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20th Century Piano Trios

This CD by highly acclaimed Trio Melbourne features a stunning collection of 20th Century piano trios, including two never-before recorded pieces by Australian composers Sculthorpe and Yu.

The talented ensemble Trio Melbourne demonstrate their commitment to perform new works and expand the piano trio repertoire in '20th Century Piano Trios', featuring rarely heard piano trios by renowned composers Copland and Shostakovich and three never-before recorded pieces by Sculthorpe, Yu and Baran.

Copland's rarely performed trio 'Vitebsk', featured on this disc is based on a Jewish folk theme Copland heard in a play by Ansky.

Shostakovich's 'Piano Trio op.8 No.1' discovered only in the last ten years is relatively unknown in western piano trio repertoire.

East meets West in Ilhan Baran's 'Dönüsümler (Transformations)' A thrilling combination of folk and Western chamber music, Baran creates a series of transformations utilising Turco-Ottoman modes and a variety of rhythmic patterns found in different areas around Turkey to create what he describes as "a kind of atmospheric state of mind."

Receiving its debut recording and another brilliant addition to this collection is the evocative piece, op. 26a written specifically for Trio Melbourne by Australian composer Julian Yu. This piece, intended to pay homage to Brahms, is based on his first symphony however Yu has also been inspired by the traditional Chinese instrumental folk technique of ornamentation.

Peter Sculthorpe's 'Night Song', specifically arranged by Sculthorpe for Trio Melbourne from his song of the same name, provides a haunting conclusion to a most unique and valuable collection!

Trio Melbourne - Roger Heagney, Isin Cakmakcioglu and Rachel Atkinson each outstanding musicians in their own right, established Trio Melbourne in 1993. Since then they have performed to much critical acclaim throughout Europe and Australia.


Trio Melbourne

Trio Melbourne is an ensemble comprising three outstanding artists - Roger Heagney (piano), Isin Cakmakcioglu (violin) and Rachel Atkinson (cello). It was established in 1993, and since then has performed to great critical acclaim in Australia and Europe.

Press quotes

“We are indeed privileged to find a premier recording of Baran's "Transformations" of such high quality”

Cumhuriyet, Istanbul, Turkey, Jan 97

“Three exceptional musicians ... intuitive understanding of the art-form”

BBV Bocholt, Germany, Jan 97

“Sensitive and perfect playing”

Neusser Loyalzeitung Neuss, Germany, Jan 97

“Passionate and sublime playing.”

BBV Bocholt, Germany, Jan 97

“This is a well performed, beautifully recorded CD with an interesting range of repertoire, some of which has never before been recorded. I'd recommend it highly to chamber music enthusiasts.”

— Harrien Cunningham, State of the Arts

Audio preview

Track Listing

    Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 26a Julian Yu

  1. Moderato-Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Vivace
  4. Transformations Ilhan Baran

  5. Fantasia
  6. Transformations I
  7. Transformations II
  8. Transformations III
  9. Transformations IV
  10. Transformations V
  11. Transformations VI
  12. Transformations VII
  13. Transformations VIII
  14. Vitebsk Aaron Copland

  15. Lento molto e marcato
  16. Allegro Vivace
  17. Grave
  18. Piano Trio, Op. 8: No. 1 Dmitri Shostakovich

  19. Andante-Molto più mosso-Andante
  20. Allegro-Più mosso-Adagio
  21. Andante-Meno mosso
  22. Moderato-Allegro-Prestissimo fantastico
  23. Andante
  24. Coda: Allegro-Allegro moderato-Allegro
  25. Night Song Peter Sculthorpe



Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich (25 September 1906 – 9 August 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.

Peter Sculthorpe

Born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1929 and passing away in 2014, Peter Sculthorpe was one of Australia's best-known composers and a fine pianist. Recordings of Sculthorpe's orchestral works and music for strings have won a number of Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIA).

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.

Where to buy

20th Century Piano Trios is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

20th Century Piano Trios is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

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Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
© 1997 Move Records
℗ 1997 Move Records
Australian, Classical
Catalogue number
MD 3176
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574317626