Review by Brian Moore The second half of the concert season at the Windmill Studio, Swineshead, got under way recently.
Geoffrey Pratley and Anne Applin, on two pianos, had visited, with great acclaim, on several previous occasions.
A quick glance at the programme promised an evening of great musical variety and interest, and so it proved. The first part featured music by Handel and Mozart. Three short, delightful pieces by the Russian composer Gliere were followed by a towering ‘tour de force’ by Brahms – his two-piano version of the first movement of his first Piano Concerto. This work is on an immense scale and the performers received an almost stunned ovation from the appreciative audience.
Delightful works by a variety of composers were featured in the second part of the evening – such as Shostakovich and Arthur Benjamin, Schumann and Brazilian born Octavio Pinto - concluding with almost outrageous arrangements of Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Country Gardens ‘dished up’ - as he used to say - by Percy Grainger.
An evening of great musical accomplishment, interest and enjoyment.