Karen Geoghegan: Bassoon Concertos | Chandos CHAN10477

Karen Geoghegan: Bassoon Concertos


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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHAN10477

Barcode: 0095115147726

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd June 2008



The young Karen Geoghegan came to the attention of the British public in 2007 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 generally 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.

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