD. Many of the poor ratings submitted were pre release and were inaccurate and uninformed. This DVD is superb and there is ample material that has not appeared within any of the 5 previous Maastricht concerts, and some that have are completely different versions. There are polished...
Published 8 months ago by NW1 Champion
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant music
Music good but all commenter is in Dutch. Would have liked It in English so I could know what he was sayin.
Published 2 months ago by Joan Brocklehurst
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Birthday Dear Orchestra,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)Amazon should not have allowed the posting of reviews prior to the release of the DVD. Many of the poor ratings submitted were pre release and were inaccurate and uninformed. This DVD is superb and there is ample material that has not appeared within any of the 5 previous Maastricht concerts, and some that have are completely different versions. There are polished performances form the Platin Tenors, Carmen, Carla and Kimmy. Mirousia has moved on but the quality of the concert did not suffer. Very reasonably priced and over 2 hours of compelling entertainment.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gread DVD,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)Great value and entertament for over two hours one of the best dvd i have seen something for a long time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musicality,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)As usual this dvd was upto his excellent standard. As always you see all his musicians showing how they love to perform for a MAESTRO.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot stop watching Andre once you have started,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)Sit back and enjoy a good taste of the King of the Waltz you will never regret it and will want more
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magical Music Celebration,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)Whilst similar in composition to other Maastricht DVD releases, this particular concert has sufficient variation to make provide a 'must have' music extravaganza for his avid fans. I'd certainly recommend this DVD as a worthwhile addition to anybody's Andre Rieu collection. Take my word for it...FAB-U-LOUS! As ever, 'Amazon' service was first-rate.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars andre rieu another brilliant dvd,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)bought this for mum to add to her collection. she loves it. just ordered the gala concert dvd for her.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more to my collection,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)Although most of the music is a repeat of his previously played at his concerts but there are only so many waltzes to be played and he does his best to please his fans.I will never get fed up of watching him and his lovely musicians.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andre Rieu Happy Birthday,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)His DVD's are a delight to watch. The music is wonderful and the dresses of the girls in the orchestra. He just makes you feel happy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The secrets of Andre Rieu's phenomenal success ....,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)....
I'm a German amazon.de & co.uk- customer, who visited several of ANDRE RIEU's concerts in Germany and in Europe. I bought his CD-albums and several of his DVDs when I listened to several of his concerts! I bought quite a lot of his CD albums and many DVDs, because I wanted to keep his breathtakingly amazing concerts in my mind. Andre Rieu is a phenomenon!
His concerts are fully booked, and the tickets are sold out in short time after announcement. He is able to motivate thousands of people to sing with, to dance in the aisles.
His musicians in the orchestra are dressed in 'Rokkoko' or 'Barock' fashion style, all the artists sing and perform in Rokkoko or Barock fashion styles.
Some of the secret of his phenomenal success are the following -
Secret #1: he offers music almost everyone knows. Songs almost everyone knows are called "Gassenhauer" in German language.
Secret #2 is that he motivates the people to sing with, and he motivates the people to stand up and sit down. He brings movement into the public. Some people of the audience even dance in the small aisles.
Secret #3 - the members of his orchestra are not only dressed in tuxedo and black skirt with white shirts, they are dressed in Rokkoko fashion style.
Secret #4 - there are many funny jokes in his performances. His performances are not so pure formal as people know this from performances of "Staatsopera" in Vienna or .... etc. He makes the people in the audience laugh!
Secret #5 - it is the mixture, the sum of 'secrets' #1 to #4, that the audience gives him standing ovations.
If You're in the audience of one of his performances, You will say: "This is such a wonderful performance, I wish, this evening will never end!" And the people in the audience cry for "Zugabe" (one song more please). Andre Rieu doesn't only perform all over Germany, he travels with his orchestra all over Europe and even worldwide - North America, Far East.
This is what people in the audience say about Andre Rieu's performances:
..."The extended encores are especially enjoyable, where the orchestra diverts from classical music to popular songs from around the globe, and has the crowd literally dancing in the aisles. "
...Andre Rieu's interaction with the audience and comical antics are what "make" his concerts so special. ...."
..."The excitement generated by the audience is contagious"
..."Andre Rieu is always warm, enthusiastic, and full of good-humor"
...."The set of songs is perhaps the most lively and varied. There are waltzes, beautiful symphonic songs, ethnic pieces, and jazz numbers. "
..."When his music isn't making me get up and dance with my long-suffering partner around the room, I'm sitting there blubbing at music like "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic. He is truly amazing and a joy to watch. The costumes of the ladies in his orchestra are beautiful and everyone is full of fun at the same time. Watching the faces of the people in his audience, and their reactions to what is in front of them, is great. Go on and treat yourself - you'll never tire of listening and watching anything by this man. ..."
...."Of course Andre and his orchestra are tremendous. Carmen Monarcha in 'O mio babbino caro' and Carla in 'Song of Olympia' are sensational - Carmen so cute yet convincing and Carla petite and impressive - both with such beautiful voices. I loved the touch of humour during Espana Cani and the Chianti Song. As an opera lover I enjoyed the pieces from Opera Potpourri and Merry Widow, and the Irish audience lavished in their singalong to these tunes. Of course I never tire listening to the waltzes and marches and I must admit I simply loved Andre and the Dubliner John battling it out on their violins - most entertaining. I just love the way Andre Rieu and his JSO make music. I really enjoy his DVDs because they emit that good feeling factor and The Last Rose is no exception! ..."
..."On a beautiful Melbourne evening in November 2008, an audience of nearly 40,000 witnessed the show of a lifetime. Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, together with the Imperial Ballet of Vienna, Elmayer Debutantes, Stars on Ice and the Australian Federal Police Pipe and Drum Band and friends brought Vienna to Australia. Against the spectacular backdrop of the Schonbrunn Palace reproduced complete with fountains and a golden ballroom, Andre, his musicians and his entourage entertained the audience with gems from the Austrian capital as well as a host of popular melodies from his 'second home', Australia. ..."
....=After waiting for 18 months to see Andre perform live in Australia his first concerts were in Melbourne. Wanting to attend his first concert I ended up going to three as his additional concerts were always in advance.
Over 90,000 people attended those 3 concerts. As tickets sold very fast in each city fans were flying interstate - sometimes on 3 hour plus flights - just to see him. Also New Zealanders were taking the 3 hour flights as well.
This concert had a record crowd for Andre Rieu and everyone had a ball. People were talking about his concerts each day after one; at work, on public transport, while shopping etc. He made an amazing impact.
Everyone loved our Aussie singers: Gary Bennett of 'The Platin Tenors' and of course his soloist Mirusia Lowerouse. The DVD doesn't show the full extent of the microphone incident. When we watched the replay of the concert - it had been televised live - Suzan Erens had been singing for 45 seconds and not the few shown here. If you want to see how audiences interact with Andre this is the DVD to get.
He has just finished his second tour Down Under and for Christmas has just released 'Live in Sydney' which features Dame Edna Everage and Alan Jones. I bought it for friends who are Dame Edna fans as there is 20 minutes of her on that DVD. Also, available on Aussie DVD or music sites is Andre's Australian Adventures the documentary companion to Live in Australia.
Sit back, join in and have lots of fun. FANTASTIC!!! ..."
....."Watch Andre Rieu play his violin and his Johann Strauss orchestra. Play songs old and new classics. Some of the songs are Austrilian oranted. With guests include The Platin Tenors perform Nessun dorma, Chianti song. Other guests include Mirusia Louwerse perform Concerto pour une voix and Wishing you were somehow here again. (from Phantom of the opera). The D.V.D includes the usual songs by Andre Rieu and Johann Strauss orchestra with songs On a beautiful blue danube, Bolero, Radetzky march, Strauss and co, And The European pipe pipe band play pipes in Amazing Grace. With Andre Rieu. Watch ballet dancers perform songs with Andre Rieu and his orchestra. And watch ballet dancers on ice skates perform songs with Andre Rieu and his orchestra. Andre Rieu and his Johnann Strauss orchestra and his guests all perform in a set castle with an ice rink and ballet. With an audience of 40.000 and looked like they enjoyed the peerformance. With tears of joy and laughter. ....."
...."ANDRE RIEU - LIVE AT MAASTRICHT - but a few words after watching the performance on Sky Arts on Saturday 21st August 2010 - the show was the best music performance I (we, my wife and I ) have seen for many many years - We are not normally that interested in the type of music played but we decided to watch the program as we have seen a little of Andre Reiu in the past - we are so glad that we did - it was SUPERB - we are now fans of AD and although we recorded the show we are certainly going to purchase the DVD and probably a few more of Andre Rieu. Nice Fella!! ...."
...."As there isn't one, I will provide a Product Description:
You are most cordially invited to a wedding celebration concert with André Rieu in one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world, the famous Semper Opera in Dresden. The staging is truly sumptuous with the dancers performing on a raised ballroom above the orchestra. The gowns of the sopranos are the most lavish imaginable.
As well as the charming bride and bridegroom of this joyous occasion, there are 40 more fabulous pairs of dancers from the famous Vienna Debutantes of the Elmayer Dance School in Vienna. Together with the beautiful sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Carmen Monarcha, the handsome Dutch tenor Morschi Franz, the bombastic Platinum Tenors, the Johann Strauss Orchestra and the inspirational direction of André Rieu. English subtitles available for the linking introductions. There are the comic moments, the encores and the lively finale we have come to expect from Andre and the JLO.
André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have performed throughout Europe, in North America, Japan and Australia. They have won a number of awards including two World Music Awards and have recordings that have gone Gold and Platinum in many countries around the world. André Rieu plays a 1667 Stradivarius. His repertoire includes a wide range of classical music as well as popular and folk music plus music from famous motion picture sound tracks and theatre musicals. His lively and colourful orchestral presentations have attracted worldwide audiences to classical music. ..."
..."Relax and enjoy this concert. Andre Rieu once again demonstrates his showmanship.His enjoyment of music and his enthusiasm delightfully infects the audience who are with him 100%. His presentation and arrangements are pure magic and his orchestra obviously enjoy the performances and the opportunity to take an active part in the performance beyond delivering the music. Forget the seriousness and dare I say it the snobbery of many classicists, this opens up serious (and sometimes not so serious) music to all. Andre's delivery of Sakura (track 21) is magical. ..."
..."Have followed Andre Rieu's progress over the years, from quite small beginnings to the current crop of super-shows. He is a natural musician and showman whose work appeals to folk of all ages. But, (only a small but) he will have to be careful of introducing those odd non-musical items which you would expect on a continental variety show. We love his music and his sense of humour. It is interesting to speculate on how his programmes could develop - a revival of some of the old light opera/musical favorites would be marvelous. Student Prince, Belle of New York etc. The Flying Dutchman offers first class musical enjoyment over and over again. If he were to lose the two South American ladies who sing so wonderfully, it would be a tragedy for his programmes. ...." Freddy/ Norfolk- UK
..."Andre once again gives us a thrill. The Romance of Tuscany, the beauty of the Johann Strauss Orchestra & the Charm of Andre. Filmed in Cortona, the beauty of the outdoor atmosphere matching the charm of Andre & the JSO. Speaking in Italian, Andre easily connects with his fans. Framed in the colors of Cortona, the city sets the background for a Romantic Evening. 'Romance Anonyme & I Love You' are soft and spirited at the same time. 'Barcarolle' beautiful. Who can resist dancing with the JSO as they play a waltz? Carmen is ever stunning as she sings O Mio Babbino Caro, bringing some of us to tears. You clap, You sing, You dance, You fall in Love. This is Andre at his best. Turn the lights down low, pour your favorite glass of vino and enjoy. ..."
.." He speaks in Italian (with English or French subtitles) and feature runs for 87 minutes. This concert took place in Cortona in Italy (in Tuscany region -NW of Italy, which is famous for its vineyards, olive gardens and Pisa Tower). Concert is in two parts; first part takes 43 mins and second 44 mins. There are also bonus materials in the DVD with the song Largo, Behind the Scenes and Making Of. But all of them run only 3-4 minutes. With this concert Andre Rieu takes us to a summer evening atmosphere of a Tuscan City. Song selections are based on Italian songs and Italian composers. Some tracks have video-clips by Rieu and his soloists, in order to take us back those medieval times in Italy. At the end of the concert, Rieu plays his own piece called "I Love You". Apart from other DVDs by him, there are only 2 tracks from Viennese composers and therefore we cannot name this concert as Viennese style or A Waltzing Evening. But of course, it is a very nice example of Andre Rieu's concert to make us feel Italian way of music.
For those of you who are familiar with Andre Rieu's DVDs/CDs; it is needless to say how his music is beautiful and joyful. You never and ever keep yourself in your chair. If you like waltzes or classical pieces or a beginner listener in that area; he is the one who can give you the magic of classical music. And according to me, everyone should invite classical music to his home and introduce it to his/her kids from early ages. And to begin with, Andre Rieu is the great choice... ....."
..."One night while channel surfing we hit the PBS special of Andre Rieu in Tuscany. We were captivated and surfed no more. Having no idea who Andre Rieu was it was not his name that caught our attention but the beautiful setting and the music. It was absolutely spell-binding. We subscribe to netflix and looked to see if it was available through that and it was so we ordered it. We watched it about six times before returning it and then we looked for it through Amazon and ordered it along with the Dublin one. We have also watched, through Netflix, the 100 years of Strauss and the one from Berlin. Although they are all good, by far we love the Tuscany concert the best. My favorite is the Puccini piece with Carmen Monarcha singing. What an absolute angel. My sentiment is with the old man they show a couple of times during that song who ends up with tears coming down his cheeks. It really is a moving rendition. One of the best features of the concert, however, is the fantastic audience response to most of the songs. All the concerts we have seen have good audience participation but this seems like the best. It must be an Italy thing. Anyway, needless to say, my wife and I have become HUGE Andre Rieu and Johann Strauss orchestra fans and if some day we were able to attend one of his concerts I know it would be a highlight of our lives!!! ..."
From a German engineer and manager who has the luck to live at the 'Rub Al Khali' desert, the most unseen and most beautiful desert in the Arabia Gulf region.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andre' Rieu DVD,
This review is from: Happy Birthday [DVD] (DVD)I usualy buy all his DVD's as I am a great fan and have been to his live concert at the O2 in London.
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