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Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies aged 86

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Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies aged 86


The renowned Austrian conductor, Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died aged 86.

Known to millions from performances including the New Year’s concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, he was also refered to as the “pope” of the baroque music revival.

Harnoncourt’s work was considered ground-breaking as he sought to interpret music as faithfully to the original as possible.

A cellist famed for conducting both orchestral works and opera in Europe’s musical capital, Harnoncourt also collected historical instruments and wrote extensively on the performance of early music.

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