Searching For The Most Beautiful Emotions
In The Editing Room
André Rieu records his concerts with twenty-seven television cameras. Thirteen of them are aimed at the Orchestra and fourteen of them permanently on his public. They are continually searching for the most emotional and romantic moments within the audience. A laugh, a tear ... Facial expressions are very important.
"You can create emotions," explains Rieu. "It takes days to view all those recordings, but it is quite fun to do. My wife Marjorie and I always slide together when we create a DVD and I have the best movie editor in the world." Since he also is a musician, he knows exactly when to cut the image. The recordings of an album can be quite costly. "Most orchestras record their instruments separately. We never do that. The entire orchestra gets together to record a piece in one setting. It is more expensive, but the sound is so much nicer."
Keyboard specialist Ward Vlasveld plays an important role in that. He is one of the veterans of The Johann Strauss Orchestra and sits in the studio's control room behind the mixing panel.
Translation by John