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

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…