CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014)

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

Christopher's Vivaldi recordings reissued as a 20-CD box set

October 22, 2013

A 20-CD box set of Christopher's recordings of the works of Vivaldi with the Academy of Ancient Music, originally released by Decca under its L'Oiseau-Lyre label, has been issued by Universal Music Italy. It is now available to buy online from Amazon at just over €40 - an excellent bargain averaging €2 per CD, making it perfect for early Christmas present shopping!

 

amazon-vivaldi.jpgThe box set represents the full range of Vivaldi recordings Christopher made with the AAM, and includes L'Estro Armonico Op.3, La Stravaganza Op.4, and the violin concertos Opp. 6, 8, 9, 11, and 12; solo concertos for flute (op. 10), oboe, bassoon, and cello; and various concerti grossi. Also featured are the complete cello sonatas, along with the cantatas "Amor, hai vinto" and "Nulla in mundo pax sincera", and sacred vocal works Stabat Mater, Nisi Dominus and the enduringly popular Gloria.

The sleeve notes for this reissue include new pieces by Christopher on 'Vivaldi in Performance' and by Michael Talbot on 'The Importance of Vivaldi'. The set carries the following dedication:

Dedicated to the memory of Peter Wadland, a figure unique in the glorious history of L’Oiseau Lyre, of which he was for many years artistic director, personally producing the majority of its recordings.

 
 

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