Christopher Hogwood

Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood CBE (10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014) was an English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, and musicologist. Founder of the early music ensemble the Academy of Ancient Music, he was an authority on historically informed performance and a leading figure in the early music revival of the late 20th century.

Christopher Hogwood

Christopher Hogwood 2014 CROP
Hogwood leading rehearsals for his final Gresham College lecture in 2014
Born
Christopher Jarvis Haley Hogwood

10 September 1941
Died24 September 2014 (aged 73)
NationalityEnglish
Occupation
OrganizationAcademy of Ancient Music

Early life and education

Born in Nottingham, Hogwood studied music and classical literature at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He went on to study performance and conducting under Raymond Leppard, Mary Potts and Thurston Dart; and later with Rafael Puyana and Gustav Leonhardt. He also studied in Prague with Zuzana Ruzickova for a year, under a British Council scholarship.[1]

Career

In 1967, Hogwood co-founded the Early Music Consort with David Munrow. In 1973 he founded the Academy of Ancient Music, which specializes in performances of Baroque and early Classical music using period instruments.[1] The Early Music Consort was disbanded following Munrow's death in 1976, but Hogwood continued to perform and record with the Academy of Ancient Music.

From 1981, Hogwood conducted regularly in the United States. He was Artistic Director of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society from 1986 to 2001, and for the remainder of his life held the title of Conductor Laureate. From 1983 to 1985 he was artistic director of the Mostly Mozart Festival in the Barbican Centre in London. From 1988 to 1992, he was musical director of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota.[1]

In 1994 he conducted the Handel and Haydn Society in a recreation of the concert that premiered Beethoven's Sixth and Fifth symphonies for the Historic Keyboard Society of Milwaukee.[2]

Christopher Hogwood leading a rehearsal
Hogwood leading a rehearsal for his Gresham College lecture in 2013

Hogwood conducted a considerable amount of opera. He made his operatic debut in 1983, conducting Don Giovanni in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] He worked with Berlin State Opera; La Scala, Milan; Royal Opera Stockholm; the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Chorégies d'Orange and Houston Grand Opera. With Opera Australia, he performed Idomeneo in 1994 and La Clemenza di Tito in 1997. In 2009, he returned to the Royal Opera House to conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Handel's Acis and Galatea. 2009 also saw him conducting Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at the Teatro Real in Madrid, in a production directed by Robert Lepage. In late 2010 and early 2011, he conducted a series of performances of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Zurich Opera House.

On 1 September 2006, harpsichordist Richard Egarr succeeded Hogwood as Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music and Hogwood assumed the title of Emeritus Director. Hogwood said he expected to conduct 'at least one major project' with the Academy each year. He conducted the Academy in a series of concert performances of Handel operas which began in 2007 with Amadigi. 2008 saw performances of Flavio, and the series concluded in May 2009, the Handel anniversary, with Arianna in Creta. In 2013 he conducted the Academy in Imeneo.[3]

Although Hogwood was best known for the baroque and early classical repertoire, he also performed contemporary music, with a particular affinity for the neo-baroque and neoclassical schools including many works by Stravinsky, Martinů and Hindemith.[1]

He made many solo recordings of harpsichord works (including Louis Couperin, J. S. Bach, Thomas Arne, William Byrd's My Lady Nevells Booke), and did much to promote the clavichord in the Secret Bach/Handel/Mozart series of recordings, which puts in historical context the most common domestic instrument of that epoch. He owned a collection of historical keyboard instruments.[4]

In July 2010, he was appointed Professor of Music at Gresham College, London, a position originally held by John Bull.[5] In this role he delivered four series of free public lectures on Aspects of Authenticity (2010–11), The Making of a Masterpiece (2011–12), European Capitals of Music (2012–13)[6] and Music in Context (2013–14).[7] He was unable to deliver all of his lectures during his final year of appointment due to illness and it was only seven months after his final lecture at the College that he died.[8]

In 2011, Hogwood was a juror for the Westfield International Fortepiano Competition hosted at Cornell University. This was the first fortepiano competition in the United States and only the second competition of its kind in the world.[9]

In 2012, he was appointed Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, for a six-year term of office. He was a member of Lowell House Senior Common Room in Harvard University.

Editing

Hogwood's editing work included music by composers as diverse as John Dowland and Felix Mendelssohn. He was the chairman of the new edition Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works, which aimed to publish a complete edition of C.P.E. Bach's music in 2014.[10]

He was involved with The Wranitzky Project, dedicated to the study and publishing of the music of Moravian composer Paul Wranitzky (1756–1808).[11] His last editing project was complete critical edition of piano sonatas by the Czech composer Leopold Koželuh.[12]

Brahms "discovery"

In 2012 Hogwood's musicological activities came to the attention of a wider public when the BBC and the Guardian newspaper announced his discovery of a "previously unknown" piano piece by Johannes Brahms.[13][14] However, it emerged that the work in question, Albumblatt, was already known. The manuscript had been sold at public auction in April 2011, where it was described as "unpublished" and "of great importance," and the manuscript was reproduced in full in the catalogue.[15] The work had been given its premiere by Craig Sheppard on 28 April 2011.[16] Sheppard reportedly described the newspaper claim as "fatuous".[17] The first edition of the piece was published in January 2012 on the Pianostreet website.[18] Hogwood's edition of the piece was published by Bärenreiter in February 2012 along with the Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40, which is thematically related.[19]

Death

Hogwood died in Cambridge on 24 September 2014, fourteen days after his 73rd birthday.[20] At the time of his death, he had recently separated from his civil partner, the film director Anthony Fabian.[21][22]

Honours

At the time of his death, Hogwood was Honorary Professor of Music in the University of Cambridge, Consultant Visiting Professor of historical performance in the Royal Academy of Music and visiting professor at King's College London. He was Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge and Pembroke College, Cambridge.

In 1989, Hogwood was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He was a recipient of the Halle Handel Music Prize in 2008.[23]

Awards

Bibliography

  • Hogwood, Christopher (2005). Handel: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks (Cambridge Music Handbooks). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-54486-3.
  • Hogwood, Christopher (1988). Handel. Thames & Hudson Ltd. ISBN 978-0-500-27498-9.
  • Hogwood, Christopher (1979). The Trio Sonata (Music Guides). BBC Books. ISBN 978-0-563-17095-2.
  • Hogwood, Christopher (1980). Music at Court. Gollancz. ISBN 978-0-575-02877-7.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Christopher Hogwood". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  2. ^ Raabe, Nancy (18 April 1994). "Historic concert re-creation establishes performance standard". The Milwaukee Sentinel.
  3. ^ "Imeneo, Academy of Ancient Music, Hogwood, Barbican Hall - The Arts Desk". Theartsdesk.com. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Catalogue of the Christopher Hogwood Instrument Collection". Hogwood.org. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Appointments". Timeshighereducation.co.uk. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  6. ^ "European Capitals of Music". Gresham.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Music in Context". Gresham.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Music in Context: For Self-promotion - Mozart". Gresham.ac.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Announcement - Westfield Center". Westfield.org. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Reviews of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works". Hogwood.org. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  11. ^ "The Wranitzky Project". Wranitzky.com. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  12. ^ More information about this edition is in the article of Lukáš M. Vytlačil: From Velvary, Bohemia, to the court in Vienna. The life of the imperial Kapellmeister Leopold Koželuh and a new complete edition of his keyboard sonatas; in: Czech Music Quarterly 16/2 (2016), pp. 7-11. (on-line)
  13. ^ Alex Needham (2012), Brahms piano piece to get its premiere 159 years after its creation The Guardian
  14. ^ Tom Service, A world premiere... by Brahms!, The Guardian
  15. ^ Doyle New York, Auctioneers and Appraisers, Auction of April 20, 2011, Lot 228
  16. ^ "Craig Sheppard plays the World Premiere of the Brahms Albumblatt in A minor, 28 April, 2011, Seattle". YouTube. 6 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  17. ^ "Opinion". Blogs.telegraph.co.uk. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  18. ^ "New Piano Piece by Brahms Discovered: Albumblatt in A minor – Free Piano Score | Piano Street's Classical Piano Blog". Pianostreet.com. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
  19. ^ ISMN 979-0-006-54109-6
  20. ^ "Conductor Christopher Hogwood dies". Bbc.co.uk. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Obituary: Christopher Hogwood CBE, conductor". The Scotsman. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  22. ^ "Christopher Hogwood - obituary". The Telegraph. London. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  23. ^ "HÄNDEL-Festspiele Halle (Saale)". Haendelhaus.de. Retrieved 22 February 2013.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
no predecessor
Music Director, Academy of Ancient Music
1973–2006
Succeeded by
Richard Egarr
Preceded by
Thomas Dunn
Music Director, Handel and Haydn Society
1986–2001
Succeeded by
Grant Llewellyn
Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) is a period-instrument orchestra based in Cambridge, England. Founded by harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood in 1973, it was named after a previous organisation of the same name of the 18th century. The musicians play on either original instruments or modern copies of instruments from the period of time the music was composed. They generally play Baroque and Classical music, though they have also played some new compositions for baroque orchestra in recent years.

The Academy's current Music Director is Richard Egarr.

Anthony Fabian

Anthony Fabian is a British producer and director of feature films, shorts, documentaries and classical music programmes made through his company, Elysian Films. His first feature film, Skin, has won 22 international awards. He has also worked as music supervisor on a number of feature films, including Restoration, GoldenEye, Schubert and Hilary and Jackie.

Anthony Hicks

Anthony Hicks (26 June 1943 – 26 May 2010) was a Welsh musicologist, music critic, editor, and writer.

Born in Swansea, Hicks read mathematics at King's College London during the mid-1960s and worked for roughly a quarter of century as a computer systems analyst at the University of London (retired 1993). Although he was educated in the field of mathematics and computer science, his own personal obsession with baroque music led him to pursue scholarly music research in his spare time. What began as more or less a hobby developed into a highly distinguished para-career as a historian and writer. He became one of the leading 20th century scholars on George Frideric Handel.As a music critic, Hicks wrote for Early Music Review and The Musical Times. For the 2001 edition of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians he penned Handel's biography and several other Handel related entries. He also authored most of the Handel related articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Opera. He became an important advocate for historically informed performances just as the renewed enthusiasm for baroque music began to take off in the 1960s and 1970s. His research has been used widely in preparing baroque works for recordings and performance; most notably with the Academy of Ancient Music with whom he worked closely for several decades. Musicians with whom Hicks collaborated on recordings were Christopher Hogwood, Paul McCreesh, Robert King, Trevor Pinnock, Emma Kirkby, John Eliot Gardiner, and Alan Curtis among many other distinguished baroque performers. He died at the age of 66 in London in 2010 of pulmonary fibrosis.

Beethoven Gesamtausgabe

The Beethoven Gesamtausgabe is the first collected edition of the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. Its full title is Ludwig van Beethovens Werke: vollständige kritisch durchgesehene überall berechtige Ausgabe (which roughly translated means Ludwig van Beethoven's Works: complete, critical, thoroughly revised, authorized edition). It was published between 1862 and 1865, with a supplementary volume appearing in 1888.

The edition contained 263 works arranged in twenty four "series". While a groundbreaking achievement, its limitations soon became apparent. Musicologist Friedrich Spiro delivered a paper to the Fourth Congress of the International Music Society in 1911 that advocated a revision of the Gesamtausgabe. Spiro pointed out both numerous inaccuracies in its musical text and various authentic works of Beethoven that were never included (such as Op. 134, Beethoven's own piano duet arrangement of his Große Fuge, Op. 133).

Subsequently, Willy Hess prepared a catalogue of those authentic works of Beethoven not included in the Gesamtausgabe, a catalogue that was published in 1957.

In providing annotation for the celebrated recording of Beethoven's piano concertos by Steven Lubin and Christopher Hogwood, Prof. Robert S. Winter noted that the parts available for the concertos at the time of the recording (1987) were the same ones available when the Gesamtausgabe was completed. He points out both that the original sources which have come down to us of the concertos can be ambiguous, and that even in instances where they were not, "the anonymous editors of the concertos [in the Gesamtausgabe] dressed them in 1860s garb--a wholly understandable response. In other instances they simply misconstrued the sources". Part of this, Winter suggests, can be attributed to the fact that the piano changed significantly between Beethoven's time and the time when the Gesamtausgabe appeared. (A similar phenomenon is observable when one compares the piano concertos of Mozart as originally written by the composer and the versions of the Alte Mozart-Ausgabe published in the 1870s; the latter have numerous changes, particularly in matters of phrasing.)

A new complete edition of Beethoven's music began publication in 1961, initiated by the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. However, the work on this was reported in 1991 by Nicholas Marston to be proceeding slowly. According to their website, 56 volumes are projected of which half have now been published.

Brit Award for Classical Recording

The Brit Award for Classical Recording was an award given by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), an organisation which represents record companies and artists in the United Kingdom. The accolade used to be presented at the Brit Awards, an annual celebration of British and international music. The winners and nominees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy with over one-thousand members, which comprise record labels, publishers, managers, agents, media, and previous winners and nominees.The award was first presented in 1982 as awards as "Classical Recording" which were won by Simon Rattle.

The accolade has been defunct as of 1993.

Carolyn Watkinson

The English mezzo-soprano Carolyn Watkinson (born 19 March 1949) is a well-known singer of baroque music. Her voice is alternately characterized as mezzo-soprano and contralto.

Watkinson was born in Preston and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and in The Hague. In 1978 she sang Rameau's Phèdre (Hippolyte et Aricie) at the English Bach Festival at London's Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In 1979 she appeared as Monteverdi's Nero (L'incoronazione di Poppea) with De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam. Also in 1979 she was featured as the contralto soloist in Christopher Hogwood's landmark recording of Handel's Messiah, with the Academy of Ancient Music.

In 1981 Watkinson made her La Scala debut in the title role of Ariodante and sang Rossini's Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in Stuttgart. She appeared as Gluck's Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice) with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera in 1982, and made her formal debut at Glyndebourne as Cherubino (Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro) in 1984.

1987 Watkinson toured Australia. She was a soloist in Bach's St. John Passion at Gloucester Cathedral in a performance shown on BBC TV on Good Friday in 1989. In 1990, she appeared as Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Salerno Cathedral and sang Nero at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

Cliff Eisen

Cliff Eisen (born 21 January 1952 in Toronto) is a Canadian musicologist and a Mozart expert. He has been based, since 1997, in the Department of Music at King's College London. As part of the department's strong connections with the Royal Academy of Music, Eisen also leads courses there. He has studied at the University of Toronto and at Cornell University, and has taught at the University of Western Ontario and New York University.Eisen is associate editor of the new Köchel catalogue and received the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society in 1992. His research focuses on the Classical period, particularly Mozart and performance practice. He has written extensively on the issues of authenticity surrounding the works of Leopold Mozart and his son, Wolfgang. Other publications of his deal with Mozart's chamber music, life in Salzburg, biography and his life in contemporary documentation.Eisen has been an adviser to Robert Levin and Christopher Hogwood for recordings of the complete Mozart piano concertos.Eisen was reprimanded for misconduct by New York University after sexually harassing Jennifer Miles, a transgender student, in 1997.

David Munrow

David John Munrow (12 August 1942 – 15 May 1976) was a British musician and early music historian.

Early Music Consort

The Early Music Consort of London was a British music ensemble in the late 1960s and 1970s which specialised in historically informed performance of Medieval and Renaissance music. It was

founded in 1967 by music academics Christopher Hogwood and David Munrow and produced many highly influential recordings. The group disbanded in 1976 following Munrow's death.

Emmanuel Music

Emmanuel Music is a Boston-based collective group of singers and instrumentalists founded in 1970 by Craig Smith. It was created specifically to perform the complete cycle of over 200 sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach in the liturgical setting for which they were intended, an endeavor twice completed and a tradition which continues today. Over the years, Emmanuel Music has garnered critical and popular acclaim through its presentations of large-scale and operatic works by Bach, Handel, Schubert, and Mozart as well as its in-depth exploration of the complete vocal, piano, and chamber works of Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, and currently, Beethoven.

A unique aspect of Emmanuel performances is its selection of vocal and instrumental soloists from a corps of musicians who have long been associated with the group. Emmanuel Music has given rise to renowned musicians at the local, national, and international level; its long-standing association with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison has also yielded a wealth of creative artistry. Emmanuel Music has achieved international recognition from audiences and critics alike in its innovative collaborations with leading visionaries among the other arts, including the Mark Morris Dance Group and stage director Peter Sellars. Emmanuel Music made its European debut in 1989 in Brussels at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, and its New York City debut at Lincoln Center in 2001.

In a schedule that totals over fifty performances per year, guest conductors have included composer John Harbison, Seiji Ozawa, Christopher Hogwood, and Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. Emmanuel Music has been the subject of numerous national radio and television specials, and has completed nine recording projects featuring works of Heinrich Schütz, John Harbison, and J. S. Bach, including the critically acclaimed best seller Bach Cantatas BWV 82 & 199 featuring Lorraine Hunt Lieberson on the Nonesuch label hailed as one of the Top CDs of the Year by The New York Times, the Mozart Piano Concertos and Fantasies with pianist Russell Sherman on the Emmanuel Music label, and the latest release on the AVIE label, Lorraine at Emmanuel. A project to record the complete Motets by contemporary composer James Primosch, long-time friend of Emmanuel Music, is in the works.

Craig Smith died in 2007 and composer John Harbison was acting artistic director as the search for a successor took place. Ryan Turner was named Artistic Director in 2010, with John Harbison continuing as Principal Guest Conductor.

Frank Kelley (tenor)

Frank Kelley is an American tenor who has performed in concert and in opera throughout North America and Europe. He holds music degrees from Florida State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Kelley has appeared with the San Francisco Opera, Brussels Opera (Professor Maginni in Stephen Climax, 1990), Boston Opera Theater, Boston Lyric Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Opéra de Lyon, Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), and the New Israeli Opera. The other ensembles he has sung with include Emmanuel Music, Tanglewood Festival, Ravinia Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Orchestra of St. Luke's, New Jersey Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Bach Society, Handel and Haydn Society, Cleveland Orchestra, PepsiCo SummerFare Festival, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music Bach Festival, Next Wave Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance Company, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Kelley has worked with the director Peter Sellars, including Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro (with Jayne West as the Contessa), and Die sieben Todsünden (with Teresa Stratas). Among the conductors the tenor has sung under are Craig Smith, Christopher Hogwood, Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, and Sir Roger Norrington.

His discography includes recordings of Zender's Stephen Climax (1990), Stravinsky's Renard (conducted by Hugh Wolff), Bach's "St John Passion" (as the Evangelist, conducted by Smith, 1999), the title role of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (conducted by Daniel Stepner, 2006), Aldridge's Elmer Gantry (as Eddie Fislinger, 2010), and Floyd's Wuthering Heights (as Joseph, 2015).

As of 2009, Mr Kelley is on the Voice Faculty of Boston University.

Harpsichordist

A harpsichordist is a person who plays the harpsichord.

Many baroque composers played the harpsichord, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, George Frideric Handel, François Couperin and Jean-Philippe Rameau. At this time, it was common for such musicians also to play the organ, and all keyboard instruments, and to direct orchestral music while playing continuo on the instrument.

Modern harpsichord playing can be roughly divided into three eras, beginning with the career of the influential reviver of the instrument, Wanda Landowska. At this stage of the 'harpsichord revival', players generally used harpsichords of a heavy, piano-influenced type made by makers such as Pleyel; the revival of the instrument also led some composers to write specifically for the instrument, often on the request of Landowska. An influential later group of English players using post-Pleyel instruments by Thomas Goff and the Goble family included George Malcolm and Thurston Dart. Beginning in the 1920s, Gavin Williamson and Philip Manuel also helped popularize the harpsichord through concert tours, and were, in fact, the world's only full-time harpsichord duo, known as Manuel and Williamson, performing throughout North American and Europe. They had studied for many years with Wanda Landowska both in France and in New York. In the 1930s Manual and Williamson made the first recordings of the Bach multiple keyboard concerti with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the duo also gave the American premiere performance of Bach's Concerto in C major for two harpsichords. In addition, they gave American premieres of many works of Couperin and Rameau, among other composers. The next generation of harpsichordists were pioneers of modern performance on instruments built according to the authentic practices of the earlier period, following the research of such scholar-builders as Frank Hubbard and William Dowd. This generation of performers included such players as Isohlde Ahlgrimm, Ralph Kirkpatrick, Igor Kipnis, and Gustav Leonhardt. More recently, many outstanding harpsichordists have appeared, such as Scott Ross, Trevor Pinnock, Kenneth Gilbert, Christopher Hogwood, Jos van Immerseel, Ton Koopman, Gary Cooper and David Schrader, with many of them also directing a baroque orchestra from the instrument.

Håkan Rosengren

Håkan Rosengren is a Swedish clarinet virtuoso, active in the United States and Europe. He has worked with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Neeme Järvi, Christopher Hogwood, Osmo Vänskä, Jorma Panula, Pascal Verrot, Jan Krenz, Matthias Aeschbacher, Okko Kamu, Keith Clark, Sakari Oramo, and Leif Segerstam in performances with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Odense Symphony, Helsingborg Symphony, Royal Swedish Chamber, Norrköping Symphony, Southern Jutland Symphony, Jönköping Symphony, Umeå Sinfonietta and Malmö Symphony Orchestras.

Rosengren’s concerto solo performances in Europe have taken him to the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, Prague Philharmonic, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Porto Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Slovakia Radio Symphony, Aukso Chamber Orchestra, Poznan Philharmonic, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, among others. Elsewhere he has appeared with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Minas Gerais Symphony (Brazil), Savannah Symphony, Akron Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Texas Festival Orchestra, Midland-Odessa Symphony, New West Symphony, and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.

Janice Felty

Janice Felty is an American operatic mezzo-soprano. She is known for her interpretations of contemporary composers like John Adams, Philip Glass, John Harbison, and Judith Weir.

In 1987, Felta played the title role in the Handel oratorio Athalia at the Boston Symphony Hall with conductor Christopher Hogwood. In 1991 Felty premiered several roles in John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer and recorded this work for Nonesuch Records.She appeared in the première of Steven Stucky’s To Whom I Said Farewell with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the composer conducting, Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and most recently Colin Matthews’ Continuum with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Maestro Salonen. Maestro Salonen and she repeated the work with the Chicago Symphony’s Music Now series.

Nico van der Meel

Nico van der Meel is a Dutch tenor. He made his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra during the 1987/1988 season and made a recording of Bach's St John Passion, conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken. Between 1989 and 1996, he made several tours and recordings of Bach's Mass in B minor and St Matthew Passion. He has since performed with conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, John Eliot Gardiner, Gustav Leonhardt, Peter Schreier, Jan Willem de Vriend, Helmuth Rilling, Michel Corboz and Sir Colin Davis. He has also performed in a number of operatic roles, including Alfred in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Sellem in Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, Pedrillo in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail under Christopher Hogwood, among others. He is a member of the group Camerata Trajectina and conducts the William Byrd Vocal Ensemble, which specializes in a cappella music from the 16th to the 20th century.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is a British period instrument orchestra. The OAE is a resident orchestra of the Southbank Centre, London, associate orchestra at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and has its headquarters at Kings Place. The leadership is rotated between three musicians: Matthew Truscott, Kati Debretzeni and Margaret Faultless.A group of period instrumentalist players formed the OAE as a self-governing ensemble in 1986, and took its name from the historical period in the late 18th century where the core of its repertoire is based. The OAE does not have a principal conductor, but chooses conductors individually. Having no permanent music director gives the orchestra flexibility to work with some of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists across a wide range of music. The current Principal Artists are Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Jurowski, Iván Fischer, John Butt, Sir Mark Elder and András Schiff. Sir Roger Norrington and William Christie are Emeritus Conductors, as were the late Frans Brüggen and Sir Charles Mackerras. Other conductors to have worked with the OAE at its invitation include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Edward Gardner, Robin Ticciati, Philippe Herreweghe, Gustav Leonhardt, René Jacobs, Harry Bicket, Christopher Hogwood, Marin Alsop, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ivor Bolton, Monica Huggett, and Bruno Weil.

Peter Harvey (baritone)

Peter Harvey (born 1958) is an English baritone. Harvey specialises in Baroque music. However, he also sings works by later composers, including contemporary ones.

Harvey was a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied languages before switching to music. He then went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.Harvey is known for his performances of Bach. He was a soloist in the Monteverdi Choir's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000; he completed the bass parts in seventy cantatas in performance and recording. He has since contributed to the Bach cycle being recorded by the J. S. Bach-Stiftung with the conductor Rudolf Lutz. He also has founded his own group, the Magdalena Consort, which released its first commercial recording in 2014: it consists of Bach cantatas performed "one voice per part".Harvey has also collaborated with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, with Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music, with Gérard Lesne and Il Seminario Musicale, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort.

He has appeared as St. John in a televised performance of John Tavener's The Cry of the Icon. In 2007 he undertook a U.S. tour with the Netherlands Bach Society and completed a series of performances of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem with the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, conducted by Michel Corboz, in Japan. With Roger Vignoles, he performed at the festivals in Cambridge and Lugo Schubert's Winterreise.Harvey has recorded more than 80 albums, including Bach's Passions and cantatas, cantatas by Dieterich Buxtehude, motets by Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau, sacred music by Monteverdi and Mozart's Requiem.He has been a visiting professor at the Royal College of Music in London.

Rafael Puyana

Rafael (Antonio Lazaro) Puyana Michelsen (14 October 1931 – 1 March 2013) was a Colombian harpsichordist.

Puyana was born in Bogotá in 1931, and began piano lessons at age 6 with his aunt and at age 13 made his debut at the Teatro Colón in Bogotá. When he was 16, he went to Boston to continue his piano studies at the New England Conservatory. He subsequently studied harpsichord with Wanda Landowska and musical composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

Puyana made his harpsichord début in New York in 1957. In 1961, he débuted in Boston in the Peabody Mason Concert series. One reviewer was so impressed by his performance, the sub-headline read: "Without any doubt, Rafael Puyana's recital at Jordan Hall last night was by far the greatest program of harpsichord music I have ever heard". He made his London debut in 1966.

Puyana performed with Yehudi Menuhin, Leopold Stokowski and Andrés Segovia. Composers Federico Mompou and Xavier Montsalvatge dedicated compositions to him - in Mompou's case, No. 11 of his Cançons i Danses.

Puyana taught such artists as Christopher Hogwood and Elizabeth de la Porte. He also collected historical instruments such as a 3-manual harpsichord made in 1740 by H.A. Hass.

Puyana died in Paris on March 1, 2013, aged 81.

Studio der frühen Musik

Studio der frühen Musik was an early music group active from 1960–1980 and based in Munich.

The leader of the group was Thomas Binkley, and the activity of the group coincided with the years he was teaching at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Core members of the group were Binkley, (lute), Sterling Jones (vielle), Andrea von Ramm (1928-1999) (mezzo-soprano, rebec, hurdy-gurdy and harp), who had previously organised an earlier Studio der Frühen Musik in Cologne. To these three members were added a male singer; first the tenors Nigel Rogers 1960-1964, then Willard Cobb 1964-1970, and Richard Levitt (counter-tenor) 1970-1979. The activity of the group ceased when Binkley returned to America to found the Early Music Institute at Bloomington, Indiana in 1979.

An important predecessor was New York Pro Musica, founded 1952 by Noah Greenberg (1919-1966). But Studio der frühen Musik produced a "radically different sound" anticipated other ensembles such as the Early Music Consort of London of David Munrow and Christopher Hogwood (founded 1967, disbanded in 1976 following Munrow's death), and the Clemencic Consort founded in 1969 by recorder player René Clemencic. The end of Studio der frühen Musik's activity coincided with the watershed in medieval performance moving to a cappella performance typified by Gothic Voices founded by Christopher Page in 1980.

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