Christopher Hogwood, 1941-2014

Mike Lawson • News • September 25, 2014

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Christopher Hogwood, the English conductor, harpsichordist, writer, musicologist, and founder of the Academy of Ancient Music, died on Wednesday, September 24, following an illness that lasted for several months.

Throughout his prolific career, Hogwood worked with many leading symphony orchestras and opera houses throughout the world. Once described as “the von Karajan of early music,” he was universally acknowledged as one of the most influential exponents of the historically informed early-music movement. He was dedicated to the discovery and recreation of the composer’s intentions, both in notation and performance.

Christopher Hogwood was widely regarded as one of the world’s most eloquent advocates of period performance, and his conducting projects were closely connected to his research and editing work.

Hogwood’s discography, which includes the complete Mozart and Beethoven symphonies, boasts over 200 recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music on Decca, many of which have attracted some of the world’s most prestigious awards.
He was 73.

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