℗ 2000 Chandos
 

Hummel - Weber - Jacobi - Berwald - Elgar - Gershwin

Karen Geoghegan, Orchestra of Opera North, Benjamin Wallfisch

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Bassoon Concerto in F Major, WoO 23, S63  
1
I. Allegro moderato
Johann Nepomuk Hummel; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
10:46
2
II. Romanza. Andantino e cantabile
Johann Nepomuk Hummel; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
6:22
3
III. Rondo. Vivace
Johann Nepomuk Hummel; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
6:31
Andante e Rondo ungarese, Op. 35, J. 158  
4
Andante -
Carl Maria von Weber; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
3:53
5
Rondo. Adagio
Carl Maria von Weber; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
5:14
Konsertstycke  
6
(Allegro) -
Franz Berwald; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
5:22
7
Andante -
Franz Berwald; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
3:41
8
Tempo primo
Franz Berwald; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
2:06
Introduction and Polonaise, Op. 9 (arr. for Orchestra)  
9
Introduction. Adagio -
Carl Jacobi; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
1:32
10
Polonaise
Carl Jacobi; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
7:28
11
Romance, Op. 62
Edward Elgar; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
5:13
Porgy and Bess, Act I  
12
Summertime (arr. for Bassoon and Orchestra)
George Gershwin; David Arnold; Karen Geoghegan; Orchestra of Opera North; Benjamin Wallfisch
4:36
Total Playing Time    62:44
“[Geoghegan] produces a beautiful, singing tone, sails through the fastest passages and even despatches a top E-flat with aplomb.”
- Classic FM Magazine

“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

“[Geoghegan] 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

“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.”
- BBC Music Magazine

Showing great stylistic range, this debut release from bassoonist Karen Geoghegan features works from the repertoire she performed as a finalist on the BBC 2 programme Classical Star in 2007. Presenting Hummel’s elegant Bassoon Concerto in F Major, WoO 23, S63 and Gershwin’s crowd favourite Summertime (arranged by David Arnold) this is an enjoyable survey of gems for bassoon.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recorded at St Georges Hall, Bradford
Produced by Rachel Smith
Engineer: Jonathan Cooper
Assistant Engineer: Paul Quilter

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