Carl Vine on musical telepathy
Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply… Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, 1814
I wonder whether identical twins would make the perfect musical duo partners? As an audience member, great performers seem to regularly employ a level of telepathic connection that is only exhibited repeatably by close genetic pairs. How did they spontaneously and silently agree to finish that last, lingering note right … there? Imagine if the same could apply to identical triplets!
The three brothers of the Eggner Trio are far from identical, each manifesting strong and unique characters that are somehow made more distinct by the commonality that they display so tangibly. In person they tend to dismiss questions of a ‘familial advantage’ in performance, which is as it should be – quite aside from the fact that they’ve had to parry such personal probing for years now. Their natural closeness cannot be detached from their daily lives and so cannot be dissected or analysed in isolation. But gadzooks, it’s good to watch.
Telepathy happens in audiences too. (Note to self: must renew subscription to Paranormal Weekly). On its national concert tour for Musica Viva in 2006, the Borodin Quartet played Shostakovich’s fifteenth quartet, by candlelight. At more than one concert the entire audience was held spellbound by the final quiet note, agreeing in perfect reciprocity to leave the moment completely undisturbed until the last quiver of its every atom had died away. Silence. Then the applause was sustained and tumultuous. This is the enthralling energy of live performance that simply cannot be captured in recordings or videos, and that has turned me into a fervent supporter of, and outspoken advocate for, Musica Viva.
Don’t miss the Eggner Trio.