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- Plenty of your audiences don’t take heed to classical music or opera commonly. How does it really feel to have made it extra accessible to the lots?
- You’ve been the world’s most profitable male touring artist and your excursions have outsold Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé. That should really feel good…
- How a lot have you ever missed performing together with your orchestra this yr?
- You usually have annual live shows in your hometown of Maastricht in the summertime and at Christmas…
- You’ve launched a stay recording of final yr’s Christmas live performance, although.
- You’ve additionally recorded a retrospective of your Maastricht live shows over the previous 15 years. How was it going by way of them and choosing one of the best bits?
- It’s going to be much more emotional when you possibly can lastly carry out once more…
- It should be good to have a little bit of a relaxation, although. Don’t you usually journey on a regular basis?
- Do you continue to have aspirations so far as your profession is worried?
The violinist is spreading Christmas cheer with a stay recording of final yr’s live performance (Image: David Fisher/ REX)
Well-liked Dutch violinist Andre Rieu, 71, on his excursions outselling Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé, and why his music is nice in your well being.
Plenty of your audiences don’t take heed to classical music or opera commonly. How does it really feel to have made it extra accessible to the lots?
I’m very happy with that. My father was a conductor of classical music, I come from classical music and what I at all times hated was that feeling there’s within the classical world, that behaviour that you just don’t belong to us, that is our world of classical music, please go dwelling.
Due to this fact I like to play not in live performance halls however in a sq. or huge arenas.
You’ve been the world’s most profitable male touring artist and your excursions have outsold Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé. That should really feel good…
Sure, I’m happy with that. It exhibits that individuals are prepared to take heed to classical music.
Have a look at all the films – they at all times use classical music and I’ve made it attainable for folks to come back to a live performance and luxuriate in it. I’m standing there taking part in my violin with my face to the viewers.
André’s bought extra tickets for his excursions than Beyoncé (Image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
How a lot have you ever missed performing together with your orchestra this yr?
It’s a tough time for an entrepreneur as a result of I’m not solely a musician, I’m additionally the boss of 136 folks – six on my payroll. I at all times say I’m like the daddy of my working household and on this case I’m often because I’ve to care for them.
All of them have their households, properties, automobiles and mortgages, so fortunately our authorities helps paying a few of their salaries.
You usually have annual live shows in your hometown of Maastricht in the summertime and at Christmas…
For me, that’s probably the most horrible factor. Final yr the lights and all the pieces have been arrange within the sq. and whenever you go there now it’s empty.
So it’s actually unhappy and likewise for all of the folks round Maastricht, they earn some huge cash due to these live shows and the ambiance of town is magnificent. Folks come from everywhere in the world.
You’ve launched a stay recording of final yr’s Christmas live performance, although.
Christmas is my favorite time of the yr and with this album I need to take folks on a wonderful musical journey to winter wonderland – right into a fairy-tale citadel, the world of Santa Claus, the magic of Christmas, and the sweetness and romance of the season.
It has been a dream of mine for a very long time to provide Christmas live shows in my hometown and in 2019 that dream got here true. The CD and DVD captures the incredible ambiance of the live shows.
You’ve additionally recorded a retrospective of your Maastricht live shows over the previous 15 years. How was it going by way of them and choosing one of the best bits?
My spouse Marjorie and I labored on making a compilation in our studio and it was very arduous to decide on as a result of all of the years have been lovely.
There have been numerous tears in our eyes watching the faces of the folks within the viewers and seeing how blissful they have been. Dwell live shows and stay music are so extremely vital.
Once you see what my music does to folks and the emails and the letters folks write to me… they are saying, ‘André, I used to be in your live performance and I wanted two weeks to come back all the way down to earth once more.’ That may be a huge praise.
Rieu is among the best classical musicians of a technology (Image: Eric Verhoeven/Soccrates/Getty Photos)
It’s going to be much more emotional when you possibly can lastly carry out once more…
Oh, don’t let me take into consideration that as a result of the second we’re in a position to carry out once more I believe I’m going to cry for the entire live performance! It’s a really arduous time.
Though I’ve been doing numerous baking throughout lockdown, behind my head is that this terrible state of affairs that we can’t play all over the world.
It should be good to have a little bit of a relaxation, although. Don’t you usually journey on a regular basis?
The final live performance we did earlier than lockdown was on March 13 in Tampa, Florida, and we needed to come again shortly. Then I used to be baking each afternoon and I by no means baked earlier than, by no means!
One among my sons lives 50 metres from my dwelling along with his two kids and every single day at 4pm there was grandfather with an enormous cake! We’ve seen one another far more than regular. I’ve had some beautiful conversations on the road that we’d by no means usually have when time is working and everyone seems to be working. It’s not all unhealthy.
Do you continue to have aspirations so far as your profession is worried?
Oh sure. I’m going to stay to be 140 so I’m going to tour one other 70 years! It’s actually true, imagine me. Touring with my orchestra and making music is crucial factor in my life and seeing all these blissful folks. It’s vital for our well being too.
Everyone could be very properly rested and the second we’re allowed, we’ll bounce on stage and all have 100,000 per cent of vitality. I can’t wait.
Rieu’s new CD/DVD Jolly Vacation is out now. Magical Maastricht will stream on André’s web site from December 19 to January 3. Tickets at andrerieu.com.