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Feb 7, 2013

Rieu With The World's Biggest On The Vrijthof


RIEU WITH THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ON THE VRIJTHOF
Big artists also coming to the studio

Maastricht-by Peter van de Berg: For his yearly Vrijthof concerts, André Rieu will be working together with several world stars. The Maastricht violinist will release a new CD in the autumn of 2014: "André Rieu and Friends". For this CD he will be recording songs with artists of international fame.

Jermain Jackson is the first one in line of the persons with big names, who landed in Maastricht in order to rehearse and record. Currently negotiations are underway with artist’s managements of those who are interested: Lionel Richie, Barry Gibb, Sting and Chris de Burgh. It is the intensions that all artists perform at this year’s Vrijthof concerts – of which there are currently six scheduled, with an option of a few more will be performing. "Every evening a different one and we will not disclose in advance who will perform the following evening. That will be the surprise for the audience" Rieu explained. After thirty years of just waltzes it is time for something else, according to the orchestra leader. But that is not an indication that he will depart from his familiar concept. Up until now he has presented every year at his concerts a "surprise act". Some of the guests entertaining the public were Vicky Leandro, Rowwen Hèze, Ziesjoem, Heino, Father Abraham (Pierre Kartner) and DJ Ötzi. And the recording of a new album is definite news. "I am very hopeful that we are really able to bring all these artists to Maastricht. They are of course coming these next few months to the studio to record."
Orchestra leader in the meantime is recording a new album 
Rieu signed a contract with television station "SKY" and "ZDF" about the airing rights. He will be producing ten episodes for SKY, at which one of the artists will appear in each episode. "So, we will still need a few more "friends." Yesterday morning, during an interview, Rieu even mentioned the "Josti Band", the Dutch orchestra with musicians with intellectual disabilities. "SKY would definitely like that."

Rieu finds his project quite exiting. "I am already looking forward to it." The artists invited by him will not be singing their own repertoire: it is likely that he will record new numbers with them, which will be presented at the Vrijthof.
Thanks to John for this and Translating it for us

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, great article!! I believe Andre listened to the fans. He says: "it is time for something else"... Wonderful!!
Ineke.

Anonymous said...

What IS that on Jermaine JAckson's head, I always wonder when I see him. Is it shoepolish :?
Love, Keessie.

Anonymous said...

This project sounds very interesting, and I would like to see the Josti Band. Music is so important for people in all situations in life. Fall of 2014 seems like a long time for the CD- maybe it should be fall of 2013? Or is it because of the logistics of assembling all of these artists? Anyway thanks for this interesting info-
Jennifer D.
(getting ready for a blizzard here)

http://quiltsbagsgardens.blogspot.com/ said...

You are right, Ineke. Something new and different! I wonder who will be there Saturday.....? A surprise. Thank you John and Sue.

Kathy

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe Sting will work together with Rieu, to be honest. Is this confirmed or just something Andre wants? The other ones I have no trouble believing. At all :D
Good luck! Would be great to see Sting in Maastricht!

Regards,
Charlie Ling

Marc Bourret said...

Music from the past is wonderful but it is magical and very special when diverse artists come together and explore/create new dimensions of music for the world.

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