Interview with Morgenstern Trio – part 2

DC5279_2417_Morgenstern_Trio_-®Keith_SaundersFrom its student origins the Morgenstern Trio moved rapidly to a busy schedule of international touring. This season includes three US trips, one of them directly before their Australian stint.

The trio’s members balance out the intensity of the tours where they are together 24 hours a day with their stints at home, where they live in different German cities and travel to each other’s areas for working phases.

As we discuss their living arrangements, it emerges that Klipfel had married just three days earlier.

“Often I do spend more time with the trio than with my husband,” she admits. “Sometimes that’s difficult. But I wouldn’t be happy if I couldn’t follow my passion to play together and work on all the pieces we love – and to be on stage, to get this incredible experience, to play for a fantastic public. That’s my life.”

There is a ripple of agreement through the group.

Klipfel’s passion becomes doubly evident when the subject of the trio’s Australian repertoire emerges. On the programme is Beethoven’s 6th piano trio in E flat major, written around the same time as the composer’s much more famous ‘Ghost’ trio.

“Why is this trio not played more often?” she asks. “Because it’s unbelievable – so rich in ideas, with different colours, with this fantastic genius for composition.”

They came to the piece, Hempel explains, when they were performing a cycle of all of Beethoven’s trios.

“We discovered that this is the most miraculous piece,” Hempel says. “We hope we can show what originality it has, what a special piece it is.”

© Shirley Apthorp

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