Album: Various French Bassoon Works – Geoghegan/ Fisher (Chandos)

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BBC2's Classical Star attracted some vitriolic reviews in 2007, yet no one doubted that Karen Geoghegan would become a professional musician.

Her debut disc is a clever recital of French miniatures, ranging from Henri Dutilleux's Chaplinesque "Sarabande et Cortège" to the courtly elegies and neo-baroque fantasies of Fauré, Tansman and Koechlin. Closely shadowed by pianist Philip Fisher, Geoghegan shows elegance, wit, a gorgeous sound and a bulletproof technique.

Pick of the album: A poignant arrangement of Debussy's 'Petit berger'