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The Galant Bassoon

23/09/2009
New Classics (UK)
John Pitt

The Galant Bassoon (MR 301124) features a selection of six chamber pieces by J.S. Bach, Telemann and C.P.E. Bach played by three musicians of international acclaim. Matthew Wilkie has been Principal Bassoon of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 20 years, often performing as soloist with them. Harpsichordist Neal Peres Da Costa is a well-known expert in early music performance. Kees Boersma is the accomplished Principal Bass of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The Galant Bassoon references the galant style, a change from much of the complexity and ornamentation of the Baroque to a simpler, more classical approach epitomised by the composers represented here. With their melodic exuberance, dance-like rhythms, consoling adagios and virtuosic flights of display they provide the perfect vehicle for the imagination, flair and musical artistry of the players. The extensive colour booklet contains an essay, translations and biographical notes.