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The Golden Age ()

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composed by Australian Traditional, Claude Debussy, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Max Bruch, Stephan Koncz

Taiwanese-born Australian violinist Ray Chen has moved from Sony to Decca and released The Golden Age as his debut. As the album suggests, the program's subject is the classic age of violin playing in the early 1900s, when the veteran Fritz Kreisler and the young Jascha Heifetz ruled the scene. Yet the mood here is hardly nostalgic. First of all, Chen is muscular and fresh in the centerpiece, the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26, of Max Bruch. Sample the breadth of the opening movement's beginning. Chen achieves a ...

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  1. A New Satiesfaction, for string quartet (featuring Gymnopédie No. 1)
  2. Syncopation, for violin & piano
  3. Estrellita, arrangement for violin & piano (after Ponce's song)
  4. Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
  5. Clair de lune, for orchestra or other arrangement (from "Suite Bergamasque" for piano), L. 82/3 (75/3)
  6. Schön Rosmarin, for violin & piano
  7. Selections (5) from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, arrangement for violin & piano: Summertime
  8. Lotus Land, for violin & piano (after Cyril Scott's Op. 47/1)
  9. Waltzing Matilda, folk song
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