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Sacred Vocal Music - Released October 15, 2010 | RCA Red Seal

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année - Hi-Res Audio
Widely respected as a pioneer in the field of early music who employed original instruments in performances of Baroque and Classical music, Nikolaus Harnoncourt is also admired for his insightful interpretations of 19th century music. His 2007 recording with the Vienna Philharmonic of Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem is characteristic of his handling of the Romantic repertoire, insofar as he clearly knows the best scholarship on performance style, yet neither makes authenticity a fetish nor lets expression suffer through an obsession with period practice. The sound of the orchestra is quite modern and full, and there is no attempt to make the strings play with minimal vibrato or to make the ensemble seem reduced in size or altered in the seating arrangement, unlike some historically informed performances. Furthermore, Harnoncourt's tempos are conventional, and the pacing is steady and even on the slow and reverent side, so his approach shows that he is far from doctrinaire in his choices and doesn't always follow a revisionist approach. The singing by the Arnold Schoenberg Choir is quite rich and smoothly blended, and the solos by soprano Genia Kühmeier and baritone Thomas Hampson are warm and expressive. Overall, the sound of the recording is fine, though RCA's microphone placement seems a little distant and soft-focused, so some of the details in the counterpoint seem hazy.
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Symphonies - Released August 13, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Symphonies - Released February 5, 2016 | Sony Classical

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Nothing new under the sun ? Oh but yes! This recording of the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies of Beethoven by the venerable Nikolaus Harnoncourt lives and breathes brand new. The difference is most notable seeing as he calls on an instrumentarium (along the lines of what Beethoven had in his time) particularly wind-based, whose sound is frankly different from what we know today. Listeners beware: you'll never listen to these two Beethoven symphonies with the same ear once you've had a taste of the original fountain that is sourced here in the 85th year of Harnoncourts wonderful musical mind © SM / Qobuz
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released June 3, 2016 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 4 étoiles de Classica
In July 2015, just eight months before his death, Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducted spiritual opus of Beethoven, the enigmatic and titanic Missa Solemnis, for a final time. It was a work that he addressed very late in his career, with 1988 being the first time. At the head of his Concentus Musicus and the Arnold Schönberg Choir, he produces an uncluttered reading, stripped of all excess weight that has restricted so many conductors in the past, including the most famous. It’s almost like attending a huge Mass! Both the Piano and silence are key, allowing the monument to emerge in all its grandeur from the calm. Suddenly the lines become clear and intelligible, the "lengths" acquire their entire purpose... what we see from the old lion Harnoncourt here is most extraordinary, with his ability to allow the listener to peer into the soul of Beethoven. If there is only one record to keep... © SM / Qobuz
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Symphonic Music - Released March 5, 2012 | Sony Classical

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Concertos - Released December 14, 2012 | Sony Classical

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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released August 29, 2006 | Warner Classics International

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Sacred Oratorios - Released December 28, 2008 | Teldec

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Oratorios (secular) - Released April 26, 2013 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released January 1, 1999 | Warner Classics International

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Cantatas (sacred) - Released November 13, 2009 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Symphonies - Released February 21, 2014 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released June 1, 1991 | Warner Classics International

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Symphonic Music - Released May 1, 1991 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released May 29, 2006 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released June 19, 2007 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released March 1, 1992 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released April 1, 2012 | Warner Classics International

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Classical - Released June 5, 2007 | Warner Classics International

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