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This review is from: Andre Rieu : Christmas Around The World [DVD](2005) (German Import) (DVD)
Having received this yesterday, I put it on just to check it played properly and ended up watching it all the way through. Andre Rieu and the JSO, with his ability to "pick a good tune" and their cheerful playing, are eminently suitable for this type of concert; a mixture of carols, other religious music and the more light-hearted Christmas offerings. It is from 2004, by which time he was using a chorus, and Suzan Erens, Carmen Monarcha and Carla Maffioletti had become established as soloists (no Platin Tenors yet). These three tend to sing the more serious songs(very well), both solo and in combination. He also uses Manoe, Stephanie and Lin from the orchestra for Rudolph and Winter Wonderland. The "Little Angels of Nagasaki" ( believe me they are angels) take up most of the first half-hour. Andre and Suzan are totally at ease with them and her "Slumber my Darling" is a gem. The lively JSO gets some good tunes to play. Most of the music will be familiar to you but there is some that will not and it is played with such enthusiasm. The concert was from Trier and the German audience was very appreciative. There are English subtitles but no extras. There are no cut-away videos and not very many "audience reaction" shots, (2 aspects which annoy some viewers). Nearly all the camera work is on the performers. Overall, it is a highly enjoyable 90 minutes. I only have a couple of quibbles: firstly, the "Hallelujah" chorus, hard as they tried, needed male singers with it. Secondly, I am sure there must have been encores but none were shown. I am not usually a fan of Christmas "specials" but this is easily the best I have ever seen and hope he does another one. As an import, it's expensive, but go on, treat yourself.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2012 00:08:35 GMT
Wow You give a full description and brilliant review and I`m the first one to acknowledge it. The first reviewer gave an empty one liner and got 15 yes vote. There is no justice for talent? Jabba keep up your good work
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2012 13:15:44 GMT
jabba the cat says:
Thankyou for your kind words. I have noticed that you often(justifiably) criticise that there are too many repititions/repackages of Andre's work. I can assure you that this DVD is quite unique. He has done one or two of the songs like the Hallelujah and the Evening Prayer in other concerts but, as far as I know, none of this concert is on any other DVD.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2012 14:29:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Nov 2012 23:40:18 GMT
I do enjoy his music since I have 12 of his concerts whom I play to impress people coming over to my house. He plays classic pop and whathever like nobody does and his singers are Wonderful no doubt.The europe version from amazon as the 16;9 Picture while what I see from amazon canada it`s 1;33-1. So I should be better off with the European version.
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