Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music - Sunday 12 October 2014, 9pm

Catherine Bott pays tribute to the conductor Christopher Hogwood, who passed away last month.

Christopher Hogwood

Tonight Catherine Bott recalls her good friend and colleague, the British conductor Christopher Hogwood , who died on 24 September at the age of 73.  

As is her tradition in this show, Catherine poses a question. This week: Why was Christopher Hogwood one of this country's most important conductors?

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To illustrate her point, Catherine has extracts from Hogwood's seminal recording of Handel's Messiah, showcases his working partnership with James Bowman - the greatest counter-tenor of the second half of the 20th century - and we'll hear Catherine herself singing Dido's Lament by Purcell and sharing her personal recollections of that recording. 
 
There will also be a rare chance to hear Hogwood himself playing the clavichord. "He was one of the best," Catherine says.

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