André Rieu releases new album and embarks on a major UK tour in December 2018

23 November 2018, 06:00 | Updated: 23 November 2018, 06:01

The King of the Waltz’s new album will contain some of the world’s most romantic melodies, including ‘Strangers in the Night’ and ‘By the Beautiful Blue Danube’.

André Rieu’s new album Romantic Moments II will be released on 7 December.

The Dutch violinist and conductor has also announced he will be embarking on a major UK and Ireland arena tour this December, with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. The tour will begin in Belfast on 6 December – tickets are on sale here.

Romantic Moments II features ballads, hits from blockbuster movies and beautiful melodies including ‘Strangers in the Night’, 'Sunrise, Sunset', ‘The Way Old Friends Do’ and ‘Red Roses for a Blue Lady’.

The album will also include traditional songs like ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘El cóndor pasa’, beloved waltzes including ‘By the Beautiful Blue Danube’ as well as music from Fiddler on the Roof and The Sound of Music. Pre-order your copy of Romantic Moments II here.

Semper Opera Ball 2018
Semper Opera Ball 2018. Picture: Getty

André Rieu says: “Romance has played a very big part in my life ever since I was a child. I started playing the violin at the age of five. My mother chose it for me and she was right. For me the violin is the most romantic instrument in the world.”

Next year, André will present a brand-new concert, recorded at Sydney’s Town Hall in Australia, which will be screened in cinemas on Saturday 5 January and Sunday 6 January 2019. The concert will be hosted by Classic FM presenter Charlotte Hawkins find out all the times and dates here.

Today also marks the release of the new DVD A Summer Night with André Rieu.

Romantic Moments II
Romantic Moments II. Picture: André Rieu

Romantic Moments II – CD Tracklisting:

1. Around the World
2. Sunrise Sunset (from Fiddler on the Roof)
3. Strangers in the Night
4. Sail Along Silvry Moon
5. Evening Prayer (from Fiddler on the Roof)
6. Gern hab ich die Frau’n geküsst – Paganini
7. Dorfschwalben aus Österreich
8. Du schwarzer Zigeuner
9. Morning Hymn (from The Sound of Music)
10. Red Roses for a Blue Lady
11. El cóndor pasa
12. Träumerei ('Dreaming')
13. The Way Old Friends Do
14. Viljalied
15. An der schönen blauen Donau
16. Amazing Grace

6 December 2018 – The SSE Arena, Belfast
7 December 2018 – 3Arena, Dublin
8 December 2018 – 3Arena, Dublin
12 December 2018 – The SSE Arena Wembley, London
13 December 2018 – Arena Birmingham
14 December 2018 – Echo Arena, Liverpool
15 December 2018 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
20 December 2018 – Manchester Arena
21 December 2018 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
22 December – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Find tickets here.