The Proud Bassoon

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.

Reviews

 ‘Whelan’s performances of these varied pieces are a delight, and in every way he meets the challenges presented by them. The spicy tone of his instrument is invigorating and well captured by the recording.’SA-CD.net

‘Delightful. You’ve made the case for the renaissance of the bassoon.’ BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’

 ‘Peter Whelan offers bassoon sonatas by Fasch and Telemann, which are among the first of their kind…’ The Irish Times

Programme

ANONYMOUS
Les Gentils Airs – ou Airs Connus, ajustée en duo, pour basson seul accompagné d’un claveci
Les Sauvages (arr. Jean-Philippe Rameau
La Furstemberg Tamborin (arr.Jean-PhilippeRameau)

JOSEPH BODIN DE BOISMORTIER (1689 – 1755)
Sonata in G Major for bassoon and continuo, Op. 50 No. 2

JOHANN FRIEDRICH FASCH (1688 – 1758)
Sonata in C Major for bassoon and continuo, FaWV N:C 1

FRANÇOIS COUPERIN(1668-1733)
Les goûts-réunis, ou Noveaux concerts: Treizième Concert

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681 – 1767)
Sonata in F minor, TWV 41:f1

JOSEPH BODIN DE BOISMORTIER (1689 – 1755)
Sonata in E minor for bassoon and continuo, Op. 50 No. 1

MATTHEW DUBOURG (1707 – 1767)
Eileen Aroon with variations set by Mr. Dubourg

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