Fasch - Quartets and Concertos (24/192 FLAC)
Fasch – Quartets and Concertos (24/192 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer: Peter Whelan, Pamela Thorby, Ensemble Marsyas
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Linn
Size: 2.87 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Quartet in B flat major FWV N:B2 [1]
01. Andante
02. Allegro
03. Largo
04. Allegro

Horn Quartet in F major FWV N:F3
05. Andante
06. Allegro
07. Andante
08. Allegro

Quartet in G minor FWV N:g2
09. Largo
10. Allegro
11. Largo
12. Allegro

Bassoon Concerto in C major FWV L:C2
13. Allegro
14. Largo e staccato
15. Allegro

Recorder Concerto in F major FWV L:F6
16. Allegro
17. Largo
18. Allegro

Quartet in F major FWV N:F2
19. Largo
20. Allegro
21. Largo
22. Allegro
Recorder Quartet in B flat major FWV N:B1
23. Largo
24. Allegro
25. Largo
26. Allegro

Quintet in D minor FWV N:d2
27. Largo
28. Allegro
29. Largo
30. Allegro

Peter Whelan bassoon
Pamela Thorby recorder

Ensemble Marsyas
Josep Domènech Lafont & Molly Marsh oboe
Alec Frank-Gemmill horn
Sophie Gent & Huw Daniel violin
Alfonso Leal del Ojo Chamorro viola
Sarah McMahon cello
Thomas Dunford theorbo
Philippe Grisvard harpsichord

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.

Ensemble Marsyas’ recording of Johann Fasch’s finest chamber music demonstrates why the man and his music were so appreciated in his own lifetime.

Founding member Peter Whelan and “the queen of the recorder” (BBC Radio 3) Pamela Thorby are the soloists challenged with meeting the virtuoso demands of this engaging music. The four-movement Quartet in B flat major for recorder, oboe, violin and continuo is among one of Fasch’s most popular works; full of catchy tunes and contrapuntal ingenuity in equal measure, virtuosity is demanded from all concerned. The Concerto in F major for recorder and strings was only recently attributed to Fasch. It is full of characteristic Fasch-isms and of the same dramatic quasi-recitative style as his Bassoon Concerto.

The ensemble and featured soloists are: Josep Domènech Lafont & Molly Marsh oboe, Alec Frank-Gemmill horn, Sophie Gent & Huw Daniel violin, Alfonso Leal del Ojo Chamorro viola, Sarah McMahon cello, Thomas Dunford theorbo, Philippe Grisvard harpsichord and Pamela Thorby recorder.

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