Global superstar violinist and classical phenomenon, André Rieu, is receiving huge acclaim for his brand new album ‘Amore’ – released by Decca on November 24, ahead of his UK arena tour from December 8 to 23, which also takes in the Glasgow Hydro venue.
The recording, which is filled with some of the world’s greatest love songs performed in Rieu’s unique style, also comes with a bonus DVD of one of his dazzling live shows – a full-length concert performance, over two hours long. Among the tracks on the new album are heartwarming versions of ‘Love Me Tender’, ‘The Impossible Dream’ (from Man of La Mancha), ‘Ballad For Adeline’ and ‘What a Wonderful World’, which was first recorded by Louis Armstrong 50 years ago. Meanwhile, the bonus DVD features a live performance of ‘The Blue Danube’ – Rieu’s signature piece – which is marking its 150th anniversary this year, and would be the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.
An undeniable romantic himself, Rieu fell in love with his teenage sweetheart Marjorie and they’ve been happily married for over 40 years. What’s more, 13 couples have found themselves in Rieu’s team – his big ‘Johann Strauss Family’ – proving that work and love can be balanced perfectly well if you are surrounded by this romantic music every day!
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Johann Strauss Orchestra – the world’s biggest private orchestra. When Rieu first began performing with them there were only a handful of musicians, now there are 60 players who tour the world with Rieu, performing up to 100 shows each year.
A musical phenomenon, André Rieu is unlike anything else in the entertainment world. Along with his Johann Strauss Orchestra, Rieu has created a global revival in waltz music with his spectacular extravaganzas.
He has sold over 35 million discs, nearly 500 Platinum Awards and is in fact the biggest solo male touring artist in the world – more successful, in ticket sales, than Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and AC/DC.
His onstage charisma and rock-star demeanour make Rieu’s shows the only classical concerts where people literally jump to their feet and dance in the aisles. His record-breaking cinema broadcasts regularly surpass blockbuster films – his hometown concerts were the highest grossing cinema event of 2015 and 2016, taking over £1million pounds in one night (beating Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Take That).