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Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Bach, JS: Ich habe genug, BWV 82: No. 1, Aria. "Ich habe genug" Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Huttenlocher 06:50
Haydn: Symphony No. 68 in B-Flat Major, Hob. I:68: I. Vivace Nikolaus Harnoncourt 07:02
Bach, JS: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: No. 2, Rezitativ. "Er kommt, er kommt" Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Equiluz 00:57
Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120: II. Romanze. Ziemlich langsam Nikolaus Harnoncourt 03:45
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act II : Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act II - No. 12, Voi che sapete Christine Schäfer, Wiener Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 03:14
Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major, RV 589: VI. Domine Deus Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sylvia McNair 03:37
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550: I. Molto allegro Nikolaus Harnoncourt 06:40
Bach, JS: Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 39, Aria. "Erbarme dich" Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernarda Fink 06:02
Bach, JS: Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 30, Aria mit Chor. "Ach, nun ist mein Jesus hin!" Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Bernarda Fink 03:47
Bach, JS: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, BWV 1041: III. Allegro assai Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Alice Harnoncourt 04:12

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A giant of classical music in the 20th century, Austrian composer and conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt rediscovered some of the great historical compositions and became recognised as a charismatic and highly influential maestro. Born into a wealthy family of Austrian aristocrats, he studied cello at the Vienna Music Academy and played in the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Herbert Von Karajan, but his interest in the history of classical music led him to form the ensemble Concentus Musicus Wien to perform one of the first operas - Monteverdi's 'L'Ofero'. It started a mission to re-introduce the forgotten pre-Baroque compositions using period instruments, and he went on to become a conductor in 1970 and spend nearly two decades recording Bach's cantatas with harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt.

In the 1980s he staged all of Mozart's operas and his interpretations of Beethoven's symphonies with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe proved highly popular and sold over a million copies. He won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2001 for his version of Bach's 'St Matthew Passion' and changed direction by recording Anton Bruckner's 'Symphony No. 9' in 2002 and performing music from George Gershwin's 'Porgy and Bess'. One of his final major projects was to work with Chinese pianist Lang Lang on a performance of Mozart's concertos and sonatas, before his death in 2016 aged 86.