CONCERT REVIEW: Antony and Friends – Central Methodist Church, Todmorden – 22nd April 2023


The concert first half featured Antony Brannick on piano and Chris Irvin on oboe. He brought out the best in this deep-toned wind instrument. They opened with Holford’s quirky “Dance for a Gnome”, followed by Besozzi’s Sonata in C major for oboe and piano, with its varying moods. An accomplished performance of Haydn’s piano sonata in C major (Hob XVI:21) followed. Then came Albinoni’s concerto for oboe in G minor: a fast but formal allegro followed by a reflective adagio and a hopeful last allegro.

The two reunited after the interval for Boyce’s Gavotte and Gigue: two dance tunes, one formal and the other bright.

Then Jonathan Whitehead on violin joined Antony Brannick for a powerful performance of Beethoven’s sonata for violin and piano in F major (op 24). It is called “Spring” and reflected the hopeful feel of the season.

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