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Album Review

If any contemporary musician merits Johann Strauss' moniker, "The Waltz King," it is assuredly the indefatigable André Rieu, whose scintillating concerts have delighted audiences around the world. Forever Vienna, Rieu's 2010 release on Decca, is a representative sampler of his lively repertoire, and the violinist/conductor and his Johann Strauss Orchestra present a jovial mix of medleys and popular waltzes by the Strausses, Franz Lehár, Dmitry Shostakovich, and other composers whose dances have become familiar light classical fare. Most of the arrangements are Rieu's, and they display his characteristic whimsy and splashy orchestration, sometimes featuring a prominent violin part for himself, but often highlighting other musicians in enviable solos. The medleys are perhaps the most surprising and clever offerings, for Rieu occasionally inserts references to masterpieces that are far from the ballroom floor: the opening horn call from Bruckner's Fourth is a quirky way to open Danube Love Medley, a potpourri of waltzes, and who would expect Rossini's William Tell Overture or Suppé's Light Cavalry in the high-spirited Strauss Party? But as unexpected as these quotations are, they always work because of the music's buoyant humor and Rieu's charming way of letting his audience in on the jokes. The sound of these recordings is full, warm, and effervescent, and the evenness of volume over the tracks allows a comfortable home listening experience.~Blair Sanderson, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Masterfull!!!

Every CD that Andre puts out is amazing!!! This one is no exception. If you are a fan of classical music, then you will love this CD. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!!=)

Blah

Rieu, the Yanni of the violin throws out more fluff. Stockhausen this is not so run away now while you can. -Bz

Uplifting!

I love this album! Andre has done it again. Gonna play it lots this 4th of July weekend!

Biography

Born: 1949 in Maastricht, The Netherlands

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Known as "the Waltz King of Europe," Andre Rieu was raised on classical music and began taking fiddling lessons at the age of five. He conducts the Strauss Opera and has recorded public-television specials in the United States as well as musical albums for Polygram. Of the latter, both...
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