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Dutch violinist and orchestra leader André Rieu has become a worldwide phenomenon, drawing huge audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his themed pops concerts. In the U.S. he is particularly associated with the fundraisers of the Public Broadcasting System television network, while in Europe he tends to give large concerts, indoor or outdoor, at celebrated venues. Rieu started out as a latter-day Waltz King and developed a strong rapport with audiences who would often sing along with familiar tunes. The large spectacles have removed some of the intimacy from Rieu's shows, but his marketing machine is efficient; this Greatest Hits collection is one of an evolving set packaged with details of Rieu's upcoming concert tours. The selections are, according to the packaging, chosen by fans; it's not clear exactly who and where those fans are, but the picks are reasonable. All are highlights of recent Rieu albums covering movie themes (At the Movies), opera (Tuscany), or more abstract themes (Dreaming); the Homecoming album was an extravaganza recorded in Rieu's home base of Maastricht. That release showed Rieu's way of captivating a live audience, something that's lost with the potpourri approach; like Rieu or not, most will admit that his programs pack a punch and build toward an effective conclusion. This is essentially a Rieu sampler, something that may be useful both for total newcomers to his work and to confirmed fans. It pertains to the recent work that has made him famous; other albums designated as Rieu collections may be drawn on his earlier releases. James Manheim, All Music Guide
Record label: Savoy jazz,Fontana
Musical Artist: Andre rieu
Software Format: CD
Street Date: March 3, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 244-07-0772
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