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Fantasies for Bassoon: works by Spohr, Schubert, Schumann, Schreck, et al. / Karen Geoghegan, bassoon; Philip Edward Fisher, piano

Audio Samples

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Schreck, Gustav : Sonata for bassoon & piano in E flat major, Op. 9
>Spohr, Louis : Adagio for bassoon & piano in F major (after Sonata, Op. 115, 2nd movement), WoO 35
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73

Album Summary

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Schreck, Gustav : Sonata for bassoon & piano in E flat major, Op. 9
>Spohr, Louis : Adagio for bassoon & piano in F major (after Sonata, Op. 115, 2nd movement), WoO 35
>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestucke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Chandos signed Karen Geoghegan in '07 following her appearance on BBC TV's Classical Star program. This is her 5th recording with the label. Gramophone writes of rising star status: 'Name five internationally famous bassoon soloists. Archie Camden, Gwydion Brooke and, er, that's it. Except I think we shall soon be adding the name of Karen Geoghegan to the roll call'. With the exception of Sonata in E flat by Schreck, none of these recorded works recorded were originally composed for bassoon.

International Record Review
There is no clowning here. If anything, the bassoon lends a pleasant dolefulness to the music played on this CD... Even the cello... is not as consistently mellow as a bassoon, when it is played by a musician on Geoghegan's level.

Classic FM Magazine
Geoghegan is probably the best advocate the instrument could have: even though parts of the 'Arpeggione' Sonata (usually heard on cello or viola) don't quite work on the bassoon, as the ear adjusts her exemplary musicianship comes through and triumphs... There's a wonderfully natural quality to Geoghegan's phrasing and expression - especially in the Schumann - and she is partnered adeptly at all times by Philip Edward Fisher.

BBC Music Magazine
The most substantial music comes in the transcription of Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata... It would be foolish to expect the bassoon to offer the emotional depth and richness of tone that can be accommodated on a string instrument, but Karen Geoghegan certainly convinces with the melancholic hue of the first movement.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/11/2011-04/12/2011).



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Works Details

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
  • Performers: Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon); Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/11/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1824

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performers: Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon); Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/11/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Schreck, Gustav : Sonata for bassoon & piano in E flat major, Op. 9
  • Performers: Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon); Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/11/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Spohr, Louis : Adagio for bassoon & piano in F major (after Sonata, Op. 115, 2nd movement), WoO 35
  • Performers: Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon); Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/11/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Elgar, Edward : Salut d'amour
  • Performers: Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon); Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/11/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1888

>Schumann, Robert : Phantasiestücke (3) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
  • Performers: Karen Geoghegan (Bassoon); Philip Fisher (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk (04/11/2011-04/12/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1849