LIVE REVIEW: Antony and Friends Concert, Central Methodist Church Todmorden, 21st November


The last of these informal concerts for the year featured strings: Jonathan Whitehead on violin, Robin Pennie on viola, David Leys on cello, and Kate Findlay on double bass, together with Antony Brannick on piano who began with ‘3 Fantasiestucke’ by Schumann (Op 111), a piece with varying moods.

Bruch’s ‘Romanze in F major’ (Op 85) for viola was played sensitively but with some uncertainty. Schubert’s ‘Sonatina in D major’ (D384) was a bright and tuneful piece, well played. Last before the interval came a duo for cello and bass in D major by Rossini, who did not let the instrumentation get him down. The musicians brought out the positive and lively feeling of the piece.

The final performance was a triumph for all the musicians, including Antony Brannick’s sparkling piano – Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ in A major (D667). A good finish to the season.

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