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Christopher Hogwood


Christopher Hogwood was perhaps one of the most prominent conductors of period-instrument shows of Classical and Baroque music. He researched classical literature furthermore to music at Pembroke University, Oxford, where he attained a bachelor’s level in 1964. His harpsichord teachers had been Rafael Puyana and Gustav Leonhardt. Leonhardt, United kingdom harpsichordist Thurston Dart, and conductor Raymond Leppard, all prominent in early music analysis and performance, inspired Hogwood’s career route. The United kingdom Council provided him a scholarship or grant, enabling him to invest per year in Prague in the Charles University or college as well as the Prague Academy of Music. In 1967 David Munrow and Hogwood co-founded the first Music Consort to attempt genuine shows of middle ages music. Munrow’s strategy attracted followers and elevated eyebrows. The shows were energetic, with traveling dance rhythms, as well as the group started to record thoroughly. In 1973 Hogwood founded the Academy of Old Music, acquiring its name from a London music culture and orchestra from the 18th hundred years. Hogwood’s group was the initial British ensemble shaped to try out music from the Baroque and early Classical intervals on original musical instruments, a far more elegant area of expertise than that of Munrow’s group. The AAM quickly became perhaps one of the most well-known and influential agencies within the “genuine performance” motion. (Hogwood recommended the much less confrontational term “historically up to date efficiency” to “genuine.”) They documented often on Decca’s imprint L’Oiseau-Lyre and forged forwards into Great Classicism, releasing full models of Mozart and Haydn symphonies. Hogwood’s interpretations had been instantly recognizable, using a restrained, officially perfect design that diverged fundamentally through the glittering Baroque shows that were typical. Hogwood didn’t limited his actions to period-instrument groupings or Classical and Baroque music. Since 1981 he frequently executed leading American orchestras, and he executed his first opera in the us in 1983, a creation of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in St. Louis. He taken to standard-instrument ensembles lots of the interpretive concepts he created from his analysis, and frequently juxtaposed his Baroque and Classical interpretations with 20th hundred years music from the neo-Classical design, from such composers as Stravinsky, Martinu, and Tippett. From 1983 to 1985 he was creative movie director of London’s Mainly Mozart Festival on the Barbican Center, and was conductor laureate from the Handel & Haydn Culture, Boston’s historic concert firm, which today includes America’s leading orchestra of period musical instruments. He was musical movie director from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 1987 to 1992. He frequently guest executed and offered as director for several celebrations. In 2000, he was called principal visitor conductor from the Kammerorchester Basel, dealing with the same placement using the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada the next year. Hogwood stated that his active plan afforded him inadequate time and energy to teach, but he took a stage toward fixing that situation in 1992 when he was called going to teacher of Early Music Overall performance in the Royal Academy of Music in London, along with a going to teacher at King’s University, London. He trained regularly at Harvard and was an honorary teacher at the University or college of Cambridge. Hogwood also released several broadly praised books, including a biography of Handel.

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Full Name Christopher Hogwood
Died September 24, 2014, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Profession Writer, Conductor, Keyboard Player, Harpsichordist, Editor, Musicologist
Education Pembroke College, Cambridge
Nationality British
Awards Brit Award for Best Classical Recording
Albums Handel: Messiah - A Sacred Oratorio (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood, Soprano 1: Judith Nelson, Soprano 2: Emma Kirkby, Contralto: Carolyn Watkinson, Tenor: Paul Elliott, Bass: David Thomas), Handel: Rinaldo, 12 Concertos, Op. 9 (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood), Messiah, Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, Italian Cantatas, Handel: Athalia (2 CDs), The Secret Handel: Works for Clavichord, Telemann: Double & Triple Concertos, La stravaganza: 12 Concertos, op. 4, The Secret Mozart, Clarinet Concerto / Oboe Concerto, La clemenza di Tito, Oboe Concertos, Christmas Concertos, Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate; Motets, Haydn: Symphonies Vol. 6, The Secret Bach: Works for Clavichord, All the Great Music from Handel's Messiah, Violin Sonatas, Avanti L'Opera, Symphony No. 3 "Eroica" (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood), Concerti Grossi, op. 6, Brandenburg Concertos, The Four Seasons, Symphonies, op. 2, 6 Violin Concertos, op. 12, Vivaldi: 6 Concerti, Op.11, Purcell: Dido & Aeneas; The Indian Queen, Six Flute Concertos, op. 10, Handel: Concerti a due cori, Suites for Harpsichord, The Violin Concertos (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood, performer: Simon Standage), Handel: Messiah Highlights (Classic FM: The Full Works), Coffee Cantata BWV 211 / Peasant Cantata (The Academy of Ancient Music feat. conductor: Christopher Hogwood) BWV 212, My Ladye Nevells Booke, The Amorous Flute, Violin concertos 1 & 2 / Concerto for 2 violins, Violin Concertos op. 6 / "The Cuckoo", Weber: Lieder, Bach, J.S.: The French Suites (2 CDs), Arne: Eight Harpsichord Sonatas, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 "Choral", Keyboard Music, Cello Sonatas, op. 5, Early Symphonies 1764-1771, Sonatas of Three Parts, 1683, Z790-801, Symphony No. 40 / Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter", Klavierkonzerte / Piano Concertos KV 450 & KV 537, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Salve Regina; Vivaldi, Symphonies Nos. 4, 5

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1 His first positions were as a keyboard player and musicologist with the Academy of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields under Neville Marriner. He was a founding member of the Early Music Consort of London.
2 English harpsichordist, musicologist, and founder and conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music.
3 He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) in 1989.



Big Nothing 2006 "Stabat Mater: 1. Stabat Mater Dolorosa" / performer: "Stabat Mater"
A Matter of Taste 2000 performer: "Nisi dominus, RV. 608: 5. Sicut sagittae in manu potentis Allegro"
Private Confessions 1996 TV Movie performer: "Jesu bleibet meine Freunde, No. 147"
Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî 1991 performer: "Stabat Mater"
The South Bank Show 1990 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
À corps perdu 1988 performer: "Stabat Mater"

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Acis and Galatea 2009 TV Movie conductor
Concert Haydn - Pergolesi 1994 TV Movie documentary conductor
Great Performances 1993 TV Series conductor - 1 episode
Joseph Haydn: The Creation 1990 TV Movie conductor
The South Bank Show 1990 TV Series documentary director - 1 episode
Messiah 1982 TV Movie documentary conductor



Great Performances 1993 TV Series Conductor
Joseph Haydn: The Creation 1990 TV Movie Conductor



Omnibus 1970 TV Series documentary Himself - Harpsichordist
Na plovárne 2012 TV Series Himself
Acis and Galatea 2009 TV Movie Himself - Conductor
Concert Haydn - Pergolesi 1994 TV Movie documentary Direction
Messiah 1982 TV Movie documentary Conductor / Commentator

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1 Every piece of music should be looked at as a painting that dissolved off the wall when you closed the gallery door. If all the colors dripped down into a huge pot and you took this pot, along with a recipe of how to reassemble the colors back into Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers,' you would be very careful to get all the reds and the yellows in the right places, and not to paint it bigger or smaller than it was. I think music carries with it this responsibility. [1985]

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