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J.F. Fasch: Quartets & Concertos / Ensemble Marsyas; Peter Whelan, bassoon; Pamela Thorby, recorder

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  1. Fasch — Quartet in B-Flat Major, FWV N:B2: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Fasch — Quartet in B-Flat Major, FWV N:B2: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Fasch — Quartet in B-Flat Major, FWV N:B2: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Fasch — Quartet in B-Flat Major, FWV N:B2: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Fasch — Horn Quartet in F Major, FWV N:F3: I. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Fasch — Horn Quartet in F Major, FWV N:F3: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Fasch — Horn Quartet in F Major, FWV N:F3: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Fasch — Horn Quartet in F Major, FWV N:F3: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Fasch — Quartet in G Minor, FWV N:g2: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Fasch — Quartet in G Minor, FWV N:g2: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Fasch — Quartet in G Minor, FWV N:g2: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Fasch — Quartet in G Minor, FWV N:g2: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Fasch — Bassoon Concerto in C Major, FWV L:C2: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Fasch — Bassoon Concerto in C Major, FWV L:C2: II. Largo e staccato $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Fasch — Bassoon Concerto in C Major, FWV L:C2: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Fasch — Recorder Concerto in F Major, FWV L:F6: I. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Fasch — Recorder Concerto in F Major, FWV L:F6: II. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Fasch — Recorder Concerto in F Major, FWV L:F6: III. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Fasch — Quartet in F Major, FWV N:F2: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Fasch — Quartet in F Major, FWV N:F2: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Fasch — Quartet in F Major, FWV N:F2: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Fasch — Quartet in F Major, FWV N:F2: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Fasch — Recorder Quartet in B-Flat Major, FWV N:B1: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Fasch — Recorder Quartet in B-Flat Major, FWV N:B1: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Fasch — Recorder Quartet in B-Flat Major, FWV N:B1: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Fasch — Recorder Quartet in B-Flat Major, FWV N:B1: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Fasch — Quartet in D Minor, FWV N:D2: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Fasch — Quartet in D Minor, FWV N:D2: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Fasch — Quartet in D Minor, FWV N:D2: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Fasch — Quartet in D Minor, FWV N:D2: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for 2 oboes, obbligato bassoon & continuo in B flat major, FaschWV N
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for oboe, violin, horn & continuo in F major, FWV N
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for 2 oboes, obbligato bassoon & continuo in G minor, FaschWV N
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for bassoon solo, 2 oboes, strings & b.c. in C minor, FaWV L
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for recorder, strings & basso continuo in F major, FWV L
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for 2 oboes, obbligato bassoon in F major, FaschWV N
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Sonata for recorder, 2 violins & continuo in B flat major, FWV N
>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for 2 oboes, obbligato basson & continuo in D minor, FaschWV N
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ensemble Marsyas' recording of Johann Fasch's finest chamber music demonstrates why the man and his music were so appreciated in his own lifetime. Founding member Peter Whelan and 'the queen of the recorder' (BBC Radio 3) Pamela Thorby are the soloists challenged with meeting the virtuoso demands of this engaging music. The four-movement Quartet in B-flat Major for recorder, oboe, violin and continuo is among one of Fasch's most popular works; full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity in equal measure, virtuosity is demanded from all concerned. The Concerto in F Major for recorder and strings was only recently attributed to Fasch. It is full of characteristic Fasch-isms and of the same dramatic quasi-recitative style as his Bassoon Concerto. Ensemble Marsyas' debut 'Zelenka: Sonatas', featuring some of the most spectacularly challenging music ever written for wind instruments, was named 'Chamber Choice' by BBC Music Magazine. Ensemble Marsyas was awarded both first prize and the audience prize at the 2007 Brugge International Competition. Each member has since established themselves at the forefront of their profession and individually they have been awarded accolades by both critics and the recording industry alike. The Edinburgh based chamber group comprises the best of a new generation of musicians specializing in early music from across Europe. Ensemble Marsyas is Peter Whelan - bassoon, Josep Domènech Lafont - oboe, Molly Marsh - oboe, Thomas Dunford - theorbo, Philippe Grisvard - harpsichord/organ, Christine Sticher - violone.

The Observer, 13th July 2014
This may not be the most startling or inventive music harmonically, but they use the resources of their chosen instruments brilliantly. While Pamela Thorby's recorder is crisp and reliable, the real star is Peter Whelan's bassoon, burbling through its vast range with dancing precision.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014
This recording should send Baroque music lovers clamouring for more...[Ensemble Marsyas] subtly vary and enrich the quartet textures...The real star of the show, however, is the bassoon. Fasch infused his bassoon parts with versatility...Enormously enjoyable.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2014
Wind players, and indeed all of us who respond to the rich textures and warm colours of this music, will find much here that's delightful...Thorby's playing in the two works with recorder is fluent and sensitively articulated. All is carefully documented and sympathetically recorded - this msuic positively flourishes in the hands of the Ensemble Marsyas.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Listeners will certainly not go wrong with this. Not only is the music a complete delight, but the musicians are top quality. These delightful masterpieces illustrate the virtuosity that was apparently overflowing among court musicians of the time - and the composer's often-overlooked genius. Every nuance is imbued with clear conviction and admirable command. These performers truly understand the idiom and their instruments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (08/09/2013-08/11/2013).



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>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for 2 oboes, obbligato bassoon & continuo in B flat major, FaschWV N :: B2
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (08/09/2013-08/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for oboe, violin, horn & continuo in F major, FWV N :: F3
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (08/09/2013-08/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for 2 oboes, obbligato bassoon & continuo in G minor, FaschWV N :: g1
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for bassoon solo, 2 oboes, strings & b.c. in C minor, FaWV L :: c2
  • Performer: Peter Whelan (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (08/09/2013-08/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Concerto for recorder, strings & basso continuo in F major, FWV L :: F6
  • Performer: Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (08/09/2013-08/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for 2 oboes, obbligato bassoon in F major, FaschWV N :: F2
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (08/09/2013-08/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Sonata for recorder, 2 violins & continuo in B flat major, FWV N :: B1
  • Performer: Pamela Thorby (Recorder)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (08/09/2013-08/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Fasch, Johann Friedrich : Quartet for 2 oboes, obbligato basson & continuo in D minor, FaschWV N :: d2
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: Wigmore Hall, London, UK (08/09/2013-08/11/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Chamber Music