The group's unique combination of oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon , piano and soprano allows them to perform a diverse repertoire in a wide range of musical genres.
The performers here, being very good baroque musicians indeed, have deployed a variety of continuo combinations: harpsichord or lute with violone, gamba, double bass or bassoon .
Other unique curiosities are the 3 Sonatas that the composer wrote for each of the main woodwind instruments; oboe, bassoon and clarinet, although those for cor anglais and flute never saw the light of day.
Candidates in the categories of piano, oboe and bassoon must include a recording of their own playing on either a cassette tape or DAT cassette.
To qualify they must be taking a full-time honours degree course in music studies and jazz studies playing trombone, tuba, bassoon , french horn, oboe, double bass or piano.
Playing an instrument such as the oboe or bassoon as I do, one's initial focus at university or conservatoire was inevitably the brace of chairs available in the Western symphony orchestra.
Even more surprising are the number of standard orchestral instruments that are currently under threat - double bass, viola, horn, oboe, bassoon , tuba and trombone.
Two string quartets are utilized, as are a pair of French horns, piccolo, bassoon , bassett horn, oboe and instruments usually associated with jazz.
On this recording, there are nine violins, three violas, three cellos, a double bass, one flute, three oboes, one bassoon , three trumpets, a set of timpani, and a harpsichord.
It consists of a bass line only, which is to be played on instruments such as the cello, viola de gamba, double-bass or bassoon .