Peter Whelan - The Proud Bassoon - BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
08 February 2014BBC Radio 3 'CD Review'
For his latest release, Whelan has deployed Ensemble Marysas
to explore some of the colourful ways in which his instrument was deployed in
the Baroque courts, street and opera house. There's pungent Rameau, the famous
Telemann Bassoon Sonata, which Whelan observes isn't uniquely tailored to the
bassoon. Although this C major sonata by J.F. Fasch obviously is.
What a satisfying, pungent sound. That is the third and
fourth movements of the C major Bassoon Sonata by J.F. Fasch. Relishing the
unique turn qualities of the instrument, played by Peter Whelan with members of
his ensemble Ensemble Marsyas. Characterful players all of them, and it's a
thoroughly enjoyable outing for the gruff Baroque double reed instrument. Music
from Rameau, Telemann and Fasch and Boismortier. The Proud Bassoon is what
they've called it; it sounds that way. New this week from Linn Records.
Related LinksEnsemble MarsyasPeter WhelanThe Proud Bassoon