Nikolaus Harnoncourt was born in Berlin in 1929. His dissatisfaction with conventional interpretations of early music led him to found the Concentus Musicus in 1953. The unusual, radically different musical style of the ensemble, combined with its insistence on using only historical instruments, quickly earned it a prominent reputation. In contrast to the convention of playing the romanticised versions of Franz Schubert's symphonies edited by Johannes Brahms, Harnoncourt seeks to revive the original character of the music as Schubert intended it. He goes back to Schubert's original manuscripts, comparing and readjusting, ridding the score of all disfiguring changes made since it was written. The results of this restoration are striking: music that is full of drama and a dynamic range much broader than we are familiar with - Schubert in his purest form.


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Wiener Musikverein

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"Unfinished ... undiscovered"

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Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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Franz Schubert

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Harnoncourt at the Musikverein