Forever Vienna

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 600753282373
  • Catalog Number: 001443902
  • Sales rank: 49,126

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carnival of Venice (4:35)
  2. 2 Cielito Lindo (2:24)
  3. 3 Dancing Through the Skies (3:15)
  4. 4 Danube Love Medley - André Rieu's Johann Strauss Orchestra (3:53)
  5. 5 On Holiday (2:09)
  6. 6 The Second Waltz (3:41)
  7. 7 Strauss Party (3:23)
  8. 8 Viennese Blood (7:18)
  9. 9 Vilja Song (5:36)
  10. 10 Wine, Women and Song (6:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
André Rieu Primary Artist, Violin
Johann Strauss Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Franz Lehár Composer, Original Material
Jacques Offenbach Original Material
Dmitry Shostakovich Composer
Johann Strauss II Composer, Original Material
Franz von Suppe Original Material
Giuseppe Verdi Original Material
Emile Waldteufel Original Material
Iosif Ivanovici Composer, Original Material
Gioachino Rossini Original Material
André Rieu Arranger, Composer
Johann Strauss I Composer, Original Material
Josef Strauss Composer
Juventino Rosas Original Material
Quirino Mendoza Cortes Composer
Jo Huijts Arrangement Collaboration
Hans Fritz Beckmann Original Material
Quirino Mendoza y Cortez Composer
Friedrich Schroder Composer, Original Material
Viktor Léon Composer
Hermann Dostal Composer, Original Material
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