Reviews

Granted, no bassoonist could have been more persuasive than the lithe, lush-toned Peter Whelan. Emerging from a puff of smoke in costume, quiff and shades, he made the instrument squeal and swoon – and all this from a noted baroque specialist.

The Guardian

The Guardian

Gorgeous renditions of Vivaldi's bassoon concertos

New York Times

New York Times

Bassoonist Peter Whelan is outstanding, although the whole group plays with uncanny rapport, turning Fasch's smart blends of instrumental timbres, baroque and galant styles, elegant Largos and frisky, virtuosic Allegros, into a stream of unalloyed listening pleasure
 

Early Music Review

New York Times

Marsyas offers magnetic support with strings and woodwind lithe yet solid

Irish Independent

Irish Independent

The ensemble, under the leadership of musical director Peter Whelan, display tight ensemble playing and manage to envelop the Royal Chapel with their energy and musicality.

Goldenplec.com

Goldenplec.com

Such overwhelmingly beautiful music that one can not help but to fall in love at first sight

Crescendo Magazine (Germany)

Crescendo Magazine (Germany)

Peter Whelan is a phenomenon on the baroque bassoon. The colour and lyricism he brings out of this difficult instrument compels a deep respect.

Crescendo Magazine (Germany)

Crescendo Magazine (Germany)

Absolute master of Fleet facility with a solidly plush tone of wondrous immediacy

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Inquirer

The highlight of an evening of sparky and lively music-making which included the Four Seasons was Peter Whelan’s wonderfully agile handling of the almost cartoonishly vivacious Bassoon Concerto... a tour-de-force of wind playing if ever there was one.

Irish Times

Irish Times

Peter Whelan beguiles our senses with his mellifluous playing. Its outer movement require athleticism and Whelan qualifies for gold.

International Record Review

International Record Review

Held in the palm of the hall's clear acoustics, bassoonist Peter Whelan was particularly impressive

The Independent

The Independent

The players combine wit, taste and an earthy Bohemian wink to win the heart

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

His music positively flourishes in the hands of the Ensemble Marsyas

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

The players are audibly intelligent, at once humorous and illuminating

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

Ensemble Marsyas impresses me with their nimble fingers but it's the group's nuance that's transfixing

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Music Magazine

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 lyrical soloist against slashing string chords

The Guardian

The Guardian

Conjures a variety of colours and moods that any serious-minded artist can be proud of

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

Combining agility with lyricism and laid-back grace

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

Soft of sound, easy of technique and with the lyrical skills to bring depth to the slow movement

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

Mozart’s bassoon concerto is performed with devotion and skill

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

The real star of the show, however, is the bassoon

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

Baroque chamber music showcasing solo bassoon might not sound like an obvious winner but in the event it’s a triumph

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

Ardent singing quality and flexible brilliance

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

Jaw-dropping dexterous virtuosity

Gramophone Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

…The Ensemble Marsyas impresses me with their nimble fingers in the breakneck Sonata No. 5, but it's the group's nuance that's transfixing…The players are audibly intelligent, at once humorous and illuminating.

BBC Music Magazine

Gramophone Magazine

…particularly charming is the seductive Largo…mellifluously played by Peter Whelan.

BBC Music Magazine

August 2010

The highlight of an evening of sparky and lively music-making which included the Four Seasons was Peter Whelan's wonderfully agile handling of the almost cartoonishly vivacious Bassoon Concerto… a tour-de-force of wind playing if ever there was one.

Irish Times

2011

Peter Whelan beguiles our senses with his mellifluous playing. Its outer movement require athleticism and Whelan qualifies for gold.

International Record Review

September 2012

The highlight was Peter Whelan's fabulously expressive interpretation of Johann Fasch's colourful Bassoon Concerto, puttering and soaring joyously above the well-met consort.

The Times

August 2013

Peter has recently joined the teaching faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has given masterclasses at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.