Antara Duo - 10th November 2015
Thomas Hancox - flute
Rachel Wick - harp
The November concert of Chipping Sodbury Music Society featured the Antara Duo, Thomas Hancox flute and Rachel Wick harp, sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
The ‘Histoire du Tango’ by Piazzolla provided a lively opening. An Intermezzo by Andriessen, a richly sonorous work, followed. Debussy’s ‘Syrinx’, arranged for solo flute, was an evocative piece. The ‘Sonata for Flute and Harp’ by Bax, a substantial work, taxed both instruments to the full. An attractive Irish folk tune was woven into the first and last movements. After the interval variations on ‘Early Morning’ was a delightful, real showcase for flute and harp.
In Fauré’s ‘Une chatêlaine en sa tour’ for solo harp a restful and serene atmosphere prevailed. Saxton’s tone poem King Herla, commissioned specially by the Duo in 2013, is based on a legendary King of the Britons and encompasses many different moods. An alto flute and piccolo added variety to this interesting work. Borne’s ‘Fantaisie brillante sûr Carmen’, with all the familiar tunes played with great gusto, gave a rousing finale to a concert of impeccable playing by two young artists already making their mark in the world of classical music.
As one member of the audience wrote to us after this performance, “I just had to write to say how much I enjoyed the breathtakingly beautiful concert played by the Antara Duo. Rachel and Thomas played with outstanding flair and accuracy and were utterly spellbinding. Their sheer brilliance shone through every note in every bar of every piece.”
Gerry Philp – 13th November 2015