Clarinetist and horn player whom you may have heard on
the soundtrack of Ben-Hur. If
not, there have been ample opportunities: Hugo has recorded with Neil Diamond
(Beautiful Noise, In My Lifetime), Frankie Laine (Rawhide)
and Frank Sinatra (Trilogy). He has also appeared on a number of
classical albums, interpreting the works of Laurindo
de Almeida, Antonin Dvorak, Maurice Ravel, and Arnold
Schoenberg. On 24th
September 1956, he appeared, as a member of The Los Angeles Winds, on a
recording of Dvorak's "Serenade in D minor". The conductor was David Raksin. A
year later, he worked with Robert Craft on a recording of Schoenberg's
"Serenade, Op. 24", a piece that is unique in that it also
employs a bass clarinet, guitar, and mandolin. It was not his only foray into the
Schoenberg catalogue: He performed
clarinet duties on the composer's "4 Stucke"
and his "Suite, Op. 29".
In 1970, he collaborated with harpist Marcel Grandjany
on Ravel's "Introduction et Allegro". A decade later, this time with The
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he lent support to Almeida's "Primeiro Concerto para Violao e Orquestra". In 2007, the final touches were
being put on Ebony Concerto, a showcase
of clarinet works, featuring Hugo on Harold Owen's
"Chamber Music for Four B-flat Clarinets".