Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music magazine wrote about the bassoonist's first disc on Chandos "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 the fun." Double Reed Society had this to say "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."
Gabriel Grovlez - Sicilienne et Allegro giocoso
Alexandre Tansman - Sonatine
Charles Koechlin - Sonata, Op. 71
Gabriel Fauré - Pièce
Roger Boutry - Interférences I
Gabbier Noël Gallon - Recit et Allegro
Henri Dutilleux - Sarabande et Cortege
Marcel Bitsch - Concertino
Louis Marie Eugene Jancourt - Nocturne (d'apres John Field)
Gabriel Pierné - Solo de Concert, Op. 35
Achille-Claude Debussy - Minstrels, No. 12 (from Preludes, Book I)
The Little Sheperd, No. 5 (From Children's Corner)
Golliwogg's Cake-Walk, No. 6 (From Children's Corner)
Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon)
Philip Fisher (Piano)
This young star bassoonist has brought a great deal of attention to solo repertoire for her instrument. Gorgeous French Romantic and Impressionist music (including works by Debussy and Faur ) in an intimate chamber recital.
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.
The Independent on Sunday
Closely shadowed by pianist Philip Fisher, Geoghegan shows elegance, wit, a gorgeous sound and a bulletproof technique.
She's only 20, but her agility and subtlety are already awesome. Who said the bassoon couldn't be lyrical? Some of the music has meat, too, such as Dutilleux's Sarabande et Cortège and the Koechlin Sonata. Philip Fisher's piano accompaniments are most adroit.
BBC Music Magazine
... a thoughtful and inventive programme, performed with tremendous style. ... Geoghegan is a spirited advocate of these gems. Her beautiful account of Jancourt's Nocturne typifies her combination of natural musicality an exquisite tone...
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