Old and Yu: The clarinet music of Julian Yu, Volume 2
A series of catchy short pieces composed for clarinet and string quartet, and piano by Julian Yu. Often playful, these pieces are based on oddly familiar classical themes. Chinese folksongs, Dvorak and Mozart are also featured. The track titles will give you some idea of what to expect.
Old and Yu presents the lighter side of Julian Yu. It is a series of catchy short pieces composed for clarinet and string quartet. We have the opportunity to witness a master at play, blissfully exploring and experimenting, weaving an amazing array of musical threads and demonstrating an incredible depth of scholarship and research, all in the name of beauty, fun and love of life.
The album begins with a suite of six Chinese folksongs arranged for clarinet and string quartet. The rich tradition of Chinese folksong represents the “Old” in the album’s title, and this melodic material is woven into the texture of many of the works on the CD. In the folksong suite Julian has given the Chinese melodies a new set of clothes in the form of a quintet of modern, Western instruments. The original melodies are presented with no modifications, variations, developments or modulations whatsoever so the listener can experience the sheer beauty of the melodies.
As we progress though the works on the album this melodic material is treated with astonishing imagination and creativity. In Yu’s hands the boundaries between East and West really can dissolve resulting in a whole brimming with a mischievous humour and at the same time a profound understanding of the range and depth of human emotional expression.
Clarinettist Robert Schubert is joined by a string quartet in most of the pieces. The final four-movement work, Mozartiana, features Trio Varie (clarinet, cello and piano).
(The first volume in this series of the clarinet music of Julian Yu, "China Wind", demonstrated the composer’s mastery of the language of 20th century Western art music and hinted at the path of East-West hybridisation that he was beginning to develop. The music was profound and mostly serious.)
A video of Trio Varie performing excerpts from "Mozartiana" can be seen here:
Robert Schubert is a Melbourne-based clarinettist and teaches woodwind at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Clarinettist Robert Schubert formed Trio Varie with cellist Virginia Kable and his wife, pianist Akemi Schubert in 2017.
“Julian Yu is in playful mode, cleverly demonstrating connections between music from his homeland in China and well-known tunes from Western classical repertoire. Robert Schubert’s clarinet playing is exemplary, as are performances by the string players and pianist; they are well supported by the excellent sound recording produced at Move Records studio in Melbourne. This CD is unusual, quirky – and most enjoyable.”Read full review
— Gwen Bennett, Music Trust e-zine Loud Mouth
- Women on patrol
- A patch of willow trees
- Flower riddle
- Flying the kite
- Guest from afar, please stay awhile
- Dry load dance
- Prologue – Two Swans under Two Moons
- Compound tragedy
- Phone call to Mozart
- What's for Elise?
- Finished Symphony
- Why are butterflies sad?
- Stepping up birthday
- Harmonic Phrases at an Exhibition
- To comrade Shostakovich
- Epilogue – Two Swans under Two Moons
- Allegro molto
- Scherzo – molto vivace
- Allegro con fuoco
- Quodlibet – Allegro
Chinese Folksong Suite Julian Yu
Classical Stories Julian Yu
Symphony from the Old World (Dvorak in China) Julian Yu
Mozartiana Julian Yu
- Robert Schubert · clarinet
- Lorraine Hook · violin · all except tracks 23, 24, 25 and 26
- Deborah Goodall · violin · all except tracks 23, 24, 25 and 26
- Gabby Halloran · viola · all except tracks 23, 24, 25 and 26
- Virginia Kable · cello
- Akemi Schubert · piano · tracks 23—26
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
Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Release date
- March 2018
- © 2018 Move Records
- ℗ 2018 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MD 3424
- EAN 9314574342420