10 September 1941 – 24 September 2014
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Martinů recording recommended in this month's Gramophone magazine
January 23, 2013
Christopher's recording of Toccata e due canzoni with the Kammerorchester Basel has been selected as one of the top ten Martinů recordings in January's Gramophone.

The recording, on the Arte Nova label, also includes Stravinsky's Concerto in D for strings and Honegger's Symphony No. 4 "Deliciae Basiliensis".

Kammerorkester Basel / Christopher Hogwood
Arte Nova 74321 86236 2 (65:36 · DDD · 2001) Buy from Amazon

"This CD marks the start of a project with the Kammerorchester Basel (KOB) to develop certain programming traits which were typical of the Basler Kammerorchester under the direction of Paul Sacher. The archives of the Sacher Stiftung in Basel contain many treasures of contemporary music commissioned by Sacher, and first performed by him. In addition the documentation of more than 50 years of concert giving, both with the Basler Kammerorchester and the Collegium Musicum Zürich demonstrates his masterly sense of the possibilities of combining old and new music to best effect. This juxtaposition we feel is still a vital ingredient of our concert planning, while many of the twentieth century works dedicated to the orchestra and Sacher are best presented in the contexts for which he originally designed them. The programme of this CD replicates a concert given on 21 January 1947 to celebrate twenty years of the Basler Kammerorchester with three works specially commissioned from leading composers for the occasion. The sleeve notes included are also taken from the annotations supplied by the original composers for the occasion."