MUSIC: THE NEW WALTZ KING

ANDRE RIEU IS CLASSICAL MUSIC'S SURPRISE SUPERSTAR

The no. 2 CD on the Billboard classical chart last week was The Vienna I Love (Philips), a collection of waltzes, marches and snippets from familiar operas, performed by Andre Rieu, a Dutch violinist who looks a bit like Mel Gibson. At No. 8 was Rieu's From Holland with Love. Poised just below the chart was his newest release, Strauss Gala. This impressive lineup has made Rieu, at least for the moment, one of the hottest acts in classical music--rivaling Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, even David Helfgott, whose recording of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto returned to the top spot, ending the...

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