André Rieu to release “Under The Stars – Live In Maastricht V” on April 23rd, 2012

[blockquote]André Rieu’s new Live DVD/Blu-ray “Under The Stars – Live In Maastricht V” is set for release on April 23rd, 2012. On the new DVD André Rieu will be backed by his Johann Strauss Orchestra with guest appearences of the multi-Grammy award winning Soweto Gospel Choir, The Harlem Gospel Choir and actor/composer Sir Anthony Hopkins.[/blockquote]

Once again André Rieu transformed the Vrijthof square in his hometown Maastricht into a grand, romantic open-air concert hall with room for about ten thousand people for his traditional summer evening concerts.

A special vibe
“We play all over the world, but it’s always special for me to come back to my hometown Maastricht. My orchestra and I are performing on the most beautiful square of the Netherlands, for all our friends, family and with my grandchildren in the public. It gives us and the concert a special vibe – I think you can certainly see and feel that when you watch the DVD.” André Rieu.

The DVD contains a colourful concert with over two-hours of beautiful melodies, Rieu’s sopranos Mirusia Louwerse and Kimmy Skota, the Platin tenors and several guest artists in a romantic summer evening setting.

One of the stunning spectacles of the night is soprano soloist Mirusia Louwerse performing Mary Poppins’ “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and flying through the air, high above the wonder-struck audience.

Sir Anthony Hopkins
Oscar-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins and his wife flew in a private jet to Maastricht to attend the concerts. The Hollywood-based star is a great admirer of André Rieu and wrote a piece called “And The Waltz Goes On” specially with Rieu in mind. André Rieu recorded it earlier in 2011 and performed it in Maastricht for the first time for such a large crowd. “I thought: This is extraordinary. I’m sitting here – this little boy from South Wales. I can’t believe I wrote this!” says Sir Hopkins. “André Rieu is such a great musician. And I think his love for music transmits itself to thousands of people.”

“Under The Stars” contains 24 tracks and guest appearances by the South African Soweto Gospel Choir, The Harlem Gospel Choir, the St. Petersburg trio and local act ‘Ziesjoem’. “Under The Stars” will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 23rd, 2012.

Full Tracklist André Rieu – Under The Stars
01 Seventy-Six Trombones
02 Blaze Away
03 La Danza
04 Nessun Dorma
05 Amen (ARV_11)
06 I Will Follow Him (ARV_11)
07 Oh Happy Day (ARV_11)
08 Pie Jesu (ARV_11)
09 Lara’s Theme
10 Poliushko Polie
11 Kalinka (ARV_11)
12 Vilja Song
13 And The Waltz Goes On
14 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
15 Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
16 Boléro
17 Radetzky March
18 Strauss & Co.
19 Zorba’s Dance (Sirtaki)
20 Zjuulke Zeuthout
21 Maastricht Anthem (ARV_09)
22 Maastricht, City of Jolly People
23 O When The Saints (ARV_11)
24 Adieu, Little Captain Of My Heart