A big night for the Eggner Trio
The Eggner Trio proved themselves to be true professionals and endeared themselves to many last night, delivering a spectacular concert in difficult circumstances at City Recital Hall Angel Place. Despite being the final concert of a long tour, the Haydn and Munro were performed brilliantly to an excited audience. During the Saint-Saens, however, Florian broke a string. Christoph and Georg whisked Florian off stage, and after what was described as “the quickest string change ever” by violinist of the Goldner String Quartet Dimity Hall, returned to the stage to resume the piece exactly where they left off. Despite a mobile phone going off at the end of the serene third movement, the Trio held their concentration and finished the work in spectacular style! Handfuls of audience members stood up to applaud around the auditorium, welcoming an encore by the Eggners’ friend Sascha Peres.
The Trio now has some well deserved rest days in Sydney before taking up residency at AYO’s Chamber Players in the lead up to the Musica Viva Festival. In the mean time, why not reflect on the tour just past with this review from the West Australian.
Neville Cohn, The West Australian
April 14, 2011
It is hardly surprising the musicians of the Eggner Trio seem to draw on a shared musical consciousness. As siblings, the Eggner musicians are products of the same gene pool which clearly brims with musical possibility. In their hands, Haydn’s Trio in C flashed into glorious life.
How pleasing it was to listen to this gem presented – as it seldom is – in a straightforward and uncluttered way, allowing the music to speak for itself. Here was a performance which blew away the cobwebs of innumerable indifferent readings by lesser players. I particularly liked the fun-filled, sparkling and extrovert finale. It was a delight.
Ian Munro’s Tales of Old Russia draws its inspiration from folktales – and what engaging material it is. Nimble fingers and unflagging energy are crucial requirements in the outer movements but it was the central movement – a musical response to the tale of The Snow Maiden – that provided the most satisfying listening.
It’s about a childless couple who build a daughter out of snow. She comes to life in the winter but melts away during a fireside dance in spring. Here, Christoph (piano), Georg (violin) and Florian (cello) Eggner did wonders, taking us into a world of glowing tonal colour that I’d gladly have listened to again.
Death and the Soldier – the finale – is no less meaningful, an engagingly quirky, robust march that makes a graceful obeisance to Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale. There’s also an element of percussion with violinist and cellist setting their instruments aside for a few moments while they used tiny mallets to tap out rhythms on wood blocks before again taking up fiddle and cello for a delicious little waltz.
Here’s music that thoroughly deserves incorporation into the standard repertoire.
Would that the Eggner Trio had played Dvorak’s Trio opus 65 (scheduled for concerts in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane) instead of Saint-Saens’ Trio in E minor, which, like all else on the program, was played with immense finesse. But not even the persuasiveness of these exceptional musicians could dissuade me from the view that, for much of the time, Saint-Saens’ music natters on and on – but without saying anything of any real substance.
Sober-suited during the first half of the program, the Eggners wore startlingly bright red shirts after the interval.