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CHAN 10477

Karen Geoghegan plays works for Bassoon and Orchestra

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2008

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

Opera North Orchestra


Benjamin Wallfisch


Karen Geoghegan

bassoon

Venue:

St Georges Hall, Bradford



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Paul Quilter

(Assistant)

Record Label
Chandos

Genre:

Woodwind


Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 62:44
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JOHANN NEPOMUK HUMMEL

(1778-1837)
 

Grand Concerto, W23

23:45  
  For Bassoon and Orchestra  
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
  Edited by Ronald Tyree  
1 I Allegro moderato 10:46
2 II Romanza. Andantino cantabile 6:22
3 III Rondo. Vivace 6:31
   
 

CARL MARIA VON WEBER

(1786-1826)
 

Andante e Rondo ungarese, Op. 35

9:08  
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
4 Andante - 3:53
5 Allegretto ungarese 5:14
   
 

FRANZ BERWALD

(1796-1868)
 

Concert Piece

11:10  
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
6 [Allegro] - 5:22
7 Andante - 3:41
8 Tempo I 2:06
   
  premiere recording of orchestral version  
 

CARL HEINRICH JACOBI

(1791-1852)
 

Introduction and Polonaise, Op. 9

9:00  
9 Introduction. Adagio - 1:32
10 Polonaise 7:28
   
 

EDWARD ELGAR

(1857-1934)
11 

Romance, Op. 62

5:13
  For Bassoon and Orchestra  
  To Edwin James  
  Andante  
   
  premiere recording in this version  
 

GEORGE GERSHWIN

(1898-1937)
12 

Summertime

4:36
  Arranged by David Arnold  
Currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music with John Orford, nineteen-year-old Karen Geoghegan came to the attention of the British public late last year following her appearance as a finalist on Classical Star, a BBC reality programme. She proved immensely popular with the public and judges alike, and brought much needed attention to the bassoon, which has, to some great extent, been neglected as a solo instrument. The cellist Matthew Barley who was mentor and presenter of the show says of Karen, ‘with her sound and focus she is already one of the great wind players in the country’. Chandos’ Managing Director, Ralph Couzens, was so impressed by Karen’s performance that he contacted Karen the day following the broadcast, and offered her a contract.

For her first CD with Chandos, it was decided to focus on the repertoire performed for the show. Hummel’s Bassoon Concerto, the centrepiece of the album, is complemented by Elgar’s Romance, Berwald’s rarely recorded Konzertstück, Weber’s Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Carl Jacobi’s Introduction and Polonaise and a beautiful arrangement of Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’. Each work demonstrates Karen’s ability as a performer of outstanding quality. Benjamin Wallfisch conducts the Orchestra of Opera North

In 2008, the competition year, Karen gives a concert at Fulham Palace on 10 June, and will be appear as a soloist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on 22 June. She will spend the summer months touring as a soloist with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra, conducted by Gary Walker. Amidst all this performing activity she will also be recording her second disc for Chandos.

She produces a beautiful, singing tone, sails through the fastest passages and even despatches a top E-flat with aplomb.
Classic FM Magazine

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.
Double Reed Society

This is an enjoyable disc, helped by a recording that is up to Chandos’ usual high standards
International Record Review

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…. Chandos have a real find on their hands with Karen Geoghegan.
Gramophone

She plays Hummel’s Grand Concerto with pumping authority. Her proud, centre-stage arrival after Hummel’s customary long, tantalising intro is no disappointment – her slow movement sings with high sax-like tone and the swinging finale expresses rustic joy.
The Times

But 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 thefun.
BBC Music Magazine

Jeremy Nicholas Gramophone Critic’s Choice 2008




*****
H Watson