The Galant Bassoon

William Yeoman
The West Australian (Australia)

In the 18th century, galant music was all about grace and elegance. This meant pleasing melodies with a light accompaniment rather than dense, complicated polyphony. Of course, most composers of the Baroque period were equally adept in both styles, including J.S. Bach and G.P. Telemann, whose works populate this new disc from Australian bassoonist Matthew Wilkie.  Many still associate the bassoon with comic outbursts or unexciting bass lines but Wilkie, with harpsichordist Neal Peres Da Costa and double bassist Kees Boersma, shows just how graceful and elegant the instrument can be in the right hands. The Galant Bassoon is a delight from start to finish.