When I received this CD featuring Stephen Stirling, I expected to hear beautifully performed music that displayed a beautiful horn tone, abundant expression, and a stunning technique. It is very nice to have one's expectations confirmed.
This CD contains some frequently heard works along with some much less often heard gems. I was very familiar with the Strauss, Mozart and Poulenc. I have heard the Koechlin performed a few times. The Glazunov and Nielsen were delightful discoveries. I suspect that these two may be lesser known to many in the horn community. They are both shining jewels of chamber music for horn.
Stephen Stirling is a masterful performer. He plays with a light, clear, and resonant sound that is a complement to his virtuosic technique and impressive, expressive musicianship. The Fibonacci Sequence is a chamber ensemble of the highest order, with a flexible instrumentation which allows a very wide range of repertoire. This CD is a very enjoyable listening experience. It is also valuable for learning some less familiar works and for hearing some older favorites performed freshly with charm and flair.