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Ray Chen's Bruch VC No. 1 with PSO is impeccable / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Ray Chen headlined Friday's Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert with the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor alongside Polish guest conductor Krzysztof Urbanski, who also led the orchestra in Beethoven's Egmont Overture and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. Mr. Chen's technique was impeccable. He luxuriated through the opening arpeggios and excelled through Bruch's fervent opening movement. His second movement began with a bit of tightness. Phrases could have used more space to breathe, and the intense vibrato distracted slightly from the beautiful simplicity of the music. As the movement progressed, Mr. Chen seemed to relax into the music.

His finale was brilliant, however, despite a few moments of disconnect with the orchestra. The soloist's delivery of the final movement's opening theme and its subsequent iterations soared over the orchestra.

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