The program starts with a clip of Andre playing the “Second Waltz” for a sell-out
crowd in Amsterdam’s AJAX stadium---during the intermission of the world cup
soccer game between Ajax and Bayern-Muenchen. (Ajax won)
About 60.000 soccer fans (now also Andre fans) are waving banners and flags,
swaying with the music and singing along.
Narrator: The topper of tonight’s show is the immense popular violinist-Andre Rieu.
The Limburger sold in one year's time more than 740.000 CD’s, titled “Strauss and
Co” an absolute Dutch record. In April of this year he even had a chance to play
for a sold-out audience in Amsterdam’s soccer stadium. The uncrowned “King of
the Waltz” played during half-time of the match between AJAX (Amsterdam’s soccer team) and Bayern-Muenchen
(Bavaria-Munich) his absolute single success “The Second Waltz”.
----Next, while the Radetzky March is played, a white bus drives along a
Narrator: Andre Rieu is the leader of his own “Johann Strauss Orchestra”. All
over the Netherlands, the enthusiastic public is enjoying his waltzes. That was
not the case a year ago. This company is now in such high demand, that they are
daily on the road to a new venue. The atmosphere between the musicians is
pleasant and they pass the time by playing card games while on the bus.
Andre: “It’s a tradition here that when you loose a card game, you have to crawl
on the floor from the back of the bus all the way to the front and back again”.
(Andre makes a gesture as to indicate they are crazy.) Ruud is crawling from the
back of the bus to the front, where he falls into the stairwell saying: “Is this far
(At the next scene, Andre and the JSO are now somewhere outside sitting at a picnic table)
Narrator: A couple of times per day Andre makes contact with his home. –Andre is on a cell phone and mentions to
give the dog new straw so as to end his case of diarrhea-----
Narrator: Every one in Andre’s organization has received a cell phone from him so that they all can be reached at
any time, day or night. While up north in Friesland (One of the provinces of the Netherlands) they take the
opportunity during a break to call home
.--Next we see Andre and Willibrod standing outside conducting the interview. (Willibrod’s method of interviewing is
known to at times be very arrogant and rude)
Willibrod: “What is most important to be successful?”
Andre: “That you have fun with it”.
Willibrod: “To enjoy it?”
Andre: “Correct, most important”.
Willibrod: “And to be able to play the violin very well, or is that secondary?”
Andre: “Yes—no, of course, that too. And to have the brains to figure it all out, to organize, to lead the orchestra”.
Willibrod: “Does Mr. Rieu have brains?”
Andre: “I think so—for this I sure do”.
Willibrod: “And for other things you don’t?”
Andre: “Yeah, well, who doesn’t? Do you have all the brains?”
Willibrod: “Yes, quite a few”.
Andre: (He chuckles a bit) “No—but I mean” (as he waves his hands thru the air trying to explain)
Willibrod: “So, what are you deficient in then?”
Andre: “Earlier in school, when I was studying chemistry—that was not for me—no—I would rather look at the
birds—but other than that—yes”
Willibrod: “Are you then a top violinist?”
Andre: “Top violinist?—well—in a certain sense of the word—yes—in certain
Willibrod: “In what aspect?”
Andre: “Oh, yeah,--uh—what is the name of that program again—two cows—
who’s the better violinist? You know, Jaap van Zweden, or you?”
Willibrod: “Which is the better one of the two?”
Andre: “Jaap van Zweden was always good—“
Willibrod: “Who is the best one of these two?” (He keeps interrupting Andre and
they go back and forth with the same questions and answers)
Andre: “No- I said Jaap van Zweden is always—No, I said—that was a dumb question—you can not ask that- it is
like comparing apples with oranges”
Willibrod: “You should answer—who is better, Cruijff (well known Dutch soccer player) or the center forward of
MVV. Who is better, van Zweden or Rieu?”
Andre: “You can’t say that (while Andre removes his microphone and Willibrod starts to walk away from Andre) you
Willibrod: “OK—it’s Rieu”
Andre: “OK, if you say so—I play my music—don’t walk away now—“
Willibrod: “I am listening”
Andre: “It is annoying when I talk to you and you are a mile away”.
Willibrod: “I was waiting for something interesting”.
Andre: (As he continues his conversations about Jaap van Zweden)” He always studied his music faithfully (he
replaces his microphone)and his techniques and while he was doing that, I was playing outside”.
--Andre and several of the JSO members are now inside his hotel suite. Andre sticks his head out of the bedroom
door and asks: ”Would you fellows wake me at seven o’clock?”, to which Marcel Falize replies; “Seven o’clock it
is”. Some one else asks: “Is five before seven OK?” To which Andre replies: “No,
seven on the dot, and not later”
Narrator: Whenever possible, Andre takes a nap so that he is refreshed when he
goes on stage. (After his nap) Andre re enters the room and Willibrod is present
and says: “You seem like an old man, Mr. Rieu, taking a nap just prior to the
evening—just like a senior citizen. To which Andre replies: “I lead a such a irregular
life. We do not get home until 4:30 in the morning, and so there is—something
different almost every evening, so I have to find alternate ways to get my rest.
Willibrod: “So you have no ill effects from that then?
Andre: “No, not at all, on the contrary. Maybe you do, but I don’t (Andre starts to
Willibrod: “Are you vain?
Andre: “Do you always ask such crazy questions. Am I vain? I just want to look my best on
stage. Imagine that I go on stage in dirty old clothes. That does not work. It is all part of the act. It all goes together.
The ladies wear nice dresses. They don’t play in their jeans either. Andre starts brushing his hair, to which Willibrod
replies: “So you want to look real nice, he?
Andre: “Yes exactly”.
Willibrod: “Why the long hair? (As Andre is using hairspray) Oh boy, look here—you seem like a woman”.
Andre: “You have never been around the stage world, have you?
Willibrod: “Did you let your hair grow on purpose, to look better for the ladies?
Andre: “No, I have had it all my life”.
Willibrod: “From the day you were born?
Andre: “Yes, from the time I was born---First came all my hair, and they pulled and pulled—and than I popped out.
(Every one in the room bursts out laughing)
Willibrod goes over to Andre and shakes his hand and says: “Mark one up for you”
(Andre continues dressing while the Second Waltz is being played. He arrives at
the stage in a rowboat, and every one is singing, swaying and humming to the
music of the second waltz. Some people are also taking a dip in what seems to be
a lake where Andre is performing)
Narrator: The visitors had the evening of their life. Comments by the people were,
--fantastic, beautiful, very romantic—really, really very nice—my big love,
Next we find Willibrod walking up to Andre’s house and finds it gated.
Narrator: Andre Rieu lives in a beautiful house next to the Maas (Meuse). Because of his increasing popularity with
the ladies, he has remodeled his house into a real fortress. This way he hopes to keep his pushy fans, who even
hide in the bushes next to his house, at a safe distance. (I heard he once found a woman in his kitchen)
(Willibrod walks up to Andre’s house and finds it gated, he tries to open the gate but to no avail. He turns, finds the
doorbell and rings it, while he says: “What a fort”. Some one answers with a “Hallo” (it sounds like Marjorie) thru the
Willibrod: “Frequin here, for Mr. Rieu—Hallo”. Some one answers thru the speaker phone: “The gate is being
Willibrod: “OH, yes, look here—as he turns around and says: “It is getting fancy here with the Rieu’s” and enters the
gate. He climbs the steps leading to the front door of Andre’s house, and is being met by Andre at the top of the
Andre: “Hallo, who have we here, come on in”.
Willibrod: “Look at all of this---it’s like a fort”.
Andre: “Yes it is”.
Andre: “So I can keep a little privacy”.
Willibrod: “Is this fence made especially to keep the female fans out?” (As he
inspects the rod-iron fence around the front door balcony of Andre’s house)
Andre laughingly: “No, no, just the gate”.
Willibrod: “What other problems do have with fans?”
Andre: “There were a few of them who follow me like they were glued to me
throughout the whole country and all the concerts. And you notice that”.
Willibrod: “In the venue?”
Andre: “No, in the dressing room and so, and than you have----“
Willibrod: “A lady in the dressing room?”
Willibrod: “You were really being followed?”
Andre: “Yeah, exactly”.
Willibrod: “Most artist, as you read in those magazines, think it is fantastic if they can get a female into their dressing
(Willibrod and Andre enter Andre’s house and continue into what looks like an office with a couple people working)
Narrator: Andre’s office is in his house. There are approximately 45 employees in the Rieu Corporation and there
are plans to drastically expand the office.
Andre: “See, here it is”, as they enter the office.
Narrator: Rieu explains how all the compositions that the Strauss Orchestra plays
are being arranged on the computer. That way, the centuries-old pieces get their
own up-to-date time stamp.
Andre: “And when everything is saved in the computer, we can change it the way
we want to, for the 1st operetta, 2nd operetta or whatever”.
Willibrod: “Do you than make the music more commercial than when it was first
Andre: “Now, commercial is such a negative word”.
Willibrod: “No, I mean it in a positive way”.
Andre: “OK, you mean it positive, I see it as—you see Strauss lived in a whole different time period than we do, e.g.
The Kaiser Waltz or the Danube, all his waltzes, he rewrote endless encores and again an entire piece, and than an
ending piece—and than a repeat and than all the way to the beginning again—there were no records, no jukebox,
no television—the entertainment that he performed had to last a long time”.
Willibrod: “You made it shorter”.
Andre: “I made it a bit shorter because we live in a different time”.
(Here we see Andre playing with a dog, a boxer)
Willibrod: “What’s the dog’s name?”
(Andre gets up and follows his dog to the door.)
Andre: “Wait a minute while I close the door, otherwise he’ll run out on the street”.
Narrator: Rieu is crazy about his animals. In his garden he has an aviary and he
thinks that the Japanese nightingale sings the most beautiful of all. (Andre and
Willibrod are now outside next to aviary)
Andre: “The canaries the eh—“
Willibrod: “Can you imitate them?”
Andre: “I can not imitate them—I can not imitate the nightingale”. (as he throws up his arms like being frustrated by
Andre: “Do you want to try it?”
Willibrod says laughingly: “You imitate Strauss so you should be able to imitate him too”.
Andre laughingly: “You can imitate Strauss too. I play Strauss”.
Willibrod: “And which other animals are musical besides the birds?”
Andre: “Which animals! He is very musical” (as he points towards his dog, Xander)
Willibrod: “He plays the flute?”
Andre: ”No, no he listens to music which he thinks is extremely nice. He’ll tell you”.
( Now the “Third Man” theme is being played while pictures of Andre as a youngster are being shown)
Narrator: At the age of 4, Andre is already played the violin. He hails from a very musical family. His father was
director of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra. In 1977 Andre completed his studies at the Conservatory in Brussels.
(Willibrod enters a room where Andre is practicing on his violin, playing scales and other exercises)
Willibrod: “Are you practicing?”
Willibrod: “How often do you do that?”
Andre: “Not often enough”.
Willibrod: “Not enough?”
Willibrod: “If you always play the same music, then you don’t really need to practice”.
Andre: “Oh no, that is not true—you have to practice all the time in order to keep everything right---“.
Willibrod: “SO, how many hours a week do you play?”
Andre: “Play? Or practice?”
Willibrod: “No, practice”.
Andre: “As I just said, way too little. I should study much more, as they all that”. (Andre plays a little tune)
Narrator: Andre explains how he pulls those beautiful notes out of his violin as if by magic.
Andre: “Now this note is like this—and I can make it shorter, and shorter. (As he places his fingers one by one on
the strings) So you can play note—see where I place my finger. And from years of experience I know exactly where
to place my finger.—not here (as he plays a sour note) but here—do you hear the difference? And I can also make
the note vibrate (which he does) and than also (as he plays more aggressive and changes to melancholic) and play
with a lot of feeling.
Willibrod: “And than there are people that say that what Rieu does is not
Andre: “Well, that is their opinion as to what I do. I stand behind everything that
I do and do it to the best of my ability”.
Willibrod asks Andre is it a lower level?
Andre: “No, certainly not—no I can for sure---“.
Willibrod: “Play something nice for me---something that makes me happy”.
Andre: “Something that makes you happy.—let me see—maybe there are other
things that make you happy” (Andre starts to play while Willibrod looks on. In the
meantime the camera has moved outside and is filming Andre playing his violin while standing in front of the window.
Next we move to an indoor tennis court where Andre is playing tennis while Willibrod watches)
Narrator: Every Monday morning is for Andre a sporty beginning. Together with his friend Gil van Leijf, the local
director of the V.V.V. (the Dutch travel and information service) he works up a sweat. A tennis racket is quite different than
a violin bow.
Willibrod: “You play better violin than tennis”.
Andre: “Yeah, would you pick up those balls for me?”
Willibrod: “Why do you address me like that?” (In Dutch there are two ways to address some one with the word “you”.
One is the formal way by saying “U” and the informal way by saying “jij”. In this case Andre used the informal way, hence
Andre: “Sorry, excuse me. Would you (the formal pronunciation) pick up that ball for me?”
Narrator: Especially for “TOPPERS” Andre played the “Volga” song in some of the most beautiful places in
Maastricht. One of the new pieces on his new CD—The Vienna I Love—(Different places throughout Maastricht are
being shown—little children in the grass in a park—water wheels and Andre playing in front of the children in the
Now in Toppers, seven short questions for Andre Rieu. (We now see Andre jogging as Willibrod asks him the
Willibrod: “If you had to do it all over again, how would you do it?”
Andre: “I would do everything exactly the same”.
Willibrod: “What is your life’s motto?”
Willibrod: “What is your worst trademark?”
Andre: Laughing “Laziness”.
Willibrod: “Really? And your best trademark?”
Andre: “My best—I don’t know”.
Willibrod: “What are you sorry for?”
Willibrod: “What did you really want to be as a child when you grew up?”
Andre: “A famous violinist”. (He is being a bit sarcastic here)
Willibrod: “What is your worst nightmare?”
Andre: “That I create a program for a thousand people and the venue is empty”.
Willibrod: “What is the most beautiful time in your life?”
Andre: “When you quit asking me these annoying questions so that I can run”. (As he sprints away)
Every place where Andre enters everyone starts to sing his big hit very spontaneously. (Which of course is the
The tour continues to the church of “Our dear Lady”(A very old Catholic church in Maastricht)
Andre: “I think my theatrical skills stem from the church. Because if you see how it all works, the priests, the
incense, the sun, the beautiful music, and all---and that as a young child is quite impressive to you”.
Willibrod: “And this is where you got your inspiration?”
Andre: “I think it had a lot to do with it. The feeling for the theater—how to present it—you understand?”
Willibrod: “I don’t think that the pastor will like it when you say that you found the theater in the church”.
Andre: “O, but the pastor knows that already. That whole theater thing stems from the church. It started here”.
Willibrod: “Are you religious?”
Willibrod: “Do you believe in God?”
Andre: “No, I believe in the man—the goodness of man”.
Willibrod: “But man is not so good anymore”.
Andre: “I think he is—I think he is”.
Willibrod: “Look at all the misery that has been created”.
Andre: “But I think things are getting better—really”.
Willibrod: “Really? Yes”. (As they enter a restaurant) Is this where will eat?
Andre: “Yes, --hallo (as he greets the restaurant personnel)
Narrator: Rieu’s favorite restaurant ends the tour. Here the famous violinist tells Willibrod that up to a year ago he
could not picture himself in this position.
Andre: “What I do now with the Strauss Orchestra, I have been doing that for the last eight years. But every year
from the very beginning, because I want to stay busy, I went to Hilversum with all my stuff and suitcases and would
ask: “Hey, would you cut a record for me?”
Willibrod: “And they did not want you there?”
Andre: “Well, yes—but those guys are extremely busy. They would say that some older violinist from Maastricht
showed up saying that he played nice Viennese music, and they would say: “What are we going to do with
something like that?”
Willibrod: “For years on end you’ve been trying to sell your music”.
Andre: “Yeah, but in the meantime I did cut some records and such, but not exactly what I wanted. I said –No-I want
this on TV for at least an hour—they laughed—one hour on TV—that’s not possible”.
Willibrod: “Wasn’t it frustrating than when you did not hear what you wanted to hear?”
Andre: “Yes it was, but it was really exciting when it did happen. That was quite satisfying”.
Willibrod: “But prior to the satisfaction it was disappointing”.
Andre: “Yes—but not any more.
(Scene returns to AJAX stadium, August 1995, where Andre is playing a medley of his waltzes)
Narrator: During the soccer match between AJAX and Bayern-Munich, the board of governors of the German team
was watched and listened to Andre play during half time in the middle of this Olympic stadium. The club invited him
to play for Franz Beckenbauer’s 50th birthday in Munich. (Beckenbauer was Germany’s #1 soccer player for a long time)
Like a real super star Andre flies to Munich. (In a small twin-engine aircraft along with Willibrod) In the airplane
Andre gets a chance to sleep a little. He is totally in the clouds and dreams to get every one in the world to start
Willibrod: “You are busy trying to capture the whole world—that is your goal”.
Andre: “My goal, yes, I think. I would like to perform for as many people as possible. And now it is beginning to be
possible. I read a letter from someone in America yesterday, who somehow had gotten a hold of one of my records—
the accolades were unbelievable—I can understand how in Europe they find you so fantastic—that has to happen
here too. But it that does not happen on its own”.
Willibrod: “Rieu around the world”.
Andre: “That sounds nice”. (They exit the airplane as the “William Tell Overture” is being played)
Narrator: The airplane lands 25 minutes late in Munich and it appears that Andre might be late for his performance.
Andre is forced to change his clothing inside a small bus and a waiting limo on the way to this very important
As Andre enters the main stadium of Bayern-Munich, he arrives just in time to watch Beckenbauer score a goal.
Many famous soccer players such as Platine, Roger Miller from Cameroon and Kevin Keaghan were present to help
celebrate the 50th birthday of the Kaiser. Even the pearl of Mozambique, Euzebio, was present. Andre is also
known in Belgium. Even Jean-Michel Pfaff knows of him, as he tells Willibrod: “The best singer I know”.
Willibrod: “The best singer?”
Willibrod: “And do you think that he can play the violin a bit too, or is that a
Jean-Michel: “No, it is not a disappointment. You have to respect the people in what
they do best”.
Jeroen Meesken (Another Dutch soccer player): “I have heard and read in the
newspapers that he is an excellent violinist and I am happy that he is Dutch”.
Narrator: The well-known British soccer player Bobbie Charleston asks Andre to
play something for him. (And Andre starts to play the Second Waltz)
Andre asks him; “Do you know this?” To which Bobbie shakes his head. Andre
says: “You will”.
Narrator: During half-time Andre performs flawlessly for the German public.
Announcer: Very well done, and thank you very much, Andre Rieu.
Narrator: Afterwards Frans Beckenbauer thanks Andre personally with a warm handshake.
Andre: “Is this THE stadium for Bavaria-Munich?”
Willibrod: “Yes, yes”.
Willibrod: “Quite a famous stadium and also a sorrowful stadium for us”.
Willibrod: “You don’t know why?”
Willibrod: “In 1974 there was a match here between Germany and the Netherlands”.
Andre: “Oh, yes, that was the one we lost at the last moment. Yeah, yeah”.
Willibrod: “Didn’t you watch that match?”
Andre: “Yes I did, I watched it. I thought it was real bad. I had heard that some one
threw his TV out of his window. Yes, yes, really”.
Willibrod: “Do you like soccer?”
Andre: “Oh, well, yes, every now and then. World cup matches I always watch. The regular leagues I don’t. Don’t
have time for that”.
Willibrod: “Who is the center forward for the Dutch team then?’
Andre: “OH--wait a second—let me think—center forward—is that the one that plays in the center—the one who
starts the game?”
Willibrod: “Yes, something like that”.
Andre: “Rijkers—I don’t know”.
Willibrod: “You don’t know s___t about soccer”.
Andre: “That’s right. Like I said, I only watch every so often”.
Willibrod: “I won’t ask any more questions”.
Andre: “At least not about soccer”
Narrator: Once more we return to the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam where Andre experienced an unbelievable
success. (They show another clip of the second waltz at the Amsterdam stadium with 60.000 very enthusiastic
(The scene changes to the cemetery of the St. Peters church located behind Andre’s house. Andre and Willibrod
are strolling thru the cemetery)
Narrator: At the cemetery close to his house is a place where Andre can realize his success.
Andre: “I come here often, (as he stops at one of the grave and replaces a piece from the gravestone that has come
loose) this is a pity, he was an old colleague of mine”.
Willibrod: “So you come here often?”
Andre: “Yes, I walk thru here quite frequently”.
Willibrod: “Close to you house”.
Andre: “Yes, close to my house, and it has a serene atmosphere”.
Willibrod: “A cemetery in your back yard”.
Willibrod: “Are you enjoying your large success? You know that fame is fleeting. Aren’t you afraid that one day it will
come to an end, say in the next few years?”
Andre: “Now, the pinnacle of fleeting, you see that here, but I, ah, I think it will continue for some time. At least I’ll do
the best I can”.
Willibrod: “So, you think your success will continue?”
Andre: “I hope so—yes” (as they continue their stroll)
Willibrod: “Are you afraid of death?”
Andre: “No, no, not at all. I see the relativity in everything and, ah, no I am not afraid of it. Of course I hope that it will
be a long way off”.
(We now are entering into a room where Andre is waiting)
Narrator: The widow of the famed violinist Bauer Mueller has agreed to let Andre try out a Stradivarius. This
instrument is every violinists dream. Andre is allowed to test this treasure, valued at more than one million guilders,
before he decides to buy this 260 year old violin.
Andre: “Is everything original? Varnish, everything?”
Mrs. Mueller: “Yes, everything”.
Andre: “From which year?”
Mrs. Mueller: “1723”.
Andre: “23” (he start playing this violin and becomes quite emotional) (We know this is not the Stradivarius he bought, there
was a problem with it's history)
Willibrod: “So, you have something in that violin case for 1.2 million guilders”.
(it shows two violins)
Andre: “Yes, you made it a million, but, yes, it is a lot of money”.
Willibrod: “Shall I carry them for you?”
Andre: “No, thanks. I can do that myself—first we cover them with a small
blanket—and than we’ll take them with us”.
Willibrod: “You should hire a couple of bodyguards”.
Andre: “Yes, I am going to do that”.
Narrator: In the recording studio of Wisselook in Hilversum where stars like
Mike Jagger and Elton John have made recordings, Andre’s career really got
started here. This is where his record company is located. To promote his new
CD in the best possible way, a sum of million guilders has been set aside and earmarked. What is the secret of
Willibrod is interviewing Jan Corduwener, director of the recording company.
Willibrod: “Where do you place the emphasis to make Rieu so successful?”
Jan Corduwener: “Andre’s charisma—I think that that was absolutely the most
important—his appeal—people say: “What a nice individual, an ideal
Narrator: Andre likes to stay on top of things. He has his fingers into
everything. Even the picture for the cover of his new CD that a photographer
making for him.
(We see Andre in a studio being photographed in different poses)
Willibrod asks the photographer: “If you had to describe Rieu as a friend, how
would you do that?”
Photographer: “He is a business man—a professional, conceited but he knows
exactly what he wants”.
Willibrod: “Is he a nice fellow?”
Photographer: “Very nice”.
Narrator: In Kerkrade Andre and his orchestra are rehearsing the recordings of his new CD “The Vienna I Love”
which will be in the stores tomorrow. Willibrod is noticeable enjoying the music. He is unable to contain himself at
the end of the music to the enjoyment of the maestro.
Willibrod applauds heartily and says: “Absolutely fantastic—come here”.
Andre: “ What was that? (Clearly very annoyed he turn around to see where the applause is coming from) Oh, oh,
who was that idiot that was applauding at the end”. (As he walks over to Willibrod) and says: “We were recording—
Narrator: Afterwards Andre enters the sound trailer to see and discuss with the producer, Ruud Jacobs, if all went
well. (We hear the skater waltz being played and Andre mimics ice skating.
Willibrod to Andre: “When all these people hire you, do you enjoy all the popularity?”
Andre: “I sure do, it is fun”.
Willibrod: “The immense popularity?”
Andre: “Yes, it is a lot of fun”.
Willibrod: “In the past was it different with your popularity?”
Andre: “Yes, of course. I have been in show business for years—“
Willibrod: “Wasn’t that frustrating then?”
Andre: “Not at all”.
Willibrod: “Is it different if you play for just a few people?”
Andre: “Now, just a few---it was always full, you know— just the popularity has changed”.
Willibrod: “Do you like it now that you are so well known?”
Willibrod: “You do?”
Andre: “It is fun, can’t you see that? Hey—“. (As he waves to the crowd)
(Andre unlocks the honeymoon cottage and the groom carries the bride across the threshold. Andre enters the room
and opens the doors to a box bed, and says to the couple:” See, here you will spend your wedding night, and I wish
you a very happy marriage with lots of children and lots of music, of course”. (As he toasts the couple)
Willibrod: “Mr. Rieu, may I ask you, are you happily married?”
Andre: “Yes I am, but not in such a nice honeymoon cottage or box bed”.
Willibrod: “How long have you been married?”
Andre: “Twenty years”.
Willibrod: “And still happy?”
Andre: “Yes, very happy” (as he turns to the couple as says: “I hope you will be very happy too”)
Willibrod: “But doesn’t your marriage suffer because you are always on the road?”
Willibrod: “How can you keep your marriage together?”
Andre: “We do the best we can—we do our best and hope it works”.
Willibrod: “What is more important to you —the career or your marriage? An honest answer please”.
Andre: “The career is of course important, but my marriage is more important”.
Willibrod: “But if you continue to make more music and increase in your success, your marriage will probably suffer
even more and at a certain point you’d have to make a choice---Which way would you choose?”
Andre: “For my marriage of course”. (He said this without any hesitation)
Andre: “Yes, for sure”.
Willibrod: “You are not that ambitious, than?”.
Andre: “Oh yes, I am very ambitious but I hope we can do it—that it can go together”.
Narrator: His success is unprecedented and he performs all over. The fans are pushing their way into the venue,
just like here in Arnhem. It is a sold out event and everyone wants the best seat so that they can watch their big idol,
Andre Rieu, perform from as close as possible. (Every one rushes to the best seats available as Andre and the JSO
play the “Second Waltz”. His fans are swaying and singing along) the swaying mass of people is thoroughly
enjoying his performance and can not get enough of it.
Willibord to Andre at the end of the concert: “Isn’t this a miracle what just happened? A year and a half ago you
were barely known and now you are super famous”.
Andre: “No, I don’t think so, I had this in my concerts prior to being televised”.
Willibrod: “But it is still a miracle”.
Andre: “Well, yes, it is a continuation of the olden days” but on a bigger scale.
Willibrod: “( A dream?)
Andre: “Yes, it is very nice”.
Willibrod: “Oh boy, you sure did it”.
Andre: “Yeah, nice”.
Willibrod: “Not than? How is the taste of your enormous success?”
Andre: “Very good---nice and warm”.
|Interview with Willibrod
Aired on the TV program TOPPERS in 1995.
Translation John deJong/Sonja
Ruud, Frank Marc and Roger
Ruud lost the game!
Check the ring around his neck!
That is indeed Frederic Jenniges
in the background. He traveled
with Andre for a few years.
This shirt really belongs in our
Andre's color sense page, but it
was 1995, so I will let it slide.
Mark one up for you.
Andre: “yeah, well I would rather play and
practice my violin”.
Willibrod: “You are a unique individual.
Female fans—finally he is popular and
than he chases them out of his dressing
Andre: “Who knows, maybe there might
be a few I do want in my dressing room,
but I will decide that”.
(he is clearly embarrassed when he says this.)
We now see Andre and Willibrod strolling thru
the terraces at the Vrijthof. Andre greets the
people with a “Hoi” and says to Willibrod:
“Here we are when they get to the Vogelstruys”.
Narrator: The Vrijthof for Maastricht is THE
cozy place to be. Andre takes Willibrod to visit
several cafés. Because of his many friends and
the central location of the in Europe, Andre
wants to live here forever.
Life of a super-star, not always easy!!!
Willibrod: “It sounds very good”.
Andre: “Yes, it is magnificent. It brings
tears to your eyes”.
Willibrod: “Do you really mean that?”
Andre: “Don’t you? Can’t you hear it?”
Willibrod: “You are quite excited”.
Andre: “That’s right. I am---to be able to
play such an instrument is for me quite
Andre: “Yes, but of course”.
Next we see Andre
accompanying a wedding
couple in a horse drawn
Narrator: For the opening
of a honeymoon cottage,
Andre is happy to take
time off to assist in this
event, and of course to the
delight of this newly wed
I do not think he does this anymore, I think I will try next time I go to a concert. Classical music groupies!!! I am so jealous.