On the Beautiful Blue Danube

On the Beautiful Blue Danube

by André Rieu


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On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Waltz king André Rieu has expanded his musical horizons on recent releases, whether with the intimate classics of Romantic Moments or the globetrotting songs on Fiesta. But here he gets back to basics with a program of 12 evergreen favorites from the brothers Strauss. There are Viennese polkas, marches, and -- needless to say -- waltzes. Plenty of those, in fact, including some very familiar ones: "Tales from the Vienna Woods," the "Emperor Waltz," or "On the Beautiful Blue Danube," which properly begins this program. "At the Hunt" comes complete with musket fire, and while the follow-up "Radetzky March" has no gunpowder to help it along, it can't fail to get your toes a-tapping. The "Cacucha Gallop," which was the dance craze of its day, is quite a wild ride, and the stirring "Tristch-Tratsch Polka" rounds out the program in a whiz-bang rendition. Rieu's Johann Strauss Orchestra may lack the polish of the Vienna Philharmonic -- but no matter: There's plenty of sparkle and spirit to go around, and with the violinist at the helm, the occasional foible seems merely an atmospheric touch. Rieu is a self-styled audience pleaser, and On the Beautiful Blue Danube, with a delightful program of familiar classics, is made to do just that.

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Release Date: 10/23/2001
Label: Koch Int'l Classics
UPC: 0099923753421
catalogNumber: 7534

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