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Elegance and Romance from Virginia: Live At Yamaha

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An enjoyable collection of Broadway, opera and movie classics recorded live on tour in Tokyo, Japan.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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1. Libiamo (From "La Traviata") [Live]
Kevin Matheson, Judith Clark, Scott Williamson, Bryan Matheson & Amy Cofield Williamson
3:10 $0.99
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2. Suite for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 157b: I. Ouverture (Live)
Kevin Matheson, Bryan Matheson & Judith Clark
1:51 $0.99
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3. Suite for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 157b: II. Divertissement (Live)
Kevin Matheson, Bryan Matheson & Judith Clark
3:03 $0.99
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4. Suite for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 157b: III. Jeu (Live)
Kevin Matheson, Bryan Matheson & Judith Clark
2:11 $0.99
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5. Suite for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op. 157b: IV. Introduction et Final (Live)
Kevin Matheson, Bryan Matheson & Judith Clark
5:46 $0.99
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6. Dream With Me (From "Peter Pan") [Live]
Amy Cofield Williamson, Judith Clark & Bryan Matheson
3:40 $0.99
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7. I Have Dreamed (From "The King and I") [Live]
Kevin Matheson, Scott Williamson, Judith Clark, Amy Cofield Williamson & Bryan Matheson
3:18 $0.99
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8. Maria (From "West Side Story") [Live]
Scott Williamson, Judith Clark, Bryan Matheson & Kevin Matheson
2:35 $0.99
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9. Theme (From "Fiddler On the Roof") [Live]
Kevin Matheson & Judith Clark
4:36 $0.99
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10. Almost Like Being in Love (From "Brigadoon") [Live]
Kevin Matheson, Scott Williamson, Bryan Matheson, Amy Cofield Williamson & Judith Clark
2:21 $0.99
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11. I Could Have Danced All Night (From "My Fair Lady") [Live]
Amy Cofield Williamson, Kevin Matheson, Judith Clark & Bryan Matheson
2:31 $0.99
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12. Three Rags for Violin and Viola: I. Allegro con spirito (Live)
Kevin Matheson & Bryan Matheson
3:26 $0.99
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13. Three Rags for Violin and Viola: II. Adagio (Live)
Kevin Matheson & Bryan Matheson
3:15 $0.99
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14. Three Rags for Violin and Viola: III. Allegro ben ritmato (Live)
Kevin Matheson & Bryan Matheson
1:16 $0.99
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15. Un Bel Di (From "Madama Butterfly") [Live]
Amy Cofield Williamson, Judith Clark, Kevin Matheson & Bryan Matheson
4:20 $0.99
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16. E Lucevan Le Stelle (From "Tosca") [Live]
Scott Williamson, Bryan Matheson, Kevin Matheson & Judith Clark
2:48 $0.99
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17. Mi Chiamano Mimì, O Soave Fanciulla (From "La Bohème") [Live]
Kevin Matheson, Amy Cofield Williamson, Scott Williamson, Judith Clark & Bryan Matheson
7:37 $0.99
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18. Gabriel's Oboe (From "The Mission") [Live]
Bryan Matheson & Judith Clark
2:47 $0.99
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19. Oblivion (Live)
Kevin Matheson, Bryan Matheson & Judith Clark
2:45 $0.99
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20. Primavera Porteña (Live)
Kevin Matheson, Bryan Matheson & Judith Clark
4:27 $0.99
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21. Lara's Theme (From "Doctor Zhivago") [Live]
Kevin Matheson, Judith Clark & Bryan Matheson
3:48 $0.99
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22. È Strano!... Ah, Fors'è Lui... Sempre Libera! (From "La Traviata") [Live]
Kevin Matheson, Bryan Matheson, Judith Clark, Amy Cofield Williamson & Scott Williamson
7:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Libiamo,” one of the most famous duets in all operatic music, is a showcase for tenor and soprano. A joyful brindisi or drinking song, it is enhanced in stage productions by a full chorus of party guests. Despite a decidedly mixed reception at its 1853 premiere, La traviata is now one of Giuseppe Verdi’s best known and best loved operas.

In 1936 French composer Darius Milhaud was asked to write incidental music for the Paris production of Jean Anouilh’s play, “The Traveler without Luggage.” The musical result was so appealing that Milhaud created Suite for Violin, Viola and Piano, Op.157b.

“Dream with me,” from the 1950 musical Peter Pan by Leonard Bernstein, was originally omitted from the show because the musical writing proved too difficult for the chosen actress. Restored in 2000 by the conductor Alexander Frey, its lyrical charm now makes it a favorite for sopranos.

“I have dreamed” is from the 1956 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I. Because staging for the song was omitted from the film version, its music was only used to introduce the better known “We Kiss in a Shadow.” But it has proven a charming duet that demonstrates Rodgers and Hammerstein’s skill in using musical selections to advance the drama.

The intense emotions in Leonard Bernstein’s 1956 musical West Side Story are nowhere better realized than in the music of this famous song, “Maria.” Bernstein perfectly captures the wonder and delight of the American boy who has just met the lovely Puerto Rican girl. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story is one of the best loved works in the music theater repertoire.

In the early 1970s John Williams was music director for the film Fiddler on the Roof. Needing music for the opening credits, he wrote a violin cadenza and variations on themes from the musical to feature the great violinist Isaac Stern.

Brigadoon, by the incomparable team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, opened in 1947. It has run successfully both nationally and internationally, was made into a 1954 film starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, and was even produced by New York City Opera. “Almost like being in love” celebrates the new-found attraction of the protagonists and is the best known selection from the musical.

Called “the perfect musical,” Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady opened in 1956 to great acclaim. The music is of such quality that the New York Philharmonic Orchestra presented a concert version of the show in 2007. The song follows the famous line “By George, I think she’s got it!” – referring to the flower girl who finally pronounces her vowels correctly, falls in love with her teacher, and is unable to sleep, declaring “I could have danced all night!”

Three Rags for Violin and Viola was written in 1996 by New York City native William Ryden (b.1939). A well-known composer, arranger, conductor and pianist, Ryden has written concertos, chamber music, musicals and over 250 rags for solo piano. This duo captures the quintessential feeling of ragtime in rhythm and melody.

The name of composer Giacomo Puccini is synonymous with opera worldwide. Since its premiere in 1904, Madama Butterfly has been one of his most famous and best-loved operas. The tragic tale of a Japanese geisha, loved and abandoned by an American naval officer, is a vocal showpiece for sopranos, and “Un bel di” is the most famous aria from the opera. It recounts the heroine’s blind faith that her absent lover will return.

Tosca is one of Puccini’s most famous operas. Based on a tale of bloody political struggle, the libretto affords the composer ample opportunity to demonstrate his skill in composing music uniquely appropriate for the text. “E lucevan le stele” is one of the most famous tenor arias in all opera literature. It recounts the lover’s despair at being sentenced to execution when he has never been so eager to live.

Puccini’s genius in composing for voices is nowhere better exemplified than in the lovely aria “Mi chiamano Mimi” and the following duet “O soave fanciulla.” In the aria, the poor seamstress Mimi shyly introduces herself to her new acquaintance. “Love at first sight” is then perfectly realized in their rapturous duet. Although the 1900 premiere of La bohème met with mixed reviews, it is now considered Puccini’s most popular opera.

“Gabriel’s Oboe” comes from Ennio Morricone’s beautiful soundtrack for the 1986 movie The Mission. It concerns a Jesuit priest in the South American jungle who, when surrounded by natives, pulls out his oboe and plays this enchanting melody.

“Oblivion” is one of Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla’s most popular tangos and became widely known through the soundtrack of Mario Belochio’s film, Enrico IV (1984). It was written for the composer’s own ensemble, with the solos played by Piazzolla on bandoneon.

Piazzolla’s “Primavera Porteña” or “Spring in Buenos Aires” is the last movement in “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” a cycle similar to Vivaldi’s famous “The Four Seasons.” In his compositions, Piazzolla merged the structure of classical music with the passion of the tango.

“Lara’s Theme” was originally written as the identifying instrumental melody for the protagonist in the 1965 film Doctor Zhivago. It proved so popular that a song writer later added lyrics to Maurice Jarre’s melody to create the well-known selection “Somewhere My Love.” In this arrangement the violin captures the sound of a Russian balalaika with a fast “tremolo” stroke of the bow.

The aria, “È strano…ah, fors’è lui… Sempre libera,” from La traviata occurs at the conclusion of Act I. This selection is actually a combination of recitative (sung speech), reflective song, and jubilant aria. The protagonist Violetta, a Parisian courtesan, has just met a man who has disturbed her efforts to maintain an emotional distance from her clients. She feels she may be falling in love, laments her sad and lonely life, then sings wildly of the joy of emotional freedom. The voice of her future lover entices her to abandon her shallow existence but does not prevent her frenetic paean to liberty.

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Kevin and Bryan Matheson received critical acclaim at their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall début as part of the Ibla Grand Prize competition winners’ tour. The duo has been recognized for its mesmerizing and spirited performances - two perfect virtuosos, playing as one. As founding members of the Classic Strings Duo and Rainier Trio, they have performed on numerous concert series throughout Virginia and Pennsylvania. They tour for the Virginia Commission for the Arts, have released three CDs and been chosen as “CD of the week” by WQED Pittsburgh.
They have performed as guest soloists with the Irish Sinfonietta Orchestra in New York City, and were concertmaster and principal violist of the Viva Vivaldi Chamber Orchestra, which recorded for Centaur Records. They also have performed in the Ameropa International Chamber Music Festival in Prague.
Kevin and Bryan served as concertmaster and principal violist in the RMA Chamber Orchestra which performed in the southeastern United States and Ireland, including the prestigious West Cork Chamber Music Festival and at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in a joint performance with musicians from Hong Kong and Macao.

Pianist Judith Clark has served on the faculties of Roanoke College, Hollins University, Mary Baldwin College, and Washington and Lee University. She has collaborated with multiple international artists, including William Dupré, Ralph Evans, Jonathan Mack, Nicholas Loren, Steven White, and Elizabeth Futral. Following her performance at the Rossborough Festival at the University of Maryland, The Washington Post called her “a most impressive accompanist.” The founding Executive Director of Opera Roanoke, she also served as company rehearsal/performance pianist, working under conductors Victoria Bond, Steven Crawford, Scott Williamson and Steven White. She currently is regional coordinator for Young Audiences of Virginia and a freelance coach/accompanist.


Praised by the New York Times for her “lovely, rich tone,” soprano Amy Cofield Williamson has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S., Europe, Santo Domingo, Guam, Taiwan and Japan. Highly regarded for her “technical facility,” her “beauty of interpretation” and an “arresting presence,” her numerous operatic roles have taken her to New York City Opera, Nevada Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Lyric Opera San Antonio, Pro Cantus Lyric Opera (TX), Knoxville Opera, Teatro Lirico D’Europa, Annapolis Chamber Orchestra and Chorale and Opera Roanoke (VA). In addition, Ms. Cofield Williamson has appeared in concert with Garden State Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic (IN), Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society, Norfolk Chamber Consort, Opera Camerata of Washington, Virginia Arts Festival, the U.S. Naval Academy, Festival Chamber Music at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and with The Masterwork Chorus (NJ) at Carnegie Hall.


The Times of London called tenor Scott Williamson’s debut at Shakespeare’s Globe “brilliant.” His work has been praised in The New York Times and Sun, Opera News, and The Washington Post. His performances of Mendelssohn and Dallapiccola with the American Symphony Orchestra are available on iTunes. He is Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke, where he produced the company’s first-ever Wagner opera (Der Fliegende Holländer), and led the western Virginia premiere of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. He conducted the world premiere of The Three Feathers, a children’s opera by composer Lori Laitman and poet Dana Gioia. His “Night by Silent Sailing Night: A Performance of John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting,” was acclaimed upon its creation at the Taubman Museum of Art, where he is guest curator in music. Dr. Williamson has served on the faculties of Washington and Lee and Virginia Tech, and is in demand as a guest artist and presenter.

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