I have just received my CD of 'Waltzing Matilda' from Smoke Cds in New Zealand (it took 4 days!!!) and I am delighted to find that it is the special New Zealand edition featuring the traditional New Zealand love song and unofficial National Anthem,"Pokarekare Ana" 'The waves are breaking' sung by Mirusia as the opening track. I heard this touching song sung by a Maori choir some years ago and it never fails to invoke the Land of the Long White Cloud and it's friendly people. Those people, of course, often in our thoughts at this time.
The wonderful Royal choir Society Mastreechter Star feature on three tracks. Carla Maffioletti is credited with guitar! A difference is that New Zealand edition does not have 'I Still Call Australia Home' featuring Mirusia. It is a varied programme and is sure to make any night a 'Music Night'.
The CD comes in a gold embossed slip case and would make a fine gift. As Andre Rieu says in the lavishly illustrated booklet "I can only say with Joseph Strauss 'My life is love and laughter'". This studio recording is sure to delight the many fans of the orchestra and singers. 18 tracks 78:36 mins The programme: 1.Pokarekare Ana 3:28 Featuring - Mirusia Wiener Melange 6:38 Arranged By - A. Rieu* , F. Steijns* Written-By - C.M. Ziehrer* , J. Strauß* 2.A Mein Lebenslauf Ist Lieb Und Lust 2.B Seid Umschlungen Millionen 2.C Wiener Bonbons 2.D Accelerationen Walzer 2.E Hereinspaziert 2.F Mein Lebenslauf Ist Lieb Und Lust 3 Scarborough Fair 3:40 Featuring - Mirusia* 4 Waltzing Matilda 3:17 5 Treasure Waltz 6:23 6 La Vergine Degli Angeli (From La Forza Del Destino) 3:23 Featuring - Royal Choir Society Mastreechter Staar* , Mirusia* Written-By - G. Verdi* 7 Wine, Women And Song 6:16 8 Botany Bay 4:03 Featuring - Mirusia* 9 Du Und Du (You And You: Waltz) 6:17 10 Thorn Birds: Theme 3:56 Arranged By - A. Rieu* Written-By - H. Mancini* 11 Vienesse Citizen 6:15 12 Benedictus (Saint Cecilia Mass) 3:51 Featuring - Royal Choir Society Mastreechter Staar* , Mirusia* Written-By - Ch. Gounod* 13 Charmaine 4:05 14 Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again (From The Phantom Of The Opera) 3:57 Featuring - Mirusia* Written-By - A. L. Webber* 15 Fledermaus Quadrille 4:10 15.A Quadrille Pantalon 1:24 15.B Quadrille D'Eté 1:15 15.c Quadrille Finale 3:31 16 Tie Me Kangaroo Down 2:25 Featuring - Mirusia* 17 Home Among The Gumtrees 2:29 Featuring - Mirusia* 18 Waltzing Matilda 3:53 Featuring - Royal Choir Society Mastreechter Staar* , Mirusia* Written-By - A.B. Patterson* , M. Cowan*
This CD was made for Andre's Aussie fans before he even toured here. He combined 'his' classical music with tracks from the Australian repertoire. These were chosen by Mirusia Lowerouse who was born and raised in Brisbane by Dutch parents who migrated to Australia. Mirusia sings the Aussie repertoire and Andre's arrangement of this is outstanding. (She chose the songs for the encore of 'Live in Australia' Andre Rieu: Live in Australia [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]. You only have to watch the audience to see how engaged we are - I was there! Andre has become an overnight sensation in Australia and many stores stocked and still do stock all of his products. We were so thrilled with this CD that we sent it to our Bavarian friends who had introduced us to him. As with most of Andre's DVD's and CD's this 'Waltzing Matilda' went to #1 on our charts - albumns - and knocked off Madonna who had been there for weeks. This CD cemented Andre's place in our charts and in our hearts. He became the #1 music seller for 2007 in Australia and has just released his latest DVD 'Live in Sydney' from his tour in mid-October 2009. It is currently sitting at #2 after a week, behind Pink. If you want a slight variation on Andre's usual CD's this is it. It combines the classical with the contempary.