Melia Watras and Kimberly Russ: Short Stories

Short Stories album
Short Stories, featuring Melia Watras (viola) and Kimberly Russ (piano)
Melia Watras (viola) and Kimberly Russ (piano).  Short Stories.  CD.  Fleur de Son Classics, Ltd. 2012.
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Short Stories, the May 2012 release (Fleur de Son Classics, Ltd.) from UW faculty violist Melia Watras and frequent collaborator, pianist Kimberly Russ (known for her work with Seattle Symphony Orchestra), collects works from the early 1900s to 2008 by an eclectic range of composers: Rebecca Clarke, George Enescu,  Betsy Jolas,  Quincy Porter,  Henri Wieniawski, György Ligeti,  Anna Weesner,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Andrew Waggoner, and Dan Visconti. “Short Stories demonstrates the versatility of the viola,” Watras says. “In gathering these works, I wanted to find a wide variety of sound, color, and emotional content. This collection shows the viola’s warmth and depth, while also displaying its virtuosic and expressive capabilities.”

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