André Rieu and the musicians exuded passion and fervour on stage.
André Rieu in Concert | 4.5/5
André Rieu and his Johannes Strauss Orchestra
offered a memorable night for all
That was how it was at the concert by violinist/conductor Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra. Held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Wednesday, the concert was attended by people from different walks of life, all anticipating a memorable night. Honestly, I was dreading a long night. The show was two hours and 45 minutes long, but it turned out to be the exact opposite — I didn’t want it to end.
Accompanied by his orchestra, Rieu played classic songs like The Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II and Memory from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats on his Stradivarius violin, exuding passion and fervour.
“Apparently, there is a healing power in music; nothing goes as deep into your souls as music. I hope that I can go on making music together with my orchestra the rest of my life,” said Rieu. Too true.
I was thoroughly engaged throughout the performance. My personal favourite was the act by Brazilian soloist Carla Maffioletti, who gave an impressive and hilarious performance, while dressed as a doll. Other opera singers included Mirusia Lowerse and The Platin Tenors. Their voices were all marvellous and gave me goosebumps.
It was no surprise that the performance received a standing ovation. The only problem I had with the concert was the location. The Singapore Indoor Stadium doesn’t quite offer the right ambience — it could have been a lot better if it was held at a different theatre perhaps — and the acoustics and sound quality could have been more solid.
Apart from that, André Rieu and his orchestra were a brilliant sight to behold.