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."
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AllMusic Review by Shawn M. Haney
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