Stravinsky: Diversions

13/05/2011
Robert Cockcroft
Yorkshire Post (UK)

Taiwan-born, Australia-raised and American trained, Ray Chen went on to win important competitions including the Yehudi Menuhin. Beside his impressive technical facility, a strong personality shines through in this delightful recording. The neo-classicism of the Suite after themes by Pergolesi is ideal for his mobile wit and he despatches arrangements like the Danse Russe from Petrushka with verve. Intelligent accompaniments from Timothy Young enhance a fine enterprise.