André Rieu - Music of the Night

Abba is the name of the game for the King of the Waltz's new release. Album of the Week, 11 November 2013.

If you thought Andre Rieu was merely a purveyor of Viennese waltz music, then his new album Music of the Night may make you think again, as the King of the Waltz sets out to prove that his repertoire runs the full gamut from Sibelius to, yes, Abba.

There is a common thread - or maybe mood - to this collection. Rieu says he set out to capture the atmosphere of a beautiful, still evening. This he does with the trusty help of his Johann Strauss Orchestra playing such standards as The Beatles' Yesterday; One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story; On My Own from Les Misérables; and the much anticipated Abba cover versions - including Mamma Mia, The Winner Takes It All, I Have A Dream and Thank You For The Music.

Rieu says Abba's music always gives you a happy feeling and, as the world prepares itself for next year's 40th anniversary of the Swedish super group, this could be the perfect album to keep you buoyant through the dark winter evenings.