Fasch: Quartets and Concertos

Reviewed on Tue 21 Oct, 2014

We all might relish the challenge of an impressive mountain peak sometimes, but there’s an awful lot to be said for a pleasant stroll in the foothills, too. So if you ever feel that The Art of Fugue or Beethoven’s quartets might just be a little too demanding on the ears this evening, you could do a lot worse than turn to Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758), whose chamber works for wind instruments and continuo will pass the time perfectly pleasantly without making excessive demands on your concentration. Bassoon, oboes, horn and recorder all feature in this lively baroque pot pourri, in places reminiscent of Vivaldi, in others looking forward to the next generation of Bachs, specifically CPE and JC. Director of Ensemble Marsyas Peter Whelan is the bassoon soloist, and his baroque specialists are also joined by recorder expert Pamela Thorby; together they make this album a delightful musical ramble indeed.
–Mark Walker