Review of 'André Rieu's 2016 Maastricht Concert '

André Rieu

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This was a broadcast of the André Rieu, “the king of waltz”, and his “Johann Strauss Orchestra”'s 2016 Maastricht Concert broadcast to many cinemas around the world. The interval included a tour of the backstage by Rieu's son which really added to the appreciation of the event. The concert took place, as it does traditionally, in the town square of Maastricht in Amsterdam - The home of the Maastricht treaty that founded the European Union. It is this theme of unity that occurs frequently throughout Rieu's concerts here. A celebration of being united together in music and culture. His light-handed approach to the vigor of classic music brings it to a very appreciative audience though there is no compromise on quality and he plays what the crowd wants to hear.

This was an amazing performance by André Rieu and his orchestra playing the old favourites but also a number of pieces this year from British musicals. At several times during the performance Rieu made reference to the recent EU referendum in the UK including at the beginning an announcement directed to the English in the crowd: “Welcome to Europe!” It is this sense of fun and humour that was throughout the entire concert. The orchestra shows an obvious love for what they do and often go over the top in their antics - Passing a bottle of alcohol around, dancing, making fun of other members of the group, etc.

A particular highlight of this performance was where a number of couples from local dancing schools filled the aisles of the square as they demonstrated the waltz to the crowd (I found it interesting to see a number of people doing very well in their wheelchairs). There were also a number of guest performers including Lou Bega who performed his smash hit “Mambo Number 5” which was quite unexpected but, again, a lot of fun that the crowd really seemed to appreciate.

The sound and performance here were really good with the nuances of the music clearly coming across.

All in all, a true to form performance from the king for lovers of light classical and waltz music or for anyone wanting to put their hair down a bit and enjoy a bit of fun. It might not be to everyone's taste but I liked it.

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Review Date: 2016-07-24



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