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  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s recording of the Mozart Requiem is now available for a limited time at a special price as part of the iTunes Essentials series. This wonderful album collection presents superlative performances of essential masterpieces, all from high resolution master recordings, and all Mastered for iTunes.



  • New recording - MOZART: Posthorn-Serenade & Symphony No. 35 "Haffner"

    On January 27, 2014 Sony Classical releases a remarkable addition to Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s discography: Combining symphonic grandeur with light-footed dances and soloistic virtuoso display, Mozart’s great Posthorn-Serenade from 1779 is the ideal pièce de resistance for Harnoncourt and his ensemble, the Concentus Musicus Wien. Their interpretation, captured live at the Vienna Musikverein, is complemented with a buoyant rendering of Mozart’s much-loved Haffner symphony.





  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s recording of the Mozart Requiem is now available as part of the iTunes Essentials series. This wonderful album collection presents superlative performances of essential masterpieces, all from high resolution master recordings, and all Mastered for iTunes.




  • Timotheus, or The Power of Musick

    A monster concert featuring some 600 performers in Vienna’s Court Riding School on 29 November 1812 led to the formation of the “Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde” (Society of the Friends of Music), and this was celebrated two centuries later in the form of a reconstruction of that memorable concert from 1812 under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. On the programme, then as now, was Timotheus oder Die Gewalt der Musik (Timotheus, or The Power of Musick), the German version of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast that Mozart himself had prepared. Find more details on the album here.


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  • Captured live at two concerts in June 2012 at the Vienna Musikverein, this recording sheds a new light on two of Mozart’s mature piano concerti. Nikolaus Harnoncourt teamed up with the legendary pianist Rudolf Buchbinder to record this repertoire for the first time with his ensemble, the Concentus Musicus Wien. The combination of a historic fortepiano and original instruments creates unusual colouring and is a unique listening experience.



  • Mozart’s presumably best-known opera, The Magic Flute, opens the series of new opera productions of the 2012 Salzburg Festival. Nikolaus Harnoncourt will lead the Mozart production on historic instruments.

    Alexander Pereira, director of the Salzburg Festival, says: “It is not only a first for Salzburg, but also for Nikolaus Harnoncourt to perform this work in this sound-world in Salzburg, together with Concentus Musicus, bringing his entire life’s experience to bear on this production, and I am infinitely grateful to him for this gift,” Pereira expressed his delight.

  • For the first time, the Cologne College of Music and Dance has awarded an honorary doctorate to an outstanding artist. With Nikolaus Harnoncourt they have honoured an artist who represents ideally the broad educational programme of a music college with the wide range of his own musical, scholarly and teaching activities.

    On 10th June 2011, Harnoncourt publicly rehearsed and explained to the audience works by Muffat, Biber and others together with the ensemble of the Cologne college's Early Music Institute. The official doctorate ceremony was held afterwards in the chamber music room.

  • Dance as an expression of great social and musical change: Nikolaus Harnoncourt traces the rise of the waltz which accompanied the social revolutions of the 19th century and shows how its origins can be found in the dances of Mozart. In doing so, he introduces us to a radically new sound world far removed from the notions of waltz as easy entertainment - played on original instruments, among them ten different types of trumpet and five different kinds of clarinet, these works sparkle with a many-faceted and finely nuanced diversity of sound.

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