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The Proud Bassoon - Virtuoso Works for Baroque Bassoon and Continuo

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'The Proud Bassoon' marks the debut solo recording of Peter Whelan, singled out for praise in his performances with the
Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble Marsyas. 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. Principal bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra since 2008, Whelan has received frequent
praise from the critics: 'Peter Whelan combines agility with lyricism and laid-back grace' (Gramophone). Equally at home
on modern and historical instruments, Whelan has a diverse repertoire spanning over four centuries and is in constant
demand as a soloist and chamber musician. He has received glowing responses from audiences and critics across the globe,
including a Gramophone Award for his recording of the Vivaldi Bassoon Concertos with La Serenissima. Whelan is the
founder and artistic director of Ensemble Marsyas whose debut album of Zelenka Sonatas received a Supersonic Award and
was named BBC Music Magazine's 'Chamber Choice'.