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Uplifting Perfection from Andre Rieu,
This review is from: Forever Vienna (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album and DVD. So uplifting and joyful, I love it. I have back problems so I can't dance anymore but I tell you this music is SO infectious it got right down deep into my soul and made me want to atttempt to dance again, it is so beautiful it really lit up every every fibre of my being and that is an incredible feeling. I can imagine this being the perfect antidote to a grey day, not that I'd ever need an excuse like that to play this CD and watch the DVD, it is just a sheer pleasure to press play on the remote and know that this joyous music will soon be filling the house.
I love the inclusion also of Andre and the Orchestra playing Ravel's Bolero - the full version; incredible but, who amongst us can ever listen to that evocative piece of music without seeing, in their minds eye, the wonderful Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean in those magical purple costumes skating their way to gold in the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics? Perfection personified, in this interpretation of the music and those wonderful memories it invoked.
Thank you Andre and your wonderful orchestra for such joyous, incredibly uplifting music. Long may you all continue to do what you do so well.
Forever Vienna? more like Forever Andre - Bravo!
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2010 01:14:09 GMT
Mr. G. Yeloff says:
This Bolero is NOT the full version-it is massively cut from 17 mins to 6.43.Despite Ravel being an obsessively exact composer Rieu has decided to hack the piece to bits and rearrange it even though Ravel was greatest orchestrator of 20C.This is a disgrace to be honest. If you like Bolero I advise you to seek out a reputable major orchestra playing the original score and respecting the composer's actual wishes.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2010 15:20:54 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2010 15:34:00 BDT
Claire Steed says:
Thank you for your reply but I have only heard the Bolero played for the Torvill and Dean piece, and that is what I was referring to. You don't like Andre Rieu, that is evident from your other posts but I do and so do a lot of people. Artistic licence, as I'm sure you know, gives people the freedom to re-arrange pieces, to put their own take on it. This is not wrong or butchery simply because you don't like it or agree with it, it is just something different. There are many people's work I don't like, and the arrangements they have done, but I wouldn't try and reply to every review of every artist I don't like, to say that. I prefer to live, and let live. It's a big world after all, surely there's room for everyone's taste?
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2014 23:12:38 GMT
Gordon Causer says:
There is such a thing as having respect for the composer and their intentions. Truncating a piece for the purposes of accompanying an artistic/sporting display is one thing, doing so in the context of a permanent recording is another. Mr. Yeloff's original comment is spot on, because you appeared to be under the illusion that what you were getting here is Ravel's Bolero. It isn't, and when there are so many fine recordings of the piece as Ravel intended it to be heard, I'm at a loss as to why someone should want to listen repeatedly to a mangled version of the original.
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