"The repertoire for wind ensemble is studded with gems - some well-known, others filed away by the cognoscenti.
The programme offered for the Fibonacci recital last week was topped by Mozart's endearing Quintet for Piano and Wind K452 and tailed by Beethoven's impressive though early Quintet for Piano and Wind Op 16.
The filling for this delectable sandwich ws provided by Richard Strauss, Jacques Ibert and Oliver Knussen. The Mozart Quintet in E flat major, belongs to the composer's great piano concerto period and the concertante manner in which he set the keyboard against the winds makes its style quite obvious.
Kathron Sturrock at the piano exploited the virtuoso piano part to the full, while her four partners were in equally splendid form. The Larghetto was handled with poise and final Allegretto no less captivating. Richard Strauss' Andante for Horn and Piano was intended as a movement of a sonata that he never completed.
Written for his parents' silver wedding, it is sentimental and a mite intense. Not great Strauss, but pleasing with fine playing by Nicholas Korth on horn.
Jacques Ibert wrote for the stage and the dance and he was rather fond of writing suites and pieces in numerical groups. His Five Pieces for oboe, clarinet and bassoon have a pastoral flavour and the rhythmic quality of the dance.
John Anderson, oboe,Julian Farrell, clarinet and Richad Skinner, bassoon, clearly relished the music with it wit and imagination, which is utterly captivating.
Oliver Knussen's Elegiac Arabesques in memory of the composer Andrzej Panufnik, who died in 1991, is sinuous and evocative music that fulfils its task of paying a tribute that is clearly felt.
In a very real sense, the recital ended where it started, with Beethoven's Quintet for Piano and Wind that was inspired by Mozart's K452.
It was given a winning performance by the Fibonacci with Sturrock's playing being poetic in the Andante and commanding in the faster outer movements, her partnership with the wind soloists was fresh and spontaneous."
Hampstead and Highgate Express