‘Wiener Festwalzer’, was the wish of the nineteen-year-old (now Sir) Anthony Hopkins when he composed a waltz. Now over forty years later, his wish has come true. André Rieu has arranged his piece successfully and the world première of ‘Wiener Festwalzer’ has taken place! In addition to this fantastic waltz, the album contains other waltzes by your beloved André himself. The waltz exists in every corner of the world. The Viennese waltzes are of course famous, but how about this melancholy waltz from Finland ‘Valse Triste’, the French ‘La petite Valse’? And a fabulous piece composed by André himself is the waltz ‘Dreaming of New Zealand’ – a homage to that country. As well as the breathtaking scenery, André was inspired by the New Zealanders, with their spontaneity and attitude of ‘life goes on’. This album includes two versions: one instrumental, and one sung by Hayley Westenra. We hope you enjoy listening… and waltzing!