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Chen, Ray (Violin) / Ray Chen Virtuoso: Bach, Franck, Tartini, Wieniawski
Album:Ray Chen Virtuoso: Bach, Franck, Tartini, Wieniawski Collection:Classical
Artist:Chen, Ray (Violin) Added:05/2011
Label:Sony Classical 

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Add Date:2011-06-12 Pull Date:2011-08-14 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:24 Jul10 Jul3 Jul26 Jun19 Jun

 Recent Airplay
1.Jul 20, 2011:consummate classical
Allegro - Quasi Lento - Tempo I (8:26)
4.Jun 29, 2011:consummate classical
Bach, Js. Chacone (From Parita In D Min, Bwv 1004) (15:16)
2.Jul 18, 2011:Mixed Up Class
Bach: Chaconne, (from Partita in D minor, BWV 1004)
5.Jun 21, 2011:Bisous Bojoux
Tartini, G. "The Devil's Trill" Sonata, G Min.
3.Jul 06, 2011:consummate classical
Bach, Js. Chacone (From Parita In D Min, Bwv 1004) (15:16)
6.Jun 17, 2011:gilt
Allegro Enrgico (4:07)

Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2011-05-31 
Chen, Ray / Ray Chen, Virtuoso
Label: Sony Classical

Larry K.
Reviewed 2011-05-28

RAY CHEN: Virtuoso (Bach, Franck, Tartini, Wieniawski)
Sony Classical, 2011

CLASSICAL. Winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition (2009) and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (2008), Ray Chen is a compelling young violinist. The Devil’s Trill Sonata by Tartini (1692-1770), who composed more than 100 violin concertos and sonatas, opens with a mysterious and beautiful introduction demanding progressively more virtuosity. Many violinists regarded it as too difficult to play. JS Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita in D Minor is a hauntingly beautiful series of variations that stay in the mind long after first hearing. Wieniawski (1835-1880) was a child prodigy violinist who began composing after meeting Chopin. Légende was written when his beloved’s parents opposed his engagement; it changed their minds. Franck (1822-1890) composed his Violin Sonata, one of his most popular works, as a wedding gift for the violinist Eugène Ysaÿe.

1. (3:15) Tartini, Devil’s Trill. Slow, melancholic.
2. (4:07) Tartini, Devil’s Trill. Upbeat, 4/4, minor key, bouncy.
3. (7:40) Tartini, Devil’s Trill. Minor, rapid and lyric interludes alternate
4. (15:25) Bach, Chaconne. Lyric, dramatic, inspiring variations
5. (7:54) Wieniawski. Légende. Minor key, a singing melody of love.
6. (12:09) Wieniawski. Variations. Virtuoso variations on a heroic theme
7. (6:15) Franck. Sonata. Allegretto. Bittersweet melody, yearning
8. (8:26) Franck. Sonata. Allegro. Agitated ascending melody, reaching sunlight, plunging back,
9. (7:47) Franck. Sonata. Recitativo. Brooding, impassioned, rhapsodic
10. (6:25) Franck. Sonata. Allegretto. Cheerful, celebratory.

Track Listing
1.Tartini, G. "The Devil's Trill" Sonata, G Min. Larghetto (3:14) 6.Wieniawski, H. Variations For Violin & Piano Op. 15 (12:09)
2.Allegro Enrgico (4:07) 7.Franck, C. Sonata, Violin And Piano, A Maj, Allegretto (6:15)
3.Allegro Assai (7:34) 8.Allegro - Quasi Lento - Tempo I (8:26)
4.Bach, Js. Chacone (From Parita In D Min, Bwv 1004) (15:16) 9.Recitativo - Fantasia (7:47)
5.Wieniawski, H. Legende In G Min, Op. 17 (7:49) 10.Allegretto Poco Mosso (6:25)