Christopher Hogwood

Biography

Born: September 10, 1941   Country: England  
Christopher Hogwood is one of the most prominent conductor of period-instrument performances of Classical and Baroque music. He studied classical literature in addition to music at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in 1964. His harpsichord instructors were Rafael Puyana and Gustav Leonhardt. Leonhardt, the British harpsichordist Thurston Dart, and conductor Raymond Leppard, all prominent in early music research and Read more performance, influenced Hogwood's career path. The British Council gave him a scholarship, enabling him to spend a year in Prague at the Charles University and the Prague Academy of Music.

In 1967 David Munrow and Hogwood co-founded the Early Music Consort to undertake authentic performances of medieval music. Munrow's approach attracted fans and raised eyebrows. The performances were lively, with driving dance rhythms, and the group began to record extensively.

In 1973 Hogwood founded the Academy of Ancient Music, taking its name from a London music society and orchestra of the eighteenth century. Hogwood's group was the first British ensemble formed to play music of the Baroque and early Classical periods on original instruments, a more lightly elegant specialty than that of Munrow's group. The AAM quickly became one of the most popular and influential organizations in the "authentic performance" movement. (Hogwood now prefers the less confrontational term "historically informed performance" to "authentic.") They record frequently on Decca's imprint L'Oiseau-Lyre and have forged forward into High Classicism, releasing complete sets of Mozart and Haydn symphonies. Hogwood's interpretations are instantly recognizable, with a restrained, technically perfect style that diverged fundamentally from the glittering Baroque performances that were the norm.

Hogwood has not limited his activities to period-instrument groups or Classical and Baroque music. Since 1981 he has regularly conducted leading American orchestras, and he conducted his first opera in America in 1983, a production of Mozart's Don Giovanni in St. Louis. He brings to standard-instrument ensembles many of the interpretive principles he developed from his research, and often juxtaposes his Baroque and Classical interpretations with twentieth century music of the Neo-Classical style, from such composers as Stravinsky, Martinu, and Tippett.

From 1983 to 1985 he was artistic director of London's Mostly Mozart Festival at the Barbican Centre, and is conductor laureate of the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston's historic concert organization, which now includes America's leading orchestra of period instruments. He was musical director of the St. Paul (Minnesota) Chamber Orchestra from 1987 to 1992. He regularly guest conducts and has served as director for a number of festivals. In 2000, he was named principal guest conductor of the Kammerorchester Basel, taking on the same position with the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada the following year.

Hogwood has said that his busy schedule affords him insufficient time to teach, but took a step toward correcting that state of affairs in 1992 when he was named visiting professor of Early Music Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a visiting professor at King's College, London. He teaches frequently at Harvard and is an honorary professor at the University of Cambridge. Hogwood has also published several widely praised books, including a biography of Handel. Read less

Gade: Symphonies Vol 2 / Hogwood, Danish National Rso
Release Date: 11/20/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9957   Number of Discs: 1
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Gade: Symphonies Vol 1 - No 2 And 8, Etc / Hogwood
Release Date: 01/23/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9862   Number of Discs: 1
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Gade: Symphonies Vol 3 - No 3 & 6, Etc / Hogwood
Release Date: 09/24/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9795   Number of Discs: 1
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Gade: Symphonies 1 & 5 / Hogwood, Brautigam, Danish National
Release Date: 02/25/2003   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10026   Number of Discs: 1
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Vivaldi: L'estro Armonico / Hogwood, Guglielmo, Et Al
Release Date: 09/24/2002   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 689   Number of Discs: 1
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    L'Oiseau-Lyre - The Baroque Era
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002072902 Release Date: 06/17/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  William Boyce,  John Blow,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Bott,  Libby Crabtree,  Michael George,  Emma Kirkby  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Joshua Rifkin,  Christophe Rousset  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Westminster Abbey School Choristers Choir,  New London Consort Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
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    Mozart: The Complete Symphonies / Hogwood, AAM
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 4802577 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 1139364 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  John Williams,  Howard Shore,  Vangelis  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Doherty,  Mark Ayres,  Sally Herbert,  Roger Woodward  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Summerbell,  Zubin Mehta,  Nic Raine,  Paul Bateman  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Gloria; Stabat Mater
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001748202 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Judith Nelson,  James Bowman
    Conductor:  Simon Preston,  Christopher Hogwood
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    All-Baroque Box (From Monteverdi To Bach) [50-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001719702 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Stephen Varcoe,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Paul McCreesh,  Marc Minkowski,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Gabrieli Consort  ... 
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    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Purcell: Dido And Aeneas, The Indian Queen / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley, Thomas
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001650902 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Gerald Finley,  Thomas Williams,  Catherine Bott  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    The 50 Most Essential Mozart Masterpieces
    Label: X5 Music Group   Catalog: 112 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Finghin Collins,  Elisabeth Ganter,  Maszella Holzapfel,  Julie Palloc  ... 
    Conductor:  Heribert Beissel,  David Parry,  Francesco Macci,  Zdenek Kosler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Soloists,  St. Petersburg Soloists,  New York Philomusica
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    The Decca Sound - Highlights [5-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    J. C. Bach: Six Favourite Overtures / Hogwood, Academy Of Ancient Music
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 417148 Release Date: 10/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Christian Bach
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Vivaldi Masterworks [28 Disc Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001599302 Release Date: 09/20/2011   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Rohan de Saram,  Franco Gulli,  Salvatore Accardo,  Bruno Canino  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Philip Pickett,  Simon Preston,  Paul Dyer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  I Musici,  New London Consort  ... 
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    Classics At The Movies
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4764553 Release Date: 08/16/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Giacomo Puccini,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Isador Goodman,  Yvonne Kenny,  Jane Sheldon,  Lauris Elms  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick Thomas,  Wlodzimierz Kamirski,  William Motzing,  David Measham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantillation,  Tasmanian Symphony Chamber Players
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    The Opera Album 2011
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001566102 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anna Netrebko,  Andrea Bocelli,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Zubin Mehta,  Antonio Pappano  ... 
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  • 18.
    Haydn: Arias & Cantatas / Arleen Auger, Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 423496 Release Date: 03/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Domenico Cimarosa
    Performer:  Arleen Augér
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel and Haydn Society
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    Loeki Stardust Collection 1980-2000
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802044 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Gioseffo Guami,  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Karel Van Steenhoven,  Bertho Driever,  Daniel Brüggen,  Paul Leenhouts
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Loeki Stardust Quartet Amsterdam,  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Haydn: Music For England
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4800388 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Judith Nelson,  Paul Elliot
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
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    Holst: The Planets, Perfect Fool, Moorside Suite / Herrmann, Boult, Howard, Fennell
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4802323 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Julia Bogorad,  Kathryn Greenbank
    Conductor:  Bernard Herrmann,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Christopher Hogwood,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Eastman Wind Ensemble  ... 
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    Vivaldi: Concertos / Christopher Hogwood
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 414588 Release Date: 01/18/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 951851 Release Date: 11/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  John Mark Ainsley,  Emma Kirkby,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Sara Macliver  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Paul McCreesh,  Christopher Hogwood,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
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  • 24.
    Handel, Arne, Lampe: Arias / Emma Kirkby
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436132 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  John Frederick Lampe,  Thomas Augustine Arne
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
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    The Complete Christmas Celebration
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001493002 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Olaf Bär,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Christopher Hogwood,  Valery Gergiev,  Georg Ratzinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music  ... 
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