Craig Ogden

Biography

Born: Perth, Australia  
Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden, based for some years at Britain's Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, has drawn comparisons to the legendary Julian Bream with the flair and what an American Record Guide critic called the daredevil quality of his playing. The catholic nature of Ogden's repertory is also noteworthy; he presents guitar chestnuts and contemporary premieres with equal enthusiasm, and he has worked as an accompanist Read more to quite diverse vocalists. A native of Perth, Ogden took up the guitar at age seven and also studied percussion as a teen. Graduating with honors from the University of Western Australia, he moved on in 1990 for a performance degree at the Royal Northern College of Music and was hired as a lecturer in guitar by the RNCM, becoming the youngest instrumentalist ever to receive one of the school's fellowships. In concert and on recordings Ogden has managed to win acclaim even for performances in the most crowded field of all: the guitar concertos of Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Making his Royal Albert Hall debut with Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and recording all three concertos with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Ogden gained not only strong notices but also praise from Rodrigo's daughter, Cecilia. More innovative Ogden programs were likewise successful; he gave the British premieres of guitar concertos by American composers John Corigliano and Aaron Jay Kernis (and has commissioned several concertos from British composers), and a disc combining passages from the novels of British writer Louis de Bernières with the music they describe made Top 10 on British classical sales charts. The roster of labels for which Ogden has recorded is thus unusually prestigious, including Nimbus, Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Collins Classics, and Sony. Ogden has collaborated with artists including countertenor David Daniels, with whom he released the album A Quiet Thing, and whom he joined for a series of duo recitals that introduced him to U.S. audiences. Another collaborator has been soprano Claire Bradshaw, to whom he is married; the pair have one child. Read less
Yoshimatsu: Symphony No 2, Etc / Ogden, Fujioka, Bbc Phil
Release Date: 03/19/1996   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9438   Number of Discs: 1
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Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Etc / Ogden, Fujioka, Bbc Po
Release Date: 04/21/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9604   Number of Discs: 1
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English Guitar Concertos - Walton, Berkeley, Arnold / Ogden
Release Date: 01/22/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9963   Number of Discs: 1
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Guitar Meditations / Craig Ogden
Release Date: 07/20/1999   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9743   Number of Discs: 1
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Souvenirs For Mandolin And Guitar / Alison Stephens, Craig Ogdon
Release Date: 09/29/2009   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10563   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: Perth, Australia  
Australian-born guitarist Craig Ogden, based for some years at Britain's Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, has drawn comparisons to the legendary Julian Bream with the flair and what an American Record Guide critic called the daredevil quality of his playing. The catholic nature of Ogden's repertory is also noteworthy; he presents guitar chestnuts and contemporary premieres with equal enthusiasm, and he has worked as an accompanist Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Tsifteteli for Elena
Tsifteteli for Elena
I. Fiesta Criolla
II. Tonada
III. El Morenito
IV. Las Mariposas del Bosque
V. Fiesta Criolla
No. 1. La indita
No. 2. El toro
No. 3. La ausencia
No. 4. El galan y su morena
No. 6. La muerte y la doncella
No. 7. Reinas de la baraja
No. 1. Pastorcito Santo
No. 3. Aire y Donayre
No. 2. Coplillas de Belen
Courante I - Courante II -
Courante I - Courante II -
I. Carolan's Concerto or Mrs Poer
II. Planxty Madam Maxwell and Planxty Nancy McDermott
III. Fanny Poer
No. 1. Tonadilla
No. 2. Tango
No. 3. Guajira
Part I: Introduction and Chorus: No, it cannot be done (Ironic Spirit, Columbus, Chorus)
Part I: Dialogue: My name is Christopher (Columbus, Ironic Spirit) -
Part I: You cannot do that alone (Ironic Spirit, Columbus)
Part I: Recitation and Chorus: Finding his way by starts and gleams (Ironic Spirit, Chorus) -
Part I: Now the game is beginning (Columbus)
Part I: Court Music: Sarabande - Senor Columbus (Isabella, Columbus) -
Part I: Down in the Kingdom of Granada (Isabella), "Marquesa's Song" -
Part I: But how can they know? (Columbus, Ironic Spirit, Men's chorus)
Part I: No! No! No! (Men's Chorus, Ironic Spirit) -
Part I: Go and look at the sunset (Columbus) -
Part I: I haven't seen her for years (Columbus) - When will he return? (Beatriz), "Beatriz's Song" -
Part I: May I come up? (Columbus, Beatriz) - Kyrie: You have no right to take a rose from my courtyard (Beatriz, Men's Chorus) -
Part I: So, my son, you are leaving Spain? (Ironic Spirit, Columbus)
Part I: Granada has fallen! (Chorus, Columbus) -
Part I: Give me a ship, Your Majesty (Columbus) - Fanfare I - On this day, the thirteenth of April (Herald) - Fanfare II - In the name of the Holy Trinity and Eternal Unity (Herald) - Fanafe III - They have givne me all that I asked (Columbus)
Part II: Introduction - Port Music: Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! (Herald)
Part II: There be three ships (Woman Singer), "Woman's Song"
Part II: Instrumental Reprise of Beatriz's Song - I heard you were due to sail (Beatriz, Columbus) -
Part II: Drum (Beatriz, Columbus)
Part II: Litany of the Saints: Per Domimum (Chorus) - Capstan Shanty: We're bound upon a wild goose quest (Tenor) -
Part II: On these ships they are singing (Ironic Spirit) - Shanty: We've gone away for ever (Tenor)
Part II: Sea Music: Friday, August the third (Columbus) -
Part II: The sailors steered badly (Ironic Spirit, Sailor)
Part II: Night Music: Where shall wisdom be found...? (Columbus) -
Part II: Listen to me, Senores (Columbus) -
Part II: Gold, Senores, gold... (Columbus, Speaking Chorus) -
Part II: October the eleventh (Columbus)
Part II: Stand by for the Dawn! (Columbus, Speaking Chorus) - Te Deum laudamus (Men's Chorus)
Part II: Look 'ee yonder (Ironic Spirit, Indian Chorus, Baritone) - Fanfare - In the name of the Holy Trinity (Columbus)
Part II: Dialogue: Have you heard the news, Your Grace? (Isabella, Ironic Spirit) - Back from the West (Speaking Chorus, Ironic Spirit, Herald) -
Part II: I took three ships (Columbus)
Part II: Finale: Glory, glory to God (Tenor, Chorus, Columbus)
Fain would I change that note
O stay, sweet love
Lady, when I behold the roses
My love in her attire
I gave her cakes and I gave her ale
To couple is a custom
No. 1. Allegro assai
No. 2. Lento sognando
No. 3. Alla cubana
No. 4. Lento
No. 5. Presto con slancio
I. Andantino - Allegretto - Meno vivo - Un poco meno vivo
II. Lento - Tranquillo
III. Allegro con brio - Un poco meno vivo - Lento - Allegro moderato - Tempo I
I. Allegro
II. Lento - Vivace - Lento
III. Con brio - Piu Mosso
I. Preludio
II. Andante religioso
III. Allegro solemne
I. Leeward
II. Calm -
III. Windward
No. 1. Canticle
No. 2. Noel
I. Platero
II. El loco
No. 1. Cancion de cuna (Cradle Song)
No. 2. Ojos brujos (Enchanter's eyes)
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Allegro gentile
I. Villano y ricercare
II. Espanoleta y fanfare de la Caballeria de Napoles
III. Danza de las haches
IV. Canario
I. Allegro deciso
II. Andante calmo
III. Allegro moderato
I. Bird: Allegro
II. Flower
III. Wind: Allegro
The Blue Guitar -Sonata for solo guitar: Transforming
The Blue Guitar -Sonata for solo guitar: Juggling
The Blue Guitar -Sonata for solo guitar: Dreaming
Nocturnal, after Dowland, Op. 70: Musingly
Nocturnal, after Dowland, Op. 70: Very Agitated
Nocturnal, after Dowland, Op. 70: Restless
Nocturnal, after Dowland, Op. 70: Uneasy
Nocturnal, after Dowland, Op. 70: March Like
Nocturnal, after Dowland, Op. 70: Dreaming
Nocturnal, after Dowland, Op. 70: Gently Rocking
Nocturnal, after Dowland, Op. 70: Passacaglia
Five Impromptus: Recitativo
Five Impromptus: Agitato
Five Impromptus: Elegiaco
Five Impromptus: Con Fuoco
Five Impromptus: Airoso
Five Bagatelles: Allegro
Five Bagatelles: Lento
Five Bagatelles: Alla Cubana
Five Bagatelles: Sempre espressivo
Five Bagatelles: Con slancio


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