Entries by Peter Whelan

Irish Times Review of The Proud Bassoon

It was Johann Mattheson who referred to “the proud bassoon” as long ago as 1713. The baroque bassoon is a kind of dancing bear, one gifted with the stamina and skill to achieve Riverdance-like energy levels, but also with a penchant for melancholy and mournfulness.

Peter Whelan Interview with GoldenPlec

One of the most engaging of the current generation of Irish early-music players, Peter Whelan returns to Dublin in June with his Edinburgh-based group Ensemble Marsyas. Principal bassoonist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2008, he is familiar to Dublin audiences from his work with the Irish Baroque Orchestra. Also in demand as both a […]

Peter Whelan Interview with Kate Molleson (The Herald, 2014)

The Proud Bassoon. That’s the name of a new album of baroque chamber music from the Irish bassoonist Peter Whelan and Ensemble Marsyas. There is no exclamation mark, no hint of irony. The cover art shows an elegant 18th century chap holding an elegant 18th century wooden instrument. The text is in unapologetic lime green. […]

How to catch the seedy Undertones in the wind

The bassoon is hardly the most glamorous instrument, but musician Peter Whelan enjoys being right there ‘when everything goes wrong’. BEFORE MEETING up with the bassoonist Peter Whelan, I trawled through old listings files to see what he had been up to in Dublin when he was young. I came across a Peter Whelan who […]

Zelenka Sonatas is made BBC Magazine ‘Chamber Choice’

Your wind group Ensemble Marsyas formed in 2011, and you’ve just released your debut disc. How did the ensemble get started? “We met at the music conservatory in Basel when we were students. It was a great place for early music performance practice. There were some fantastic oboe and bassoon teachers there at the time, so […]