Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies at 86

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died after a career characterised by a search for authenticity in baroque and other classical music. He was 86.

The Vienna Society of Friends of Music, which was closely associated with Harnoncourt, said he died on Saturday night but did not give the cause of death.

Harnoncourt was one of the last great post-war Austrian conductors, alongside Herbert von Karajan, Karl Boehm and Carlos Kleiber.

He was noted for his concern for historical detail and he thought of his conducting as alive and romantic, not a relic of history.

His recording of Bach’s St Matthew Passion won a Grammy Award in 2001.

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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