........ the wildly popular Concert Conversations series Lane has added to the program. As members of Sturrock's celebrated chamber ensemble, The Fibonacci Sequence, chat about life, trials and motivations under gentle prompting from Lane, it is like eavesdropping on a circle of engaging friends.
Sturrock, a slight figure with twinkling eyes and hands that can produce thunder from a piano,
falters slightly after telling of a clash she had with leading German soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf while
working for Schwarzkopf's masterclasses across Europe.
"She said, `Why do you play it like that?' And I said, `But I like it this way'. And she said, `But who are you? You are nobody. You are less than dirt'."Blinded by tears, unable to wipe them away, Sturrock had to play the piece over and over, the way the grande dame insisted. Now, decades later, she is troubled again, fearing she has portrayed the
diva in a poor light. Dashing young violin prodigy Jack Liebeck describes life as a juggling act, between orchestral work in Oslo, performing with Fibonacci and developing an interest in physics, specifically string
theory, on the side.
"You don't actually have a career, do you? It's not like, now I've got a proper job. But I hope things keep coming along."
The five Fibonacci musicians, who now seem even more admirable and brilliant than they did before, follow up with a short Max Bruch piece for piano, viola and clarinet and then a Ravel sonata for violin and cello.
Applause threatens to lift the roof.