Snarl, thank you for posting this, it was mezmerizing. I for one did not know Sir Anthony Hopkins wrote a waltz and what a beautiful piece of music!
I loved that the audience was shown reacting to the music and not just the camera on the orchestra, although I could watch Andre Rieu lead his
orchestra for hours.
That was pretty fantastic! I also had no idea that Sir Anthony was a composer. It just goes to show how bloody multi-talented he is I suppose. I
cannot see him in a hat like the one he wears in the video, without thinking about Hannibal Lecter though lol!
Oh boy, how to say this? This piece has a lot of little variations in it thanks to the talent of Andre Rieu, but overall it evokes two very strong
images in me , both of which make me identify it with the WW2 era : The first is the eerie pathos of the holocaust images I've seen in so many films
of that genre, and the second is the supposed indifference or ignorance of the rest of the world while this is happening, so dance on and enjoy life.
The two moods contrast in a macabre way, enough to make me recoil. Major and minor perhaps, but I did not enjoy what to me is the pronounced contrast
to be honest.
I feel that as well. The piece has a Hungarian feel to me........ it is beautiful and evocative and more than a bit melancholy. Wonderful.
To my surprise, I found out that Anthony Hopkins composed this piece 50 years ago, when he was 23. On
this link you can see his waltz being performed for the first time, in Vienna. Mr. Hopkins flew in for the performance, and his
reaction to hearing his works is touching.
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