World renowned Andre Rieu was in Singapore this month, and also simply in situation you missed the 2.5-hrs of grandiosity, here’s an overview of what went down: blingbling-mmm-LOL-kaboombshhhlinglingling

First, the blingbling: Andre Rieu’s shows aren’t simply about the music. He renders certain it is such a splendid spectacle so that everyone, also the musically-illiteprice, have the right to have actually a magical night. Andre Rieu is to classic music what Walt Disney is to film.

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Everypoint was all pretty and shimmery and also insanely enthusiastic. The collection itself looked like a venue in Disneyland, complete through an outstanding backdrop screening of miscellaneous magnificent landscapes to enhance each item. At precisely 20:00 (kudos for punctuality), Andre Rieu led his orchestra into the hall in a lively march; everyone dressed favor they just gained teleported from Disneyland also. Pastel coloured frilly full-skirted sphere gowns, and equally exaggerated grins to complement. And I suspect the second criteria on Rieu’s hiring pre-requisites is having good looks and over-zealous facial expressions.


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He then clintends Strauss to be KING OF THE WORLD, which I discovered to be hilarious, bereason the child-choose idolaattempt Rieu has of Strauss is so endearing. More LOLs include his did-he-actually-just-say-that comment, “Made in China” as soon as referring to a typically malfunctioning wind-up musical doll (played by Brazilian soloist, Carla Maffioletti).

The second half was a large improvement in regards to entertainment. Tright here was a lot more to see. 80% of the show was around Rieu’s hyper-mobile eyebrows, the cheeky shenanigans from the trumpeters, and also the pretty chdental girls lined up at the earlier of the orchestra. The acoustics were still hopelessly revolting. That’s not to say the music wasn’t great though. The vocals were exceptionally superior and also even at times very emotional, which I need to admit is a large feat considering the travesty of a sound device.


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And thanktotally the finale kaboombshhhlinglingling was a pleasant one, in the develop of the extraordinarily awesome string of encores. The longest collection of encores I have ever encountered, in my entire life, in the entire world. I think the encore list itself was longer than the planned routine for the second half… But I can’t be certain because I was too high to remember. Somewhere along the method tright here was even a bagpipe-led rendition of the most beautiful Amazing Grace I’ve ever heard live. I was glad I remained till the finish despite the earlier assault on my ears. Andre Rieu is an exquisite showman, a people-pleaser. A darn great one at that.

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Balloons, wine, familiar tunes, dancing in the aisles, … This was a truly magical night despite the really awful venue, which technically is no fault of Rieu’s. At the finish of the night we all learn something from him, that music is MAGIC! That it has the ability to carry everyone together in a beautiful, picture-perfect utopic human being immune to the ravages of time. Think “It’s a Small World” a la Disneyland also.

Special many thanks to Universal Music Singapore for their sort hospitality!

SETLIST

1. Seventy-Six Trombones – M.Wilson, arr. A.Rieu

2. Dark Eyes – A.Ferraris, arr. A.Rieu

3. Second Waltz – D.Shostakovich, arr. A.Rieu

4. Granada – A.Lara, arr. A.Rieu

5. Ach, ich hab’ in meinem Herzen – N.Schultze, arr. A.Rieu

6. This Land Is Mine (Exodus song) – E.Gold, arr. A.Rieu

7. Schneewalzer – Th.Koschat, arr. A.Rieu

8. Les oiseaux dans la charmille/Olympia – J.Offenbach, arr. A.Rieu

9. Burung Kakak Tua – Local song, arr. A.Rieu

10. You’ll Never before Walk Alone – R.Rodgers, arr. A.Rieu

INTERMISSION

11. Gold und Silber – F.Lehar, arr. A.Rieu

12. Memory – A.L.Webber, arr. A.Rieu

13. Adios Nonino – A.Piazolla, arr. A.Rieu

14. Libertango – A.Piazolla, arr. A.Rieu

15. Non ti scordar di me – E. de Curtis, arr. A. Rieu

16. Nessun Dorma – G. Puccini, arr. A. Rieu

17. An der schonen blauen Donau – J.Strauss, arr. A.Rieu

18. O Fortuna – C.Orff, arr. A.Rieu

SOLOISTS

Carlos Buono, Argentina – (Bandoneon)

Carla Maffioletti, Brazil – (Olympia)

Mirusia Louwerse, Australia – (Memory)

The Platin Tenors – Gary Bennett, Thomas Greuel, Béla Mavrák (Granada; Ach, ich hab in meinem Herzen; This Land is Mine; Non ti scordar di me; Nessunlight dorma)