Album: Schubert, Fibonacci Sequence (Deux-Elles)

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Composed in 1824 between Death and the Maiden and the Ninth Symphony, the Octet, scored for string quartet plus clarinet, bassoon, horn and double bass, is a leisurely and sunny respite between demanding monoliths.

The ever adaptable Fibonacci Sequence – ensemble in residence at Kingston School of Music – here led by Jack Liebeck, savour the six movements in a beautifully balanced recording that bowls along with affectionate sweetness.