La vie est belle

Album Summary

>André Rieu / Jean-Philippe Rieu : La vie est belle
>Lehár, Franz : The Land of Smiles
>Raymond, Fred : Maske in Blau, operetta
>Rieu, André : Danube Love Medley, for violin & pops orchestra
>Maasland, Arie : Ole Guapa
>Traditional, Russian : Kalinka (Little Snowfall), folk song
>Wayne, Mabel : Ramona
>Kálmán, Imre : Die Csárdásfürstin
>Traditional, Russian : Stenka Razin, folk song
>Kálmán, Imre : Gräfin Maritza
>Jarre, Maurice : Lara's Theme (from the film Dr. Zhivago)
>Churchill, Frank : Work(s)
>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
>Traditional, Polish : Poliushko Polie
>Rieu, André : Glenn Miller Medley, for salon orchestra
>Rieu, André : The Andre Sisters, medley
>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel includes: Andre Rieu (arranger, violin); Jo Huijts (arranger, piano); Ward Vlaseveld (arranger, synthesizer); Leon V. Wijk (accordion);

Andre Rieu & His Orchestra; The Andre Rieu Choir; The Andre Sisters; Trio St. Petersburg; The Coriovallum Pipeband.

Recorded at Andre Rieu Studios, Maastricht, Netherlands.

A vibrant, compelling, and riveting work. Filled with romantic elements, this enchanting collection of melodies led by violinist Andre Rieu is remarkable in musical and orchestral scope. Charming melodies are caressed by the lush harmonies of the orchestra behind Rieu, including violas, cellos, oboes, flutes, and trombones. Recorded as a project under Mercury Records, Philips Recording Group, and Sin-Drome Records, the music engages the listening audience, bringing together the highest degree of classical textures with a touch of jazz and Latin influences. Take for example the marching, percussive, and lively tune "Juliska From Budapest." Here one finds feelings of heartbreaking romance, love for one's country, and the grand tempest of the great march. "Danube Love" strikes up feelings of being on the great Danube River, traveling on one's adventurous journeys. An uplifting blend of harpsichord organs and lush orchestral colors makes "Ole Guapa" a favorite. "Ramona" is filled with tears of joy, powerful senses of happiness and endearment, and best of all, helping oneself reminisce of glad days of yore. The delightful theme "Snowwhite" brings back childhood memories, and the music is filled with the brightness of bells and chimes, and a joyous melody. "Amazing Grace" is set in an Irish, Scottish-like atmosphere, with a pinch of the American South. This recording is destined to be a classic. The material, ranging from the percussive fury of "Boléro" to the charm of Glen Miller, is a genuine celebration to behold. Listeners who truly feel the power and emotional resonance of this dynamic music will not miss being moved in every deep fiber of their souls. Don't forget the spirit of Glen Miller's "St. Louis Blues" and a special guest appearance by the spectacular Andre Sisters and their smash hit, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." ~ Shawn M. Haney



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Works Details

>André Rieu / Jean-Philippe Rieu : La vie est belle
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : The Land of Smiles :: You
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Raymond, Fred : Maske in Blau, operetta :: Juliska From Budapest (Juliska aus Budapest)
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>André Rieu (1949 - ) : Danube Love Medley, for violin & pops orchestra
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Maasland, Arie : Olé Guapa
  • Performers: Leon Wijk (Accordion); The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Russian : Kalinka (Little Snowfall), folk song
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.

>Wayne, Mabel : Ramona
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Emmerich Kálmán (1882 - 1953) : Die Csárdásfürstin :: Heia In The Mountains (Heia, heia, in den Bergen)
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Notes: Composition written: 1915.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1915

>Traditional, Russian : Stenka Razin, folk song
  • Performers: The Orchestra; Serguei Eilsseev (Domra); Serguei Elisseev; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: after 1671

>Emmerich Kálmán (1882 - 1953) : Gräfin Maritza :: I Want To Dream Of You, My Darling
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Notes: Composition written: 1924.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924

>Jarre, Maurice : Lara's Theme (from the film Dr. Zhivago)
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Trio
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Churchill, Frank : Work(s) :: Snow White
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Newton, John : Amazing Grace
  • Performers: The Orchestra; Coriovallum Band; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Ensemble: Coriovallum Pipe Band
  • Notes: Composition written: 1779.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Traditional, Polish : Poliushko Polie
  • Performers: The Orchestra; The Andre Rieu Choir; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.

>André Rieu (1949 - ) : Glenn Miller Medley, for salon orchestra
  • Performers: The Orchestra; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>André Rieu (1949 - ) : The André Sisters, medley
  • Performers: Renate Dirix (Bassoon); The Orchestra; Manoe Konings (Clarinet); André Sisters; Lin Jong (Violin); André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ravel, Maurice : Boléro :: Unspecified excerpt
  • Performers: The Orchestra; The Andre Rieu Choir; André Rieu (Violin)
  • Conductor: André Rieu
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928