Once again a fantastic DVD from André Rieu: two-and-a-half hours of heart-warming music and fabulous photography, all recorded in Vienna, musical capital of the world. Gorgeous Viennese waltzes, songs and marches, famous Viennese operettas, dances, beautiful costumes, the Johann Strauss Orchestra enjoying skating by the Vienna Town Hall (to the strains of a Viennese waltz of course) the golden coach with six white horses… and of course André in his starring role as conductor, violinist and entertainer. In short, you will hardly be able to take in so much beauty all at once! But luckily you can put a DVD on and enjoy it again and again.
Together with André you can ride through the city in a horse-drawn
‘fiacre’ past all the famous palaces and monuments, and with him at your
side you can enjoy all the beautiful experiences Vienna has to offer. Not least
the lovely Viennese music of course.
These are just a few of the musical highlights:
Frühlingsstimmen Walzer, Wiener Blut, An der schönen blauen Donau, Grüß mir mein Wien, Wien bleibt Wien, Komm mit nach Varasdin, Heut’ ist der schönste Tag in meinem Leben, Ballade pour Adeline…
The DVD stars: the Johann Strauss Orchestra, the Platinum Tenors, the sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Kimmy Skota, the Vienna Debutantes and the lovely Viennese actress Barbara Wussow. She and André will take you behind the scenes where you can see how he produced the replica of the famous Schönbrunn Palace.
A complete surprise for André is the moment when he comes unsuspecting into the Marble Hall of the fabulous Belvedère Castle and is presented with the Gold Medal of Honour in recognition of his role as a true ambassador of Viennese music to the whole world. André is visibly moved and expresses his thanks by playing a new waltz that he has composed specially for his fans all over the world: the ‘Wiener Festwalzer’, a wonderful festive waltz with everything a Viennese waltz should have: allure, joy, elegance, intimacy and romance.
The absolute high point of this new DVD has to be the world première of the waltz by Sir Anthony Hopkins ‘And the Waltz goes on’. Sir Anthony is deeply moved when André, his great hero, plays this beautiful piece. Don’t miss this unique performance!
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