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Schubert: Octet for winds and strings D.803 / Fibonacci Sequence

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Octet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Strings in F major, D 803/Op. 166
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Fibonacci Sequence is now well established as one of the foremost chamber ensembles in Britain. Composed of musicians of international repute and distinguished by the variety and imagination of its programming, the ensemble is in residence at Kingston University.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Here's a recording that has it all! Tuning, intonation, and accuracy are perfect. In the opening movement a living pulse quickens the floating, dancing musicality. The melody line is always clear, but subsidiary lines are perfectly placed because of their clipped rhythmic upbeat, tone colors, and character. Even with the repeat of the exposition, which is played even fresher the second time, the movement never seems long. The players have a superb grasp of form - one big arch.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
In any case, no questioning the clean playing or warmth of tone. This group is truly excellent, and I'm sure the members thought their approach to this piece through long and hard before committing it to disc. Simply because it is such a difficult instrument to play, and play well, I must single out hornist Stephen Stirling for his outstanding playing, but no one in the ensemble needs to take a back seat to any of the others in any competing chamber groups. They are that good. My own favorite performance of this Octet is by the Berlin Soloists on Apex...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Suffolk (09/2008).


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>Schubert, Franz : Octet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon and Strings in F major, D 803/Op. 166
  • Ensemble: Fibonacci Sequence
  • Notes: Composition written: 1824.
  • Running Time: 50 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1824