Josep Domenech Lafont oboe
Molly Marsh oboe
Peter Whelan bassoon
Thomas Dunford theorbo
Philippe Grisvard harpsichord/organ
Christine Sticher violone
Formed to explore the virtuoso wind music from the eighteenth century, the Edinburgh based Ensemble Marsyas counts amongst its members some of the finest historical instrumentalists working in Europe today. Having first met whilst studying in Basel and performing with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the core members of the ensemble went on to win first prize and audience prize at the 2007 Brugge International Competition playing the music of Zelenka. Each member has since established themselves at the forefront of the profession and individually they have been awarded accolades by both critics and the recording industry alike. Their debut recording of the Sonatas of Zelenka (Linn), was awarded a Pizzicato-Supersonic Award and was named BBC Music Magazine's ‘Chamber Choice'.
Ensemble Marsyas is in demand at prestigious festivals across Europe and future plans include appearances at Wigmore Hall, the Festival di Musica Antica delle Camelie (Ticino- Switzerland) and at the East Neuk Festival with fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout as well as a continued collaboration with Gramophone Magazine's ‘Label of the Year' Linn.
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Early Music Review
'...an overwhelmingly joyful listening experience...'more >>The Guardian
'...the real star is Peter Whelan's bassoon, burbling through its vast range with dancing precision, underpinning the quartets and shining in a C major concerto...'more >>BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
'delightful wind chamber music'more >>Irish Times
'...you can expect to be delighted by the distinctive colours as well as the often gutsy brio of the playing.'more >>Positive Feedback Online
'The realism and dimensionality with this fine Linn release should not be missed.'more >>Early Music Review
‘Peter Whelan’s playing is always a delight to hear – full of life, interest and variety, and clearly demonstrates why the bassoon has every right to be proud!’more >>BBC Music Magazine
'A variety of frivolités round off a splendid recital.'Crescendo
'Es enthält so überwältigend schöne Musik, dass man gar nicht anders kann, als sich auf den ersten Blick zu verlieben.'more >>Kulture Radio
A glowing review in German: 'rundum hörenswert'more >>ClassicFM
'Choice for the Very Curious': 'The bassoon is the clown of the orchestra, but it wasn't always so. And this album goes some way to change this.'BBC Radio 3 'In Tune'
'Delightful. You’ve made the case for the renaissance of the bassoon.'BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
‘What a satisfying, pungent sound.’more >>Daily Telegraph
'The brilliant playing of Ensemble Marsyas is fully equal to Zelenka's virtuoso demands, and the music's vivacity is matched by its elegance.'more >>Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist
'Strongly recommended to all early music collections.'more >>Limelight Magazine
'These sonatas are superb examples of the quadro sonata, a genre in which all four voices were given fully independent parts.'American Record Guide
'an outstanding recording'more >>Fanfare
'Everyone blends well and the tone colors are striking...'more >>PSTracks
'If you think you know Baroque music, you're in for a series of pleasant shocks...It's the recording I have played and replayed the most this month.'more >>audaud.com
'virtuosic to an extreme degree.'more >>SA-CD.net
'If you think you know Baroque music, you're in for a series of pleasant shocks.'more >>Pizzicato
'Super Sonic Award': Review in Frenchmore >>BBC Music Magazine
Chamber Choice: '...the players combine wit, taste and an earthy Bohemian wink to win the heart.'more >>Music Web International
'These works are witty, enjoyable, enterprising and challenging...'more >>Gramophone
'Zelenka revival arrives at the chamber works.'more >>Double Reed News
Zelenka in Scotlandmore >>International Record Review
'They bring bags of bite and energy to the unison theme of the opening ritornello movement...'more >>Music Web International
'...direct and exciting – still refined and beautifully transparent of sound, but with greater impulse and energy.'more >>The Irish Times
These sonatas, by Jan Dismas Zelenka, may be nearly 300 years old, but the Bohemian composer's music has lost nothing of its capacity to surprise.more >>The Herald
'Why there's an air of genius in the wind'more >>The Observer