Brothers show pedals power

Scott Brothers Duo • Victoria Hall, Hanley
AN ADDED dimension was on offer in the latest Organ Prom at the Victoria Hall on Saturday as both organist and pianist gave superb performances.
It was a welcome return for Manchester-born brothers Jonathan and Tom Scott following concerts throughout the country, as well as at venues in Europe, South America and the Far East.

Their reputation as one of the world's most accomplished duos was immediately obvious in their opening piece, Vittorio Monti's Czardas.

Next followed Variations on an Original Theme by Leicester-born Benjamin Burrows. This was a highlight of the concert, with evocative and beautifully balanced performances.
In Finale from Concerto Gregoriano by Pietro Alessandro Yon, once an organist at the Vatican, the Scott brothers seized the opportunity to demonstrate their brilliance with both breathtaking speed and accuracy, notably on the organ's pedal board.

Finally, and most familiar, was Saint-Saens's The Carnival of the Animals which was given an animated and powerful performance. Particularly impressive were Aquarium, with atmospheric interplay between instruments, the entrancing The Swan, and the dazzling Finale.

Cavalleria Rusticana provided the stunning encore as once again the qualities of the Scotts were readily appreciated.

Ian White - THE SENTINEL (MAY 3, 2010)

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