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Irish Times Review of The Proud Bassoon

News August 10, 2015

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…

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Peter Whelan Interview with GoldenPlec

News July 15, 2015

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 soloist and chamber musician, Peter won a Gramophone award in 2010 for his recording of Vivaldi bassoon concertos with the group La Serenissima…

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

News July 15, 2015

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. Because ‘proud’, Whelan explains, is an adjective that was once regularly applied to the instrument…

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How to catch the seedy Undertones in the wind

News June 10, 2014

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 was a tenor, another who was a piano accompanist, and another who composed a work for a wind ensemble. They turned out to be the one person…

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Zelenka Sonatas is made BBC Magazines ‘Chamber Choice’

News March 11, 2014

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 that’s how we met…”

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Weber Concerto recording launch in Edinburgh and Glasgow with Scottish Chamber Orchestra

News March 10, 2014

Some composers are loved in their lifetime and revered for evermore. Others are misjudged by their peers and only appreciated after they’re gone. And others – groundbreakers and mavericks, superstars of their day – seem to fall out of fashion as the decades and centuries wear on. Such is the case with Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826). Perhaps his biggest mistake was to be a direct contemporary of both Beethoven (1870-1827) and Schubert (1797-1828), whose legacies have (rightfully) eclipsed his…

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