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The Proud Bassoon: Virtuoso Works for Baroque Bassoon and Continuo by Fasch, Couperin, Telemann, Boismortier et al. / Peter Whelan, bassoon

Audio Samples

  1. The Proud Bassoon — Les Indes galantes: Les Sauvages (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. The Proud Bassoon — La Fabrit, "La Furstemberg" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. The Proud Bassoon — Les Indes galantes: Tambourins (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in G Major, Op. 50, No. 2: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  5. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in G Major, Op. 50, No. 2: II. Allemanda. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  6. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in G Major, Op. 50, No. 2: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  7. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in G Major, Op. 50, No. 2: IV. Giga $0.99 on iTunes
  8. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in C Major, FaWV N:C 1: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  9. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in C Major, FaWV N:C 1: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  10. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in C Major, FaWV N:C 1: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  11. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in C Major, FaWV N:C 1: IV. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  12. The Proud Bassoon — Les goûts-réunis, ou Noveaux concerts, Concerto No. 13 in G Major: I. Vivement $0.99 on iTunes
  13. The Proud Bassoon — Les goûts-réunis, ou Noveaux concerts, Concerto No. 13 in G Major: II. Air agréablement $0.99 on iTunes
  14. The Proud Bassoon — Les goûts-réunis, ou Noveaux concerts, Concerto No. 13 in G Major: III. Sarabande tendrement $0.99 on iTunes
  15. The Proud Bassoon — Les goûts-réunis, ou Noveaux concerts, Concerto No. 13 in G Major: IV. Chaconne légère $0.99 on iTunes
  16. The Proud Bassoon — Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:F1: I. Triste $0.99 on iTunes
  17. The Proud Bassoon — Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:F1: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  18. The Proud Bassoon — Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:F1: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  19. The Proud Bassoon — Sonata in F Minor, TWV 41:F1: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  20. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in E Minor, Op. 50, No. 1: I. Andante - Staccato $0.99 on iTunes
  21. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in E Minor, Op. 50, No. 1: II. Allemanda. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  22. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in E Minor, Op. 50, No. 1: III. Aria. Affetvos $0.99 on iTunes
  23. The Proud Bassoon — Bassoon Sonata in E Minor, Op. 50, No. 1: IV. Gavotta. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  24. The Proud Bassoon — Eileen Aroon with Variations $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Anonymous : Les Gentils Airs - ou Airs Connus, ajustée en duo, collection of popular tunes transcribed for 2 cel
>Boismortier, Joseph Bodin : Sonata for bassoon & continuo in G major, Op. 50/2
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Sonata for bassoon & continuo in C major
>Couperin, François : Treizième concert, for 2 instruments in G major (Les Goûts réunis)
>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Sonata for bassoon (or recorder) & continuo in F minor (GMM no 36), TWV 41
>Boismortier, Joseph Bodin : Sonata for bassoon & continuo in E minor, Op. 50/1
>Dubourg, Matthew : Eileen Aroon with Variations, for bassoon & continuo
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This unique album is a collection of the very best of the virtuoso solo music composed for the galant French styled baroque bassoon. Included are a wide range of works composed for the court, the Opèra, for the home and from the street, brought back to life by Peter and special guests Ensemble Marsyas.

The basson or bassoon inspired many now forgotten high-level artworks by the greatest French composers. As the leaders in musical fashion, they in turn influenced their German contemporaries who were inspired by the elegance and lyrical possibilities of the new French instrument, especially in the expressive tenor register.

This recording includes a world-premiere of the Irish Air, Eileen Aroon, arranged for bassoon and continuo by Handel's first violinist in Dublin, Matthew Dubourg. This beautiful melody subsequently became very popular in Europe and inspired compositions by both Haydn and Beethoven.

BBC Music Magazine, May 2014
Late Baroque composers were attracted by the expressive character of this mellow, darkly coloured instrument, and Peter Whelan explores its potential with affection and technical assurance...A variety of frivolités round off a splendid recital.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2014
This programme of 18th-century music...demonstrates the bassoon's capabilities to conjure a variety of colours and moods that any serious-minded artist can be proud of...My jaw dropped at the dexterous virtuosity of Whelan's playing...Baroque chamber music showcasing solo bassoon might not sound like an obvious winner but in the event it's a triumph.

MusicWeb International, 2nd May 2014
Technical traversal is something taken for granted in his performances - he is the Indiana Jones of bassoon playing - but allied to this is his splendid sense of legato...Though the focus is inevitably on Whelan, it would be quite wrong to omit a salute to Sarah McMahon (cello), Thomas Dunford (lute) and Philippe Grisvard (keyboard) who provide such articulate and deft colour-conscious collaboration.

International Record Review, May 2014
Whelan and his colleagues deliver full-blooded and highly virtuosic accouns of the Boismortier, Fasch and Telemann. The slow movements are appropriately gentle, too...Supremely agile, spirited and good-humoured performances.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
There are a handful of baroque bassoonists who inspire me, and Peter Whelan is now one of them. His technique is clean and not lacking in nuance, and he plays artistically and expressively. Ensemble Marsyas is a delight. In each piece the listener hears how responsive they are to each other and how well they have crafted their interpretations. The liner notes rather artfully describe the evolution of the bassoon from its primitive roots to the more fully emancipated bassoon of the 18th Century, as depicted in these works. This album is a delightful way to spend an hour.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (09/04/2012-09/06/2012).



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Works Details

>Anonymous : Les Gentils Airs - ou Airs Connus, ajustée en duo, collection of popular tunes transcribed for 2 cel
  • Performer: Peter Whelan (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (09/04/2012-09/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Boismortier, Joseph Bodin : Sonata for bassoon & continuo in G major, Op. 50/2
  • Performer: Peter Whelan (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (09/04/2012-09/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1734

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Sonata for bassoon & continuo in C major
  • Performer: Peter Whelan (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (09/04/2012-09/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Couperin, François : Treizième concert, for 2 instruments in G major (Les Goûts réunis)
  • Performer: Peter Whelan (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (09/04/2012-09/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Telemann, Georg Philipp : Sonata for bassoon (or recorder) & continuo in F minor (GMM no 36), TWV 41 :: f1
  • Performer: Peter Whelan (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (09/04/2012-09/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1728

>Boismortier, Joseph Bodin : Sonata for bassoon & continuo in E minor, Op. 50/1
  • Performer: Peter Whelan (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (09/04/2012-09/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1734

>Dubourg, Matthew : Eileen Aroon with Variations, for bassoon & continuo
  • Performer: Peter Whelan (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (09/04/2012-09/06/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque