LIVE REVIEW: Antony and Friends, Central Methodist Church Todmorden, 27th January 2018


Three string players joined Antony Brannick for a programme consisting entirely of the melodious music of Dvorak. Antony Brannick played the piano throughout the programme. It began with the Sonatina in G Major played expressively by Jonathan Whitehead on violin. This opened assertively and moved on through various moods to a thoughtful end. Then came the reflective “Waldesruhe” with David Leys on cello, and after that Fritz Kreisler’s arrangement of Dvorak’s music, the dynamic “Slavonic Fantasie”, which featured Andrew Rostron on violin.

In the second half Antony Brannick, Andrew Rostron and David Leys really gelled in the Piano Trio in G Minor (op 26). This had a dramatic opening, followed by a serious Largo and a lively, staccato Scherzo, ending with a vivid finish.

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