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Ensemble Marsyas - Fasch - Early Music Review

04 August 2014
Early Music Review
David Hansell

Editions and a lively essay by BC - it was immediately clear why this had been sent to someone else to review. As it is, I know one of these works really well as, given what we play, it has become our family signature tune (FWV N:Bt). This is a splendid piece and all the other quartets offer the same mix of action-packed counterpoint and graceful melodies with the USP of some spectacular bassoon parts played almost implausibly well by Peter Whelan. His colleagues are no slouches either, which is just as well as their parts are not without their challenges. The only things that jarred in an overwhelmingly joyful listening experience were a few over-scored and overactive continuo moments. But this is a prize-winning ensemble and the release may well bring them yet more glories. 
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