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French Bassoon Works / Geoghegan, Fisher


Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10521   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Marcel BitschRoger BoutryClaude DebussyHenri Dutilleux,   ... 
Performer:  Philip FisherKaren GeogheganPhilip Fisher
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For the popular young bassoonist Karen Geoghegan this is her third recording with Chandos and aptly demonstrates the capabilities of the bassoon in this unique collection of French music, ably accompanied by Philip Fisher. BBC Music Magazine wrote of her first disc 'Geoghegan has real expressive maturity too. Elgar's Romance is heavenly and, as an encore, Gershwin's Summertime deliciously dreamy, showing off a glorious tone, coloured with gentle restrained vibrato... Buy it and share in the fun.' Whilst Double Reed Society wrote, 'This is a marvellous start with which to launch one's career. Karen should be congratulated on her achievement. I can truly say that I look forward to following her progression as she develops as a soloist and Read more matures her style.' 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.

"Here is an exceptional young musician -technically highly accomplished and to whom lyrical, mellifluous playing seems to come as naturally as wit and charm - at long last raising the profile of the orchestra's Cinderella." -- Gramophone [7/2009]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concertino for Bassoon and Piano by Marcel Bitsch
Performer:  Philip Fisher (Piano), Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Interférences by Roger Boutry
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; France 
3.
Préludes, Book 1: no 12, Minstrels by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; France 
Notes: Arranger: Bronislav Prorvich. 
4.
Children's Corner: The Little Shepherd by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Notes: Arranger: Bronislav Prorvich. 
5.
Children's Corner: no 6, Golliwogg's Cake-walk by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1908; France 
Notes: Arranger: Bronislav Prorvich. 
6.
Sarabande et cortège for Bassoon and Piano by Henri Dutilleux
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; France 
7.
Pièce for Flute and Piano by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Notes: Arranger: Fernand Oubradous. 
8.
Récit et allegro for Bassoon and Piano by Noël Gallon
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1938; France 
9.
Sicilienne et Allegro Giocoso by Gabriel Grovlez
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
10.
Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 71 by Charles Koechlin
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1919; France 
11.
Solo de concert for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 35 by Gabriel Pierné
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; France 
12.
Sonatina for Bassoon and Piano by Alexandre Tansman
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
13.
Nocturne after John Field, Op. 124 by Eugène Jancourt
Performer:  Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon), Philip Fisher (Piano)
Period: Romantic 

Sound Samples

Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso: I. Largamente - Tempo di Siciliana - Poco animando - Tempo I -
Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso: II. Allegro giocoso
Sonatine: I. Allegro con moto - Meno mosso - A tempo - Piu lento -
Sonatine: II. Aria: Largo cantabile
Sonatine: III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
Bassoon Sonata, Op. 71: I. Andante moderato - Allegretto scherzando - Tempo I
Bassoon Sonata, Op. 71: II. Nocturne: Presque adagio
Bassoon Sonata, Op. 71: III. Final: Allegro, vigoureusement et rudement rythme - Stesso tempo - Assez lent - (Movement initial)
Piece (arr. for bassoon and piano)
Interferences I
Recit et allegro
Sarabande et cortege
Bassoon Concertino
Nocturne (d'apres John Field), Op. 124
Solo de concert, Op. 35
Preludes, Book 1 (arr. for bassoon and piano): Preludes, Book 1: No. 12. Minstrels (arr. for bassoon and piano)
Children's Corner (arr. for bassoon and piano): V. The Little Shepherd
Children's Corner (arr. for bassoon and piano): VI. Golliwogg's Cake-Walk

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