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This review is from: Forever Vienna (Audio CD)I had never heard of Andre Rieu until over the Christmas period when the adverts for this product were on telly constantly, or so it seemed! So, for probably the first time ever, I gave into the barrage of adverts and brought this item.
I am a huge classical music fan but don't enjoy many violin players as I find, unless they are excellent players bordering on genius, they make it almost a form of torture. This cannot be said for Andre Rieu whose playing is absolutely first class!
Whilst I can see that people wouldn't like the saccharine sweet make up of the DVD; with the ladies of the orchestra dressed in their finery and over-the-top scenes, coupled with the frequent displays of arrogance that Andre seems to display (these are surely him enjoying the music and the 'performance' of it), I personally enjoyed it. The operatic feel of this DVD was just want I needed to perk me up during these dull and dreary wintry days; and I thoroughly enjoyed the show as a whole.
Highly recommend (even if you turn off the screen and simply listen to the music on its own, I am sure that you will come to the same conclusion I did - that Andre is a fantastic violin player).
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2010 18:34:28 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2010 18:36:06 GMT
Mr. G. Yeloff says:
Why do you say he is a fantastic violinist? NO pro violinist in ANY orchestra would agree. Also how would anyone know if Rieu is first class if he never plays anything that is remotely challenging? He NEVER plays any concerto movement,or anything resembling standard repertoire for a solo violinist.Why?? If he had any credibility he would be doing concertos and playing with major orchestras which he does'nt-in fact he runs conventional orchestras down in interviews.Why would you think this guy who would struggle to get into a small provincial orchestra is so good when the world has amazing violinists like Shaham,Mutter,Bell,Hahn etc. Type in Youtube- 'shaham carmen' and Mutter mendelsssohn' and you see a different planet. I am fed up with the huge hype surrounding this cheesy showman that makes him into something any trained musician knows he is not.The public are too easily taken in by the hype.
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