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Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Conductor

Born in Berlin on 6th December 1929 and descended from Hapsburg and Huguenot nobility, the Austrian conductor and cellist Nikolaus Harnoncourt spent five decades at the forefront of the historically-informed performance movement and left a vast legacy of recordings including the first complete set of Bach cantatas of authentic instruments and boy sopranos (made with his friend Gustav Leonhardt and his Concentus Musicus Wien from 1971-1990). His interpretations of Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner and Schubert symphonies as well as the operas of Mozart demonstrate the same scholarly rigour and attention to period detail as his recordings of the 'early music' which initially made his name, and to which he would return throughout his long career.

Further Reading: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

 Recording of the Week, Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Beethoven's Missa Solemnis

Katherine listens to the recording of the Austrian conductor's final public performances.

 Obituary, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929-2016)

A tribute to the Austrian cellist and conductor, who died on Saturday aged 86.

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