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JF Fasch Quartets and Concertos Peter Whelan (bassoon), Pamela Thorby (recorder), Ensemble Marsyas (LINN)

July 13, 2014

Nicholas Kenyon

The Edinburgh-based Ensemble Marsyas have made a speciality of the neglected wind music of the 18th century, and here they unearth some spectacularly virtuosic pieces featuring recorder, bassoon and horn by the little-known Johann Friedrich Fasch. This may not be the most startling or inventive music harmonically, but they use the resources of their instruments brilliantly. Pamela Thorby's recorder is crisp and reliable, but the real star is Peter Whelan's bassoon, burbling through its vast range with dancing precision, underpinning the quartets and shining in a C major concerto whose central Largo pits soloist against slashing string chords. Nicholas Kenyon

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Source: Observer (UK)

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