“Now into its eleventh year, the British-based ensemble The Fibonacci Sequence has established a reputation for the variety of its programming and the consistently high quality
of its performances. On the basis of this, the Fibonacci’s latest CD, that reputation is entirely justified.
Under the somewhat conventional title ‘Harp’, the Fibonacci’s Gillian Tingay has put together an inventive and entertaining exploration of chamber music for her instrument.
Some of it is familiar repertoire; other works are a delightful surprise. Ippolitov-Ivanov’s An Evening in Georgia, for instance, is a particularly beguiling piece.....the performance is exemplary: the blend and ensemble are excellent and the whole is set off by some exceptionally exquisite oboe playing. The Saint-Saëns Fantaisie, on the other hand, is a veritable tour de force for violin and harp. Finesse is the watchword here: throughout, the virtuosic writing for both instruments is effortlessly managed. Of the more mainstream works, Dussek’s is given as suave a performance as one could want. If the dynamic here is less than Danielle Perrett dares to achieve on her single-action harp, the classical restraint that Tingay reveals, coupled with her sense of forward momentum, delivers Dussek in wonderfully sophisticated guise. Again, the accompaniments from the violin, and especially the cello, are subtle in the extreme.
Technically, the recording is a model of clarity. Every detail and nuance can be heard, although at times one could wish for a little less........If recordings of solo harp music can suffer on occasions from the almost inevitable swooping arpeggios and glissandi within a relatively limited dynamic range, this CD is surely the antidote. Indeed, it sets the benchmark for what ensembles like The Fibonacci Sequence can achieve at their best.
In short, this is a very enjoyable recording, thoughtfully programmed and admirable well-delivered by all concerned.”
International Record Review