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Ray Chen - The Golden Age is 99.5WCRB: CD Of the Week

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With a precious instrument once owned by one of the most legendary violinists of all time, Ray Chen has channeled the flexible charm of the players of the past on his new recording "The Golden Age," WCRB's CD of the Week!

Bookending the CD are performances by Made in Berlin, Chen's own string quartet. The opening piece, "A New Satiesfaction" is a mesmerizing arrangement by cellist Stephan Koncz that weaves in Satie's famous Gymnopédie No. 1. It was a major YouTube hit on Chen's channel even before the CD was released. The final track is another arrangement by Koncz, a nod to Australia in the form of variations on "Waltzing Matilda." Koncz has also created a gorgeous arrangement of Debussy's "Clair de lune" that hits the spot with just the right atmospheric restraint.  It trembles like a soft French breeze, and Chen and his quartet make it breathtaking.