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I Don't Have Anything Against Conductor Christopher Hogwood

   Unfortunately , Matthew Boyden completely misunderstood  the meaning and purpose "Christopher Hogwash",
the term I recently coined  to describe  the arrogant rhetoric of  some period instrument musicians , and their snooty  dismissal of  performances which fail to use period instruments .  The term is in no way meant to
belittle the distinguished English conductor and harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood .

   I don't have anything against Hogwood and in fact, have enjoyed some of his recordings .  So let me give you some information about this erudite and highly versatile musician .  He was born in 1941 and studied music and
classical literature at Cambridge , and  studied harpsichord  with such renowned masters of that instrument as Gustav Leonhardt of the Netherlands and Rafael Puyana , as well as conducting with  the renowned English
maestro Raymond Leppard . 

   He  became involved in the burgeoning early music movement  and the  revival of  period instruments as a young man ,  and  became director of London's Academy  of Ancient Music , which was one of the pioneer
ensembles for  the performance of  music of the Baroque and Classical periods , recording among other things ,
the complete symphonies of Mozart and Beethoven , as well as a starting a  project to  record all 104 symphonies of Joseph Haydn which was never completed for some reason . 

   Hogwood also achieved renown as a harpsichordist , performing music for that instrument by a wide variety of  composers  of the 18th century and  earlier .  He is also  a respected scholar who has done
work editing the music of a variety of composers  for publication , famous and obscure .

   Hogwood   is far from being limited  to performing and recording the music of bygone centuries  and
has performed and recorded   familiar music by composers of  the Romantic era and the 20th century ,
including  Stravinsky, Martinu ,  Hindemith ,  Mendelssohn ,  Brahms ,  and other  composers .

   In addition to his work with  period instrument  orchestras , Hogwood regularly conducts  mainstream
orchestras all over Europe and America , and has served as music director of the St. Paul Chamber orchestra in  Minnesota , one of America's leading chamber orchestras . 

   Hogwood has written among other things , an admired biography of George Frideric  Handel , a composer very close to his heart , and  one whose  music he has made numerous recordings of ,
including many of the oratorios and operas .  Hogwood has also been active as an opera conductor ,
appearing  at  London's Royal opera ,  the Berlin State opera ,  the Houston Grand opera , and Milan's La Scala  and elsewhere . 

   He has a very extensive discography ,ranging from  the music of bygone ages to the  20th century .
For more information , you can visit his website  . Just put his name on your search engine .

Posted: Dec 29 2011, 06:27 PM by the horn | with no comments
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