And the Waltz Goes On is a studio album by Dutch violinist André Rieu which features Christchurch soprano Hayley Westenra on the last track, “Dreaming of New Zealand”. The album was released worldwide on 31 October 2011. It presents waltzes from around the world, including a “Valse Triste” (sad waltz) from Finland, a miniature waltz “La petite Valse” from France, a popular waltz tune that began life in Germany.
The album is centered on a waltz composed by Welsh actor Anthony Hopkins. The waltz, called “And the Waltz Goes On” was composed by Hopkins in 1964. A fan of the Dutch violinist, Hopkins’s wife sent his waltz to Rieu for consideration.
Inspired by New Zealand’s stunning landscape and the ‘life must go on’ attitude of its people in the face of the recent natural disasters, André composed a dreamy waltz together with his first violinist Frank Steijns entitled “Dreaming of New Zealand”. The album includes both an instrumental version and one with English and Māori lyrics. More on Wikipedia.