Carl Vine on Morgenstern Trio & Christopher Moore
Not only does every International Concert Season need to contain something surprising, it should also contain some performers new to our continent, or new to Musica Viva audiences.
Such musicians are likely to be young, energetic and highly motivated, and can be found this year in the Morgenstern Trio, which first visited Australia in 2007 as a newly-formed ensemble participating in the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Since then the group’s stature has grown considerably, resulting in regular concert tours across much of the world.
As is common with young chamber groups, the trio’s members delight in each other’s company as much as in the beauty of the repertoire – a shared passion for the music reinforcing the sheer joy of performance. For this national concert tour the Morgensterns are joined by Australian violist Christopher Moore, who as Principal Viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra has formidable experience in chamber music.
The trio’s players are delighted to champion Beethoven’s often-neglected sixth piano trio (op 72 no 2) which they consider a “most miraculous piece”, as well as adding to their repertoire the now classic Piano Trio composed in 1999 by Australia’s Ross Edwards.
By adding Moore to the mix we get to dip into the piano quartet archive, which gets aired only rarely in our International Concert Season. The program starts with Gustav Mahler’s only surviving foray into the chamber form – his Piano Quartet of 1876, written (at least in its first iteration) as a 16-year-old music student. In intriguing contrast, the program closes with Robert Schumann’s masterful piano quartet (op 47) written at the peak of his mature compositional power.
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