Hopkinson Smith has been called the most moving of present day lutenists...he approaches the lute's universe with a musicality which goes far beyond the seemingly limited voice of his instrument. We invite you to explore on this website the magic of his lute and its music.

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ホプキンソン・スミス(以下H):子供 の頃は、ピアノのレッスンを受けてい ました。歌うことが大好きで、学校や 教会でもよく歌いました。私の父は建 築家でしたが、音楽が大好きで、家に は沢山のレコードがあり、良質な音楽 に囲まれて育ちました。そして中学校 に上がると、吹奏楽部に入りました。 トランペットやホルン、サクソフォン 等、足りないパートの楽器を任されま した(笑)。

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Bach Pizzicato

Hopkinson Smith è uno dei padri della cosiddetta Musica Antica, al pari di Jordi Savall - con cui ha iniziato l’esperienza di Hesperion XX - Ton Koopman, Nicolaus Harnoncourt e uno dei liutisti più importanti in attività. La sua vasta e variegata discografia si arricchisce di un nuovo capitolo, ossia l’incisione delle prime tre Suite per violoncello solo di Johann Sebastian Bach eseguite su una tiorba tedesca. La pubblicazione targata Naïve (E 8937) può essere considerata il capitolo conclusivo di una personale ed emozionante ricognizione bachiana: con questo tassello Hopkinson Smith è il solo musicista ad aver registrato tutte le opere di Bach eseguibili su strumenti a pizzico. Abbiamo incontrato il musicista statunitense in margine a un suo concerto romano ed ecco il risultato dell’amabile conversazione.

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An Afternoon with Hopkinson Smith

HOPKINSON SMITH is involved with music in such a pure and direct manner that he might best be described as a composer’s performer, viewing each musical text as a hermetic entity demanding questions, discovery, analysis, sensitivity, and intimacy from the performer in order to unlock its secrets. There may be no other performer on the early music scene who has a broader mastery of plucked strings as well as a deep knowledge of the literature for each: 11- and 13-course Baroque lute, Renaissance lutes of all types, vihuela, Baroque guitar, Renaissance guitar, and theorbo.

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A Conversation with Bruce Duffie

Musical styles and tastes come and go. Individual composers and entire genres swing in and out of fashion, but the performance of Early Music — think pre-Bach — lay quite dormant for three centuries or more. Yes, there were a few — very few — practitioners of these styles who kept the ideas alive during the Baroque through the Impressionist periods, but only since the mid-1970s or so have we had a renaissance of Renaissance music! The end of the twentieth century saw (and heard!) a revival and the genuine interest in trying to replicate the authentic sounds and gestures that brought light to the world as it emerged from the dark ages.

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