Classical Allusion

In traditional Chinese music a pre-existing piece is ornamented and embellished until it becomes something quite new. In the same way, Julian Yu takes famous pieces from the Western musical tradition and ornaments them in the Chinese manner.

The music, just like the composer himself, are a unique blend of East and West. This CD features the dazzling sticks of the percussionist Robert Clarke, the Academy of Melbourne, the Australia Ensemble and Trio Melbourne.

The award-winning composer Julian Yu grew up in China, and has been resident in Australia since 1985.


Julian Yu

The multi-award winning Australian composer Julian Yu employs a musical language imbued with a high degree of elegance and expressiveness, which are both enhanced by an impeccable craft and special attention to detail.

Press quotes

“A selection of performances of the work of composer Julian Yu makes Classical Allusion a delight” ★★★★

— Chris Copas, The Star

“one of the best 'composer portrait' discs of its kind ... The works on this disc are ultra-professional and well made - one sees why the composer wins prizes - but it also repays repeat hearings ... The performances and recordings (many of them live) are good too.”

— Andrew Ford, ABC 24 Hours

“a distinct cultural crossover ... interesting in its conception and quite attractive in its expressive content.”

— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times

“Yu's symphonic writing is brilliant [and] highly coloured”

— Dale Keeling, Noteworthy

Audio preview

Track Listing

    Concerto for Marimba and Small Orchestra Julian Yu

  1. First movement
  2. Second movement
  3. Third movement
  4. Variations on a Theme of Paganini Julian Yu

  5. Theme - Moderato
  6. Variation one - Allegro
  7. Variation two - Adagio con amore
  8. Variation three
  9. Variation four - Grazioso
  10. Variation five - Vivace
  11. Variation six - Giocoso
  12. Variation seven
  13. Variation eight
  14. Variation nine - Piacere
  15. Variation ten - Espressivo
  16. Variation eleven - Agitato
  17. Variation twelve - Animato
  18. Scintillation II Julian Yu
  19. Scintillation III Julian Yu
  20. Trio for piano, violin and cello Julian Yu

  21. First movement
  22. Second movement
  23. Third movement


Where to buy

Classical Allusion can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Thanks to
Australia Council
Release date
© 2000 Move Records
℗ 2000 Move Records
Australian, Classical, Cross-cultural, Orchestral
Catalogue number
MD 3207
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574320725