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Nov 18, 2017

André Rieu: With Discipline and Love To Success


André Rieu: With Discipline and Love To Success
In a good mood, star violinist André Rieu joined NDR Plus reporter Karsten Sekund for an interview.

He looks great sitting there with NDR Plus reporter Karsten Sekund: a red jacket, curly hair, athletic figure - orchestra leader and waltz king André Rieu is already 68 years old. "When you are in the 60's, not everything works by itself anymore," he says during the interview." Now a days I have to pay more attention to what I eat and that I get enough exercise." One, two kilos less might be more to Rieu's liking, but his fans - mostly female - love the musician exactly as he is. He simply explains this adoration as: "My music is made for the heart, for romance and love."


An album for a romantic evening

In general André Rieu is very important to the topic of "love". It is the thread that runs through his 30-year career. "Amore" is also the name of his new album, which was released on November 17th. It has become a collection of beloved popular tunes which Rieu presents in his very own style. The musical spectrum ranges from Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World" to Edvard Grieg's "Morgenstimmung" to the tender sounds of "Love Me Tender." An album made for a romantic evening.

André Rieu in front of his orchestra

The master is in front of his orchestra: Around 110 people belong to his team, with whom André Rieu will go on tour again in January. But before that, André Rieu enjoys being with his family during the Christmas holidays, before going on tour in January together with his 110-strong team. Christmas at home is sacred to him, he says. He is not concerned with the lavish foods and huge fuss, but to simply have peace and time with his loved ones, and not having to think about anything else. "I've already been offered so much money to perform at Christmas, but that's out of the question for me," says Rieu. Even on New Year's Eve, nothing is happening with him." At some point you have to relax."

"My team is like a well-oiled machine"

It's easy to imagine that it's no picnic going on a big concert tour. Performing in a different city every night, changing hotel rooms every night, long journeys, and to always give everything for the show, can only work if you have people you can rely on. "My team is like a well-oiled machine," the Waltz-King praises about his orchestra, the technicians and all those behind the scenes who ensure that everything runs smoothly. But that only works because he has the gift to be able to form a team. "I have a vision, a dream in my head and I can implement that without making detours about others," explains Rieu about his recipe for success. Dutchman André Rieu explains what happens when there is no boss with a clear vision with an example of the Dutch national soccer team, which once again did not qualify for the World Cup: "They are all soloists and they think of themselves as being too important, and so no functioning team can emerge."

With his own, perfectly functioning team, the successful violinist will again come to northern Germany and will play next to the obligatory waltz classics also the titles of his new album.


Photo: Orchestra boss André Rieu (r.) With NDR Reporter Karsten Sekund © NDR Photographer: Marie von Baumbach
Thank You to John for the Translaton!

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