André Rieu Live in New York
After the successful concert in Radio City Music Hall in New York, it was inevitable: the new CD from André Rieu and his orchestra is, naturally enough: ‘André Rieu, New York Memories!’ ‘New York Memories’ allows André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra to be heard in a new way. It is incredible how versatile this talented violinist and his orchestra are. In New York, after all a city where people are used to quite a lot, they managed to turn the entire Radio City Music Hall on its head in a very short time with their repertoire. The melodies André Rieu and his orchestra played there have now been brought together on this fantastic new CD: ANDRÉ RIEU, NEW YORK MEMORIES. André Rieu has created a unique mix of the high points of American and European romantic music. Besides the well-known tunes from films and musicals, he also plays the world-famous hit by Frank Sinatra ‘My Way’ and the fabulous ‘Music of the Night’ from The Phantom, both as wonderful violin soloist, as well as the moving ‘Nuns’ Chorus’ by Johann Strauss and the fiery Italian song that is so popular in New York, ‘Torna a Surriento’. Alongside André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, this CD brings together the Platinum Tenors and the sopranos Suzan Erens, Carla Maffioletti and Celine Saleh. Suzan Erens sings, more impressively than ever, ‘Don’t cry for me, Argentina’ and, together with Carla Maffioletti, the moving ‘Pie Jesu’ by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Other highlights of the CD will doubtless include ‘I will follow him’ from the musical ‘Sister Act’, ‘Amigos para siempre’, the stirring waltz from the film ‘The Godfather’ and, entirely unexpectedly, the superhit ‘A whiter shade of pale’, daring but wonderful as a violin solo accompanied by a Hammond organ.