The Australian Bach Society would like to pay homage to Nikolaus Harnoncourt, who passed away on 5 March 2016 in Salzburg at the age of 86. An unparalleled interpreter of Bach, one of the great conductors of baroque music and a pioneer of historically informed performance. While still a student, Harnancourt took a great interest in old music and historical instruments. He collected systematically a set of suitable instruments, brought together a highly qualified ensemble of musicians and, in 1953, founded the ensemble CONCENTUS MUSICUS. 1962 was the year of the great breakthrough into the field of records: Harnancourt played the Brandenburg Concerts in the original version and with original instruments. This was followed by St. John Passion, Mass in B-minor, St. Matthew Passion and the greatest recording project in the history of records: all of Bach’s cantatas.
Thank you, Maestro!