An­dre Rieu: Home for Christ­mas

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 9pm, Stu­dio We started the free-to-air page last week with the jazzy and really rather swell re­turn to Van­cou­ver of Michael Bu­ble in Michael Bu­ble: Home for the Hol­i­days. So it seems only fair to give Dutch vi­o­lin­ist An­dre Rieu some oxy­gen this week. The first thing you hear is his sweet vi­o­lin lead­ing an en­chant­ing or­ches­tral ar­range­ment of Silent Night. The cam­era lingers out­side in the snow, tak­ing in the walls and sweep of the Rieu pile be­fore we close in on a warm-look­ing win­dow. And look, there in the win­dow, it’s Rieu in his con­cert suit and tie, pre­tend­ing to ca­su­ally dec­o­rate a tree. He then moves about the house re­ar­rang­ing Christ­mas or­na­ments as the mu­sic con­tin­ues. At one stage he bends over the man­tel­piece and his silly tie droops per­ilously close to a roar­ing fire. Sud­denly I could hear Rik and Vyvyan-style scream­ing from The Young Ones (see above), but of course that was just the TV ed­i­tor’s Christ­mas psy­chosis. Trust me, a lit­tle bit of in­sane com­edy would really help. In re­al­ity Rieu doesn’t even singe his tie, and he lives on to give an en­tire con­cert in his back­yard with that iron­ing-board-flat ex­pres­sion he wears at all times. Thank­fully the mu­sic is ut­terly gor­geous. con­veys a world of ideas and feel­ings with sub­lime fa­cial ex­pres­sions and body lan­guage, as an an­thro­po­mor­phic dog, which means he is en­dowed with hu­man char­ac­ter­is­tics. While the pair’s ad­ven­tures are suit­able for chil­dren, the stun­ning stop­mo­tion clay­ma­tion and clever di­a­logue will sat­isfy grown-ups as well.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.