The Willow Piano Trio

Jacob Barnes piano
Freya Creech violin
Ariana Kashefi cello

The members of the Willow Piano Trio all attended MusicWorks courses throughout their teenage years and before beginning work on Tchaikovsky’s monumental trio in the summer of 2008 they had already played trios by Haydn, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Arensky and Smetana. The trio performed this work several times in the following year before recording it in the summer of 2009. Tragically, this was the last recording to be made by Jacob Barnes who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia only a week after making this recording. The three musicians continued to play together until shortly before his death in April 2011. In his memory, MusicWorks established the Jacob Barnes Scholarship to enable a young pianist to attend the courses.

First movement – Pezzo elegiaco
Second movement A Tema con variazioni
var i Andante con moto
var ii Più mosso
var iii Allegro moderato
var iv L’istesso temp
var v L’istesso tempo
var vi Tempo di Valse
var vii Allegro moderato
var viii Fuga
var ix Andante flebile, ma non tanto
var x Tempo di Muzurka
var xi Moderato
Second Movement B Variazione Finale e Coda