RIP Maestro Harnoncourt

Nikolaus Harnoncourt passed away today.

What a loss for classical music!

I’ve not written about any of his recordings on my blog. He’s been mentioned a couple of times as a great alternative version, but I’ve never recommended his version as the best.

Just to be clear this is not because I do not absolutely admire this genius! His influence on classical music by being a leading advocate of historically informed practice is huge.

I have many many of his recordings, and like most of them. There was never an uninteresting version, he always had something to say. He will be missed.

Playing in his honor today on my stereo is:

Mozart Requiem Nikolaus Harnoncourt Concentus Musicus Wien Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 24 44

You can find this outstanding recording here (Qobuz)