LIVE REVIEW: Antony and friends – Central Methodist Church, Todmorden – 22nd June 2019

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This concert featured Antony Brannick on piano and David Leys on cello. It opened with a vigorous waltz by Chopin (Opus 18) and continued withBrahms’ cello sonata in E minor (Opus 38), with its formal but lively second movement and forceful ending.

After the break we had Beethoven’s seven playful variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”, a lovely tune from Mozart’s Magic Flute. (Number 46 of works without opus numbers – so pieces without opus numbers can have other numbers – who knew?) Then came the most interesting work of the evening; Pärt’s “Spiegel im Spiegel”. Evenly spaced piano phrases were accompanied by slow harmonisation on the cello. The effect was relaxing and fascinating. Finally came the fiery “Libertango” by Piazzolla.

The next Antony concert is on July 13. Contact abrannick@garrattslaw.co.uk or 0161 665 3502.