Release Date: July 10, 2015
Catalog #: NV6003
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Piano Trio

Moto Continuo

New Works For Piano Trio And Solo Cello

Osias Wilenski composer
Nicholas Anthony Ascioti composer
Diane Jones composer
John A. Carollo composer
Robert Fleisher composer
Brian Noyes composer

Trio Casals
Sylvia Ahramjian violin
Ovidiu Marinescu cello
Anna Kislitsyna piano

Praised for his “bold and expressive” playing (Gramophone Magazine), cellist Ovidiu Marinescu and Navona Records present MOTO CONTINUO, a collection of six contemporary solo cello and piano trio works – from the intense, dark, and expressive to the calm, light, and austere – performed by Marinescu and his colleagues from Trio Casals, violinist Sylvia Ahramjian and pianist Anna Kislitsyna.

Osias Wilenski’s Variations for Trio, written in 1984, is based on a passage from Beethoven’s Great Fugue (Große Fuge), Op. 133, creating a blend of opposing phrases and virtuosic lines. Adirondack Tableau by Nicholas Anthony Ascioti, adapted from his earlier work Adirondack Suite, is a three-movement sonic reflection of his experiences at Adirondack Park. Diane Jones’ Three Songs, written for Trio Casals, provides distinct imagery throughout its three movements, from the discomfort and rush of crowded city streets, to the serenity of the natural world, to a new spirit watching from above.

Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, John A. Carollo explains the basic concept behind his Piano Trio No. 1: “Just as rivers flow and meander down varied landscapes, music should mimic nature, where every moment is alive with newness. In its most exalted state, music should be fresh and new, resembling the moment, which is always unique.” Robert Fleisher’s solo cello piece, Ma mere, deconstructs, reorders, and expands the cello parts from “Jeux de Vagues” (“Play of the Waves”), the middle movement of Debussy’s orchestral work, La mer. Underlying Brian Noyes’ Piano Trio Op. 38 (…in the spirit of Ave Maris Stella) is the chamber work by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, providing impetus for the viscerally exciting rhythmic drive and expressive lyricism of his new chamber piece.


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Artist Information

Trio Casals


Since making a highly acclaimed debut at the 1996 edition of the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Trio Casals has delighted audiences with spectacular virtuosity, engaging enthusiasm, and exquisite musical elegance. During the 2020-21 season, Trio Casals recorded their sixth and seventh albums for Parma Recordings with new violinist Alexandr Kislitsyn, who continues the great tradition established by Sylvia Ahramjian. MOTO ETERNO was released to critical acclaim in the spring of 2021 and will be premiered in concert in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. The Trio’s A GRAND JOURNEY was released September 2021 on Navona Records.

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Nicholas Anthony Ascioti


Nicholas Anthony Ascioti was born in Syracuse NY on May 30th, 1974. He attended the College of St. Rose in Albany NY where he earned degrees in Composition and Conducting. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Composition from Bennington College in Vermont. Asciotis has studied with Allen Shawn, Dr. Amy Williams, and Stephen Siegel.

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Diane Jones


Diane Jones’ music has been performed by The Relâche Ensemble, The Da Capo Chamber Players, Trio Casals, and Flautet. She has been commissioned by Mélomanie, the Society for New Music, and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and she recently completed a commission from the Syracuse International Film Festival to score the 1919 silent film, “The Doll,” screened during the 2019 festival with a live ensemble.

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John A. Carollo


John A. Carollo studied piano as a child and was a member of a Catholic Church choir which sang for the congregation during weekend services. In 1986, he began composing for the piano and graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters Degree in Psychology.

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Robert Fleisher


Robert Fleisher attended the High School of Music and Art in his native New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, and earned his M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in composition at the University of Illinois, studying with Ben Johnston, Salvatore Martirano, and Paul Zonn. Author of Twenty Israeli Composers (1997), he is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21 (2009). Fleisher’s chamber music has been described as “eloquent” (Ann Arbor News), “lovely and emotional” (Musicworks), “astoundingly attractive” (Perspectives of New Music), and “ingenious” (Strad); his electroacoustic music characterized as “rich, tactile” and “endearingly low-tech” (New York Times).

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Brian Noyes


Brian Noyes grew up in Cardiff, South Wales, and began his music education by studying the classical guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, subsequently freelancing as a performer and teacher until his interest in composition took him to University College Cardiff and then Goldsmiths' College, London. This was the time, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when his first pieces were performed by ensembles such as Lontano, Music Projects London, Singcircle, etc., and also, pivotally for him as a composer, when he attended Dartington Summer School, under the tutelage of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and Aldeburgh School of Advanced Studies, with Sir Harrison Birtwistle.

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Anna Kislitsyna


Born into a family of musicians and trained in the Russian tradition, pianist and harpsichordist Anna Kislitsyna made her solo debut at age 10 with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra. She remains in high demand as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and educator. Recent season highlights include performing a Shostakovich concerto with the Helena Symphony, providing the inaugural performance of the Omsk Philharmonic’s new harpsichord, debuting an album’s program in concert at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and touring China with Trio Casals. Kislitsyna has completed eight albums of contemporary chamber music as the pianist of Trio Casals and is currently working on her solo album of modern music with Navona Records.

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