La Vie Est Belle (Life Is Beautiful)

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All Music Guide - Shawn M. Haney
A vibrant, compelling, and riveting work. Filled with romantic elements, this enchanting collection of melodies led by violinist Andre Rieu is remarkable in musical and orchestral scope. Charming melodies are caressed by the lush harmonies of the orchestra behind Rieu, including violas, cellos, oboes, flutes, and trombones. Recorded as a project under Mercury Records, Philips Recording Group, and Sin-Drome Records, the music engages the listening audience, bringing together the highest degree of classical textures with a touch of jazz and Latin influences. Take for example the marching, percussive, and lively tune "Juliska From Budapest." Here one finds feelings of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Shawn M. Haney
A vibrant, compelling, and riveting work. Filled with romantic elements, this enchanting collection of melodies led by violinist Andre Rieu is remarkable in musical and orchestral scope. Charming melodies are caressed by the lush harmonies of the orchestra behind Rieu, including violas, cellos, oboes, flutes, and trombones. Recorded as a project under Mercury Records, Philips Recording Group, and Sin-Drome Records, the music engages the listening audience, bringing together the highest degree of classical textures with a touch of jazz and Latin influences. Take for example the marching, percussive, and lively tune "Juliska From Budapest." Here one finds feelings of heartbreaking romance, love for one's country, and the grand tempest of the great march. "Danube Love" strikes up feelings of being on the great Danube River, traveling on one's adventurous journeys. An uplifting blend of harpsichord organs and lush orchestral colors makes "Ole Guapa" a favorite. "Ramona" is filled with tears of joy, powerful senses of happiness and endearment, and best of all, helping oneself reminisce of glad days of yore. The delightful theme "Snowwhite" brings back childhood memories, and the music is filled with the brightness of bells and chimes, and a joyous melody. "Amazing Grace" is set in an Irish, Scottish-like atmosphere, with a pinch of the American South. This recording is destined to be a classic. The material, ranging from the percussive fury of "Boléro" to the charm of Glen Miller, is a genuine celebration to behold. Listeners who truly feel the power and emotional resonance of this dynamic music will not miss being moved in every deep fiber of their souls. Don't forget the spirit of Glen Miller's "St. Louis Blues" and a special guest appearance by the spectacular Andre Sisters and their smash hit, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 731454922722
  • Catalog Number: 549227
  • Sales rank: 106,730

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Vie Est Belle - The Orchestra (3:45)
  2. 2 Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (from "Das - The Orchestra (3:29)
  3. 3 Juliska aus Budapest - The Orchestra (3:11)
  4. 4 Danube Love (after Ivanovici & Lehár), for violin & orchestra - The Orchestra (3:52)
  5. 5 Olé Guapa - Leon van Wijk (3:53)
  6. 6 Kalinka (Little Snowfall), folk song - The Orchestra (2:23)
  7. 7 Ramona - The Orchestra (3:11)
  8. 8 Heia, heia, in den Bergen - The Orchestra (3:40)
  9. 9 Stenka Razin, folk song - The Orchestra (3:31)
  10. 10 I Want to Dream of You, My Darling - The Orchestra (3:24)
  11. 11 Lara's Theme - St. Petersburg Trio (3:26)
  12. 12 Medley of "Heigh-Ho" & "Someday My Prince Will Come" - The Orchestra (3:12)
  13. 13 Amazing Grace - The Orchestra (2:47)
  14. 14 Poliushko Polie - The Orchestra (3:52)
  15. 15 Glenn Miller Medley - The Orchestra (2:39)
  16. 16 The André Sisters, medley - The Orchestra (3:40)
  17. 17 Abridged - The Orchestra (6:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
André Rieu Primary Artist, Conductor
René Henket Trumpet
Lin Jong Violin, Group Member
Jan Baruschke Violin
Mireille Brepols Percussion, Kettle Drums
Joëlle Tonnaer Cello
Ad Triepels Percussion, Kettle Drums
Chaja VanCollem Harp
André Rieu Choir Choir, Chorus
Arthur Cordewener English Horn, Oboe
Tanja Derwahl Cello
Stéphanie Detry Violin
Roger Diederen Trumpet
Marc Doomen Horn
Marcel Falize Percussion, Kettle Drums
Jet Gelens Violin
Ruud Merx Trombone
Renate Dirix Bassoon, Saxophone, Group Member
Freya Cremers Violin
Monica Das Violin
Jo Huijts Piano
Diana Morsinkhof Violin
Cord Peters Violin
Klaartje Polman Viola
Manoe Konings Clarinet, Saxophone, Group Member
Hanneke Kuepers Cello
Roland Lafosse Double Bass
Teun Ramaekers Flute
Jean Sassen Double Bass
André Sisters Group
Serguei Elisseev Domra, Group Member
Mirja Heemcke Violin
Martijntje Hermans Viola
Frédéric Jenniges Zither
Victor Levtchouk Balalaika, Group Member
Karin Louis Cello
Coriovallum Pipe Band Track Performer
The Orchestra Track Performer
Rebecca Smit Violin
St. Petersburg Trio Ensemble
Margriet van Lexmond Cello
Ivan Piskoun Bajan
Leon van Wijk Trombone, Accordion
Ward Vlasveld Synthesizer
André Rieu Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Frank Steijns Violin
Technical Credits
Janfred Arendsen Engineer
John Newton Composer
André Rieu Arranger, Producer
Traditional Composer
Matthias Heitmann Cover Photo
Manfred Baer Art Direction
Rob Essers Digital Editing
Ward Vlasveld Digital Editing
Jan-Fred Arendsen Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    As beatiful as the name!

    The CD is as beautiful as its name. I have never been disapointed with Rieu.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Andre Rieu CD

    Love the CD. So many enjoyable songs on this track.
    I love "Bolero." I love the Greek music also-makes you want to dance!
    So glad I finally found it at Barnes & Noble.

    Thank You!
    Sikki :-)

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