Zelenka Sonatas

Ensemble Marsyas’ Linn debut features three of the extraordinary trio sonatas by the Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka for violin, two oboes, bassoon and continuo on period instruments. They are joined by Baroque violinist Monica Huggett.

These sonatas represent the most spectacularly challenging music ever written for wind instruments in terms of their utopian demands on the technique of the players, their musical integrity and their breathtaking scale. This repertoire saw the ensemble awarded both first prize and the audience prize at the 2007 Brugge International Competition.

The recording made the Baker and Taylor ‘Hotlist’: ‘[a] gorgeous disc …the members of Ensemble Marsyas acquit themselves beautifully. Strongly recommended.’

Peter Whelan – bassoon, Josep Domènech Lafont – oboe, Molly Marsh – oboe, Thomas Dunford – theorbo, Philippe Grisvard – harpsichord/organ, Christine Sticher – violone.

ICMA Nominee
Best Baroque Instrumental Album

2013 Awards

Chamber ‘Choice’
BBC Music Magazine
‘…the players combine wit, taste and an earthy Bohemian wink to win the heart.’

 ‘Supersonic Award’ from Pizzicato December 2012


Sonata V in F Major ZWV.181/5
Sonata III in B-flat Major ZWV.181/3
Sonata VI in Cminor ZWV.181/6
Andante from Simphonie à 8 Concertanti in A minor ZWV. 189 2:58