André Rieu – Bésame Mucho

André Rieu - Bésame Mucho

The concerts that André Rieu conducts never seem to disappoint the audience as he always does such an amazing job with his entertaining classical music performances. here’s, in this video, André Rieu with his Johann Strauss Orchestra and singer Laura Engel perform the romantic ballad “Bésame Mucho” live in Maastricht.

“Bésame Mucho” (The title translates as ‘kiss me a lot’) is a Mexican love song written by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez (1916-2005) and first recorded in 1941 by Emilio Tuero and Chela Campos. Velázquez wrote the original Spanish lyrics for this iconic song before her 20th birthday, at the time, she had never kissed anyone. 

It is one of the most famous boleros (Slow latin music), Translated into dozens of languages and performed by many great performers, including The Beatles, Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Dave Brubeck…., so It reached audiences worldwide from 1944, and became an international hit following its appearance in the film Follow The Boys. In 1999, it was recognized as the most sung and recorded Mexican song in the world.

According to Velázquez, she was inspired by an aria “Quejas, o la Maja y el Ruiseñor” (“Plaints, or the Maiden and the Nightingale”), from the 1916 opera “Goyescas,” by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados where borrowed the first line from the classic aria.

Consuelo Velázquez is a pianist and composer.  She began playing piano when she was 4, gave her first public recital at age 6. Besides “Bésame Mucho”, she is also the author of other iconic Mexican songs like “Déjame quererte,” “Pasional,” and “No me pidas nunca.”


“Bésame Mucho” song English translation:

Kiss me, Kiss me a lot,
As if tonight were the last time.
Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
Because I’m afraid of losing you,
To lose you again.

I want to have you very close
To see myself in your eyes,
To see you next to me,
Think that perhaps tomorrow
I already will be far,
very far from you.

Kiss me, Kiss me a lot,
As if tonight were the last time.
Kiss me, a lot,
because I’m afraid of losing you,
To lose you later.

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