The Golden Age (CD)

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Ray Chen, Made in Berlin, Julien Quentin, London Philharmonic, Robert Trevino

One of the world’s most celebrated young violinist – an Australian – signs to DECCA.

“The Golden Age”, Ray Chen’s first album for Decca showcases works from the “golden age” of the violin, with arrangements / transcriptions by Kreisler and Heifetz around a centerpiece of the magnificent Bruch concerto.

The brand new album from the charismatic violinist includes 3 tracks with Ray’s string quartet “Made In Berlin” – an exciting chamber music string collective made up exclusively of members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

It includes a stunning set of variations on WALTZING MATILDA.

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The Times

4 Stars

"The line-up is madly varied, although you certainly get a lightning tour of different ways of playing the violin. Stephan Koncz’s arrangement of Debussy’s Clair de lune highlights Chen’s almost miraculous featherweight touch, which is whispered without sounding wispy."

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1. Satie: Satiesfaction (Arr. Koncz)
with Made in Berlin

2. Kreisler: Syncopation
with Julien Quentin (piano)

3. Ponce: Estrellita (Arr. Heifetz)
with Julien Quentin (piano)

Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26
4. i) Vorspiel: Allegro moderato
5. ii) Adagio
6. iii) Finale: Allegro energico
with the 
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Robert Trevino

7. Debussy: Clair de lune (Arr. Koncz) [Suite bergamasque, L. 75
with Made in Berlin

8. Kreisler: Schön Rosmarin
with Julien Quentin (piano)

9. Gershwin: Summertime / A Woman Is a Sometime thing (Arr. Heifetz)
with Julien Quentin (piano)

10. Lotus Land (Arr. Kreisler)
with Julien Quentin (piano)

11. Macpherson: Waltzing Matilda (Arr. Koncz)
with Made in Berlin