Stravinsky: Diversions

Barney Zwartz
The Sunday Age (Australia)
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“Brilliant young Australian violinist Ray Chen is wonderfully natural in these delightful Stravinsky miniatures: the Suite after Pergolesi, Divertimento and Duo Concertante. Chen is vivid, vital and pointed yet spacious and tender (their tempi provide plenty of room to breathe). Winner of prestigious prizes, his astonishing technique and ravishing purity of tone are no surprise, but what particularly impresses is the sheer musicality of these performances and his partnership with talented Melbourne pianist Timothy Young. Superb sound and excellent notes.

Key track: The last track – by way of encore – (the famous tune from Petrushka) highlights the pair’s technical and interpretative ability.”