Beethoven: Missa solemnisSony Classical
When Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducted Beethoven's Symphonies No. 4 and 5 at the Vienna Musikverein in May 2015, he was not only hailed by the audience, but the mood in the hall was "somehow one of valediction," to quote the subsequent review in the Viennese daily Der Standard. Harnoncourt's recording of these two symphonies was released in February 2016. In July 2015, Harnoncourt returned to conduct the Concentus Musicus Wien in four acclaimed performances of Beethoven's Missa solemnis at the styriarte Festival in Graz and, later, at the Salzburg Festival. They were to be his final concerts. In December 2015 he was forced to announce his retirement from the stage, nor was it possible for Sony Classical to complete its planned recording of all the Beethoven symphonies with Harnoncourt and the Concentus Musicus.
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Fixated on the musical past, Nikolaus Harnoncourt exerted a powerful influence on the present / New York Times
A sign of the times, if more were needed: No classical musician rated much notice in the bulging year-end lists of notables who died in 2016, not even Pierre Boulez, perhaps the best-known composer and conductor of recent decades. Still less, the esteemed Austrian maestro Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who died in March at 86. A cellist, conductor and scholar, Mr. Harnoncourt was also much more. Unlike the cosmop...
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - 'Mozart Changed My Life' / NPR
How do conductors become conductors? Some of the famous ones- like Arturo Toscanini, or Leopold Stokowski, seem born for it - with their shocks of white hair, waving their arms and shouting directions to the orchestra. But Nikolas Harnoncourt ascended to the podium under very different conditions, and it had to do with a single piece of music. Harnoncourt was a cellist in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra an...
Nikolaus Harnoncourt - Beethoven: Missa solemnis Makes WRTI's Summertime Roundup
WRTI's Mark Pinto fills us in on the latest classical music CDs Saturdays at 5 pm on Classical New Releases. Here are five newly released recordings he recommends. Take a look! Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Concentus Musius Wien, Beethoven: Missa Solemnis - Nikolaus Harnoncourt's first period instrument recording of Beethoven's late choral masterpiece is a triumphant and ...
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien - Beethoven: Missa solemnis / WFMT 'Featured Release'
The performances of Beethoven's Missa solemnis at the Styriarte festival in Graz and at the Salzburg Festival in summer 2015 were the last concerts of Nikolaus Harnoncourt – the same year he retired from the stage. It was his express wish that this recording, produced during rehearsals and the concerts in Graz should be his last release. Harnoncourt died on March 5, 2016, at the age of 86. The ...