Chamber works starring the harp are not so plentiful that Gillian Tingay and her fellow Fibs can afford to ignore Ravel's Introduction and Allegro. The light and shade of its thematic treasures, all of them beautifully nuanced by this outstanding ensemble, proclaims this
as one true masterpiece on this CD as it crowns a well-conceived sequence of lesser gems. Tingay calls the tune with a muscular cadenza to Ippolitov-Ivanov's Evening in Georgia and keeps level-pegging with Christine Sohn's deliciously adaptable violin in Saint-SaÎnsí chameleon-like Fantasy. The Classical and early Romantic representatives are far less memorable, but there's a neat harp twist to Dussek's Sonata and the instrument gets to lead the ensemble in the ensuing rondo. Bax's intriguingly varied Elegiac Trio is one of the good choices taken by the group, entertainingly underlined by Kathron Sturrock's booklet-note conversations with Tingay.