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CHAN 10521 - French Bassoon Works
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Available From: 01 May 2009
This appealing collection of French compositions and arrangements for bassoon and piano not only illustrates the variety and ingenuity with which French composers have written for this neglected instrument, it also highlights the importance of the Paris Conservatoire and the role of the famous Prix du Rome in nurturing generation upon generation of gifted instrumentalists and composers. This set comprises works from 1800 through to 1972, and brings together the works of Debussy, Faure, Koechlin, Pierné, Dutilleux along with the lesser known composers of Jancourt, Boutry and Bitsch.

Jancourt’s Nocturne (d’apres John Field) and Debussy’s Piano Preludes arranged for bassoon and piano here receive their premiere recordings.

"The whole program is very nice, and Geoghegan is superb. Fisher is a fantastic accompanist… The repertoire for the bassoon seemed to reach its height in the French romantic; this is a representative sample of that. The temperament of these works will appeal to quite a wide variety of tastes."
David Schwartz

American Record Guide - September/October 2009

"This is Karen Geoghegan’s second disc for Chandos in a year…. Good for her. Good for Chandos. Here is an exceptional young musician – technically highly accomplished and to whom lyrical, mellifluous playing seems to come as naturally as wit and charm”
Jeremy Nicolas

Gramophone - July 2009

           Performance  ****      Recording ****
“…. A thoughtful and inventive programme, performed with tremendous style. Familiar names and works, such as Grovlez’s Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso or the Sarabande et Cortège by Duttilleux nestle alongside more specialist, but equally engaging fare, such as Bountry’s riotous Interfèrences I, or Noël Gallon’s Recit et Allegro. More than ably partnered by Phillip Fisher, Geoghegan is a spirited advocate of these gems. Her beautiful account of Jancourt’s Nocture typifies her combination of natural musicality and exquisite tone, while her approach to Pierne’s Solo de concert and Bitsch’s Concertino underline why, at just 19 she is already a marvellous ambassador for the bassoon.”
Christopher Dingle

BBC Music Magazine - July 2009

“… a clever recital of French miniatures, ranging from Henri Dutilleux’s Chaplinesque ‘Sarabande et Cortège’ to the courtly elegies and neo-baroque fantasies of Faurège’ to the courtly elegies and neo-baroque fantasies of Faurè, Tansman and Koechlin. Closely shadowed by pianist Philip Fisher, Goeghegan shows elegance, wit a gorgeous sound and a bullet-proof technique.

The Independent - May 2009


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