The Galant Bassoon

Alexander Bryce
Scotland on Sunday (UK)

Not much music has been written specifically for the bassoon, so this recording by soloist Matthew Wilkie, accompanied by harpsichord and double bass, draws all its content – except Georg Phillip Telemann's Sonata in F Minor – from music originally composed for other instruments.

Yet the transposition rarely goes awry. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Sonata for solo flute in A minor, written for the keen flautist Frederick the Great, sounds perfectly at home on the reed instrument...the quality of Wilkie's playing never falters.