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Classical Allusion

Julian Yu takes famous pieces from the Western musical tradition and ornaments them in the manner of Chinese folk music.

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.


Academy of Melbourne

The Academy of Melbourne is a small chamber orchestra formed in 1989 by its artistic director, Brett Kelly, MSO principal trombone.

Australia Ensemble

The Australia Ensemble, resident at the University of New South Wales, was founded in 1980. The group is now widely recognised as this country's chamber music ensemble. Consisting of seven of Australia's leading instrumentalists, the Ensemble is able to engage other outstanding musicians to enable it to present some highly unusal and varied groupings of performers as well as the standard chamber music repertoire.

Roger Heagney

Heagney has gained an international reputation as pianist and harpsichordist. He lectures at the Australian Catholic University and performs regularly with The Academy of Melbourne and Pro Arte Orchestras and at the Melbourne International Festival of Organ and Harpsichord.

Isin Cakmakcioglu

Violinist, Isin Cakmakcioglu has had an enviable international career since he completed a Bachelor of Music Degree. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has toured extensively throughout the world. He currently performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Rachel Atkinson

Cellist Rachel Atkinson currently performs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has toured extensively both as an orchestra member and a soloist. She is cellist of the Fidelio Quartet.

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



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

Classical Allusion is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Classical Allusion is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including 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, Orchestral
Catalogue number
MD 3207
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574320725