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5.0 out of 5 stars a visual and aural delight for people of all ages, 14 Jan. 2010
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This review is from: Live in Vienna [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 11 Apr 2012 15:09:54 BDT
Annie says:
I agree with all,and as to why he is not better known in England is because of the sniffy" attitude of. criticisms by our classic music fans!! When they play strauss it is so stilted, but AR arranges each piece of music he plays - and brings it to life. His arrangement of Sir Anthony Hopkins waltz made it superb - but the "composer" CD certainly needed AR's arrangement!! No-one other than "sour grapes" musicians can ignore the happiness he gives to millions.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2012 16:03:59 BDT
I fully agree with all you say,AR is so good in his arrangements I believe he attracts classical converts
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