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The Fantastic Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra - as seen on TV and 'You Tube'

Updated on May 30, 2015

Andre Rieu - Atlantic City 2007

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The beautiful sound of André Rieu

4th February 2010 ~ the day that I discovered André Rieu and his his Johann Strauss Orchestra. And it was fantastic!

My Mum had mentioned, earlier in the day, a CD, plus DVD, that she had seen advertised on TV a number of times. I hadn't seen the advert and didn't even recognise the name.

A little later, I happened to be watching a daytime Magazine programme, 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show', when Alan said that his special guest would be André Rieu. I was none the wiser; I had never heard of him. But I was intrigued, when he mentioned Rieu's past successes and his Johann Strauss Orchestra ~ which would be filling the studio. I do like Viennese Waltzes.

So I waited, full of anticipation, and it was so worth the wait. The musical medley ~ just a taster ~ was absolutely fantastic. Rieu played the violin ~ a 17th century Stradivarius violin ~ and the orchestra, dressed as for a Viennese Waltz, looked wonderful. History came elegantly to life! It was beautiful and emotional ~ a real treat, which earned them a standing ovation from the audience.

And yes, André Rieu was the man whose CDs my Mum had seen advertised. She has always loved the music of Strauss ~ especially 'The Blue Danube'.

Andre Rieu in Wonderland. DVD - plus bonus CD (2008)
Andre Rieu in Wonderland. DVD - plus bonus CD (2008)

I am guessing that the DVD features the recreation of a 'Wonderland' show that Rieu described in his interview, including the fairy tale castle created by his son, Pierre. That sounds amazing and beautiful and I look forward to seeing it ~ though the music is totally beautiful by itself.

Although the orchestra is named after Johann Strauss, Rieu plays music by many different composers.

Now that I know who André Rieu is, I am going to seek out his work. I know that this will be hugely rewarding.

I am learning that André Rieu is something of a 'pop' sensation in the UK. I hadn't even realised that he had played at 'The Royal Variety Performance' in 2009. How could I have missed this talent?!

Rieu has an official website and there are also fan websites.

There are many examples of André Rieu's work on YouTube, so you can listen for yourself ~ I particularly like Ravel's 'Bolero' and Strauss's 'Blue Danube'.ressed with Rieu's work!

'Andre Rieu In Wonderland'

Edit: 11th April, 2010

I wrote this original piece, after watching Rieu and his orchestra, on 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show', on 4th February 2010.

His appearance on the show was so well received that he was invited back, on 1st April. On both occasions he was presented with awards.

I have now added video links to four examples of Rieu's talent - all from 'YouTube'. I understand that the first is from that very Alan Titchmarsh Show, where I found myself so impressed with Rieu's work!

Tricia Mason

Andre Rieu 'Forever Vienna' (Deluxe) [CD+DVD]

Andre Rieu Music - Lots of Choice!

'Andre Rieu: My Music, My Life' by Marjorie Rieu

This biography, of Andre Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu, tells the amazing story of this extremely popular Dutch musician.

André Rieu's father was the conductor of the 'Maastricht Symphony Orchestra', so it is not at all surprising that young Rieu's interest in music was noticeable from a very yearly age. He started to learn the violin at the tender age of five and his studies continued at Liège's 'Conservatoire Royal', Maastricht's 'Conservatorium' and Brussels Music Academy.His instrument is a 1667 Stradivarius violin

Rieu created, first, 'The Maastricht Salon Orchestra' and, in 1987, 'The Johann Strauss Orchestra'. His talent and personality, together with the engaging musical style of both himself and his orchestra, have contributed to a renaissance in waltz music.

Although Rieu and his orcherstra play Strauss waltzes, they do not confine themselves to those, alone ~ nor, indeed, to just the waltzes of other composers. The orchestra plays various styles of music and has been accompanied by a number of guest singers and musicians.

Andre Rieu Music - Yet More Choice!

'Andre Rieu and His Johann Strauss Orchestra' on 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show' - 4th Feb 2010

André Rieu at the Royal Variety Performance 2009

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      Tricia Mason 4 years ago from The English Midlands

      I have noticed that Andre Rieu is on TV every evening lately.

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      Lieteromeiro-Taubaté-SP.Brasil 4 years ago

      Para mim que gosto de musicas clássicas, Andre Rieu é completo; não só pela interpretação de todos os instrumentos como na alegria, vista nos sorrisos em seus rostos, que ele leva a todos uma alegria imensa. Todos que os assistem curtem fazendo suas alegorias através do que escutam. Seria bom que sua orquestra sempre se apresentasse para nós, o que faço é vê-lo através da internet. Ele é simplesmente maravilhoso.

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      Tricia Mason 5 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello itakins :)

      Thank you for reading and commenting. :)

      Yes, I have to agree with you. Rieu is a great entertainer, who is bringing classical music back to a wider audience.

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      itakins 5 years ago from Irl

      Thrilled to find this hub-I love Andre Rieu's music ,he's a wonderful show-man and brilliant musician....I could never tire of listening to this orchestra.Thanks so much.

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Joyce

      Yes, he is!

      I've just bought two more of his albums ~ plus DVD. There was a night of his Maastricht 'home' concerts on TV, recently, some of which I watched with my Mum. Brilliant!

      Thanks for commenting! :)

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      joyce mitchell 6 years ago

      could listen to andre and his orchestra all day

      he is marvellous

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Truly spectacular, Ethel!

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      The music is definitely awesome and the performances spectacular

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      He certainly seems to be very popular. I think that it is because he and his orchestra seem to really enjoy the music ~ and that is infectious :)

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      Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

      Andre is seen here on channel 25 quite often. He is absolutely fabulous...

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello AnnCee :)

      Well, I think that he draws people in with his enthusiastic personality, but, as far as actually playing the music is concerned, I think that he is simply a good musician ~ so I cannot see how he ruins the music.

      Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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      AnnCee 6 years ago from United States

      Okay, I'm a fan of all your other topics, but this is where we part company!! Andre Rieu is an egotist who RUINS perfectly wonderful music. Nails on a blackboard. :(

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Cindy,

      I agree ~ and he is able to draw in his audience as he plays :)

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      Cindy2011 6 years ago from Canada's West Coast

      I understand your impression of Andre Rieu. When he plays the violin he is one with it. The sound just melts into the air. He is a wonderful musician, who has made his mark in the world of music.

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello Shirley. :)

      You are absolutely right! I think that this was Rieu's ambition ~ and he has succeeded!

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      Shirley Owen 6 years ago

      hOW REFRESHING TO SEE AN AUDIENCE OF SMILING FACES.

      aNDRE REIU & HIS MUSICIANS HAVE THE ABILITY TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER, FORGET THEIR DIFFERENCES & SMILE.

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi epigramman

      Yes, I agree, bringing good classical music to everyone has got to be a good thing :)

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      epigramman 7 years ago

      ..yes and he makes Strauss sexy!!!

      ..my mum loved him and she's over the Blue Danube if you know what I mean ......

      ..and yes he's a showman like Liberace - both I admire both these men and that make classical music accessible to the masses and what's wrong with that - the Three Tenors did it - and don't worry about JJ up above - he's got no 'musical heart' ....

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello JJ. Everyone is entitled to an opinion ~ I respect yours but I cannot agree with it, I'm afraid.

      I think that Rieu presents classical music in such a way as to make it accessible and enjoyable to new audiences.

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      JJ 7 years ago

      I found him to be a no talent HAM. King of the Schmaltz. How can people fall for this guy? I'm not a music snob by far, but did this guy invent the violin?

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hello mwatkins :)

      Thank you for the comment.

      Yes, I am very pleased to have discovered Rieu. I bought his DVD and CD for my Mum for Mothers Day.

      I have just been editing this hub, so it has changed a little in the past minutes.

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      mwatkins 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      I love Andre Rieu! He is so talented! I must have seen all of his TV specials and listened to all the CD's out for him - Thank you for writing a hub about him! You are never "too late" to learn about Andre Rieu! Aren't you glad you DID!

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      Tricia Mason 7 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Peggy :)

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, I'm certainly pleased to have discovered him! Better late than never, as they say.

      I just bought his album and DVD for my Mum for Mothers Day. She thinks that he is wonderful.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Andre Rieu is a wonderful talent. We have seen quite a few of his performances televised and each and every one is most enjoyable. Happy for you that you discovered him. Enjoy!