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Celebrating 70 years of the biggest classical musician in the world New album 'Happy Days Deluxe CD+DVD' features 20 of the world's most famous celebratory songs Alongside the new album a special DVD including exclusive behind the scenes footage and of course a lot of music!
The legendary André Rieu will celebrate his milestone 70th birthday in 2019 with a brand new album Happy Days, full of fittingly celebrational classics from the course of his remarkable career.
Fans can look forward to joyful hits like Eviva España, Paloma Blanca, Mexico, and title-track Happy Days Are Here Again, as well as celebrations of romance such as the world famous SecondWaltz, which marked André Rieu’s breakthrough in 1994.
Happy Days is also an homage to Vienna, the city that played the most important role in Rieu’s career. The King of Waltz will take you back to the Golden Age of Operetta with beautiful waltzes, lively polkas and jauntily can cans from The White Horse Inn, The Merry Widow, The Gypsy Princess or Countess Maritza – an unforgettable journey back in time to a world of amusement, champagne and love.
On his new album and celebrating his 70th birthday with his fans, André Rieu says: “I believe that the real art is to give every single audience-member, although I play for over half a million people in a year, the feeling that I play only for them alone. This album is cheerful, festive, and humorous, but at the same time very romantic. With this record I hope to pass on my joy of life that I feel daily to everybody in the whole world. I heartily invite you to celebrate love and life with me.”
Through an incredible life with unparalleled achievement, the world-renowned violinist Rieu is the biggest Classical Music artist in the world right now. With over 40 million records sold worldwide, and selling over 600,000 tickets each year – not to mention becoming the biggest cinema music concert event of all time – it’s no wonder he has been dubbed ‘the maestro of the masses’ by the New York Times.
Happy Days - André Rieu’s personal celebration to life.
Dear fans, It has long been a dream of mine to perform a Christmas concert in my hometown. And that dream came true! I created my very own Winter Palace in Maastricht and filled it with the most glorious festive music. I’m so happy that I can share all these wonderful songs with you! And just for you here is an exclusive look behind the scenes. I wish everyone a very Jolly Holiday! Love André
A Winter Palace complete with golden chandeliers from Venice, over 50 fir trees, two ice rinks and a Christmas market - all in my hometown of Maastricht! The perfect setting for my Christmas concert. In this DVD I take you behind the scenes to show you how I created this winter wonderland including rehearsals with the Golden Voices of Gospel and my fantastic ice skaters. Jolly holidays everybody! Love, André
On ‘Shall We Dance’, Andre's fans are invited to allow themselves to get carried away in the romance of the most amazing waltzes, such as The Blue Danube, tunes from the operettas The White Horse Inn and The Csardas Princess, the Sportpalastwalzer (‘Sports Palace Waltz’), Strauss & Co and - of course - the famous Second Waltz, more beautiful than ever with 300 dancers waltzing in gorgeous dresses over the Vrijthof square.
‘Shall We Dance’ also has well-known favourites, such as the Italian Volare and Funiculi, Funicula, the majestic Concierto de Aranjuez, Beethoven's Ode to Joy and the emotional hymn of The Platin Tenors for the Notre-Dame in Paris with the beautiful aria Au fonddu temple saint (The Pearl Fishers' Duet) from the opera The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet. Admire the fantastic voices of world-famous sopranos with performances of On My Own from Les Misérables, Ebben Ne Andro Lontana from the opera La Wally or Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen. Lose yourself in the romance of The Lonely Shepherd, enjoy the instrumental ‘competition’ between the members of the orchestra in the virtuosic song CircusRenz, dance to Tutti-Frutti and Marina.
The DVD also marks André Rieu’s hundredth concert on the Vrijthof, with a very special and emotional awards ceremony by the Mayor of Maastricht for André Rieu, the most popular resident of the city.
Shall we dance:
Seventy Six Trombones
Au fond du temple Saint (from 'Les pecheurs de perles')/ The Pearl Fisher's Duet
Concerto de Aranjuez
Circus Renz, ARV_09
Sportpalastwalzer (Wiener Praterleben) / The Wiener Praterleben Waltz
Im Weißen Rössl
Csárdásfürstin Medley_ARV_10 / The Gypsy Princess, ARV_10