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CHAN 10521

French Bassoon Works

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2009

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Karen Geoghegan

bassoon

Philip Edward Fisher

piano

Venue:

Potton Hall Studio, Westleton, Suffolk



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Paul Quilter

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Woodwind


Piano

Total Time - 73:22
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GABRIEL GROVLEZ

(1879-1944)
 

Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso (1930)

5:59  
  À mon amie Léon Letellier, Professeur au Conservatoire  
1 Largamente - Tempo di Siciliana - Poco animando - Tempo I - 3:55
2 Allegro giocoso 2:05
   
 

ALEXANDRE TANSMAN

(1897-1986)
 

Sonatine (1952)

7:38  
  À Gustave Dhérin  
3 I Allegro con moto - Meno mosso - A tempo - Più lento - 2:11
4 II Aria. Largo cantabile 2:44
5 III Scherzo. Molto vivace 2:40
   
 

CHARLES KOECHLIN

(1867-1950)
 

Sonata, Op. 71 (1918-19)

8:58  
6 I Andante moderato - Allegretto scherzando - Tempo I 2:36
7 II Nocturne. Presque adagio 2:44
8 III Final. Allegro, vigoureusement et rudement rythmé- 3:35
   
 

GABRIEL FAURE

(1845-1924)
  Transcribed 1920 by Fernand Oubradous (1903-1986)  
9 

Pièce (c. 1887)

3:05
  Adagio, molto tranquillo  
 

ROGER BOUTRY

(b. 1932)
10 

Interférences I (1972)

9:16
  À Monsieur Maurice Allard, Professeur au Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris  
  Allegro (crotchet=80) - Cadence - Allegro - Cadence -  
 

GABBIER NOEL GALLON

(1891-1966)
11 

Récit et Allegro (1938)

5:44
  À Fernand Oubradous  
  Lento - Animando molto - Allegro - Più lento - Allegro - Più vivo  
 

HENRI DUTILLEUX

(b. 1916)
12 

Sarabande et Cortège (1942)

7:41
  À Monsieur Gustave Dhérin, Professeur au Conservatoire national de Paris  
  Assez lent - Animex un peu - Animez toujours - Ritenuto -  
 

MARCEL BITSCH

(b. 1921)
13 

Concertino (1948)

7:29
  À Monsieur Gustave Dhérin, Professeur au Conservatoire national de Paris  
  Andante - Animando - Tempo I - Animando - Cadenza - Allegro vivace  
 

LOUIS MARIE EUGENE JANCOURT

(1815-1901)
premiere recording
14 

Nocturne (d'après John Field), Op. 124

4:16
  À mon fils  
  Andante - Cantabile  
 

GABRIEL PIERNE

(1863-1937)
15 

Solo de concert, Op. 35 (1898)

5:35
  Allegro non troppo - Allegro scherzando  
 

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

(1862-1918)
  From Five Pieces transcribed 1992 by Bronislav Prorvich  
  premier recordings  
16 

Minstrels, No. 12 from Preludes, Book I (c. 1910)

2:22
  Modéré (nerveux et avec humour)  
17 

The Little Shepherd, No. 5 from 'Children's Corner' (1906-08)

2:36
  Très modéré  
18 

Golliwog's Cake-Walk, No. 6 from 'Children's Corner' (1906-08)

2:48
  Allegro giusto - Un peu moins vite - Tempo I  
This is the third recording for Chandos by the popular young bassoonist Karen Geoghegan. It ably demonstrates the capabilities of the bassoon in this unique collection of French music, sensitively 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 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.

"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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T Russell

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J Furniss