Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Biography

Born: December 6, 1929  
Perhaps no single musician has ever achieved such high accomplishment across such a broad span of repertory as Nikolaus Harnoncourt. His first professional job was as cellist for the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Almost immediately, however, Harnoncourt sought to specialize in performing music of the past upon historically correct instruments; he was one of the first professional musicians to do so. Over the course of a stunningly influential Read more career, Harnoncourt has gradually worked forward into more modern repertories. His many awards include repeated top recording medals from at least six European countries, and a Grammophone Award for Special Achievement in 1990. His decades of recordings on the Teldec label fully encompass seven centuries of music history.

Harnoncourt considers his own life strongly influenced by an adolescence under the shadow of Nazism. He was born Nikolaus de la Fontaine und d'Harnoncourt in Berlin; his aristocratic family moved south to its ancestral mansion in Graz, Austria. After years of hardship under the Nazi regime, the Harnoncourt family fled to Salzburg in 1945. There he found his calling, and began studying the cello under Paul Grummer. No less a figure than Herbert von Karajan accepted Harnoncourt into the Vienna Symphony in 1952. However, his path was destined elsewhere. While in college, Harnoncourt became fascinated by the original Baroque instruments languishing in antique shops, and wondered why professional musicians didn't use these brilliant artifacts to produce the music of their time.

In 1953, Harnoncourt and his wife Alice founded the Concentus Musicus Wien, the first professional Baroque orchestra. They took players from the symphony, trained collaboratively for four years on early instruments, and exploded onto the European scene in 1957. Their first recording project was the Purcell Viol Fantasias, followed by a series of highly acclaimed recordings of the major works of Bach. In the 1970s, Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt collaborated on a massive recording project of all Bach's cantatas. Meanwhile, Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus romped through much of the Baroque literature, including Monteverdi's operas, Telemann, Rameau, and Fux. Later, he broadened his repertory to include Haydn and Mozart with Concentus Musicus, as well as masterworks from the nineteenth century operatic and symphonic repertory (including a million-selling cycle of Beethoven symphonies) with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra. He taught as professor of performance practice at the Salzburg Mozarteum (1972-1993), and has written three full-length books on the subject closest to his heart. Read less
Mozart: Symphonies Nos 39, 40 & 41 / Harnoncourt, Vienna Concentus Musicus
Release Date: 09/02/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 302635   Number of Discs: 2
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Biography

Born: December 6, 1929  
Perhaps no single musician has ever achieved such high accomplishment across such a broad span of repertory as Nikolaus Harnoncourt. His first professional job was as cellist for the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Almost immediately, however, Harnoncourt sought to specialize in performing music of the past upon historically correct instruments; he was one of the first professional musicians to do so. Over the course of a stunningly influential Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante
3. Presto
Allegro moderato
Adagio
Presto
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegretto - Presto
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio
IV. Molto allegro
I. Molto allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto. Allegretto - Trio
IV. Finale. Allegro assai
Pars III aus "Mensa Sonora...1680" (2012 - Remaster): I. Gagliarda (Allegro)
Pars III aus "Mensa Sonora...1680" (2012 - Remaster): II. Aria
Pars III aus "Mensa Sonora...1680" (2012 - Remaster): III. Ciacona
Pars III aus "Mensa Sonora...1680" (2012 - Remaster): IV. Sonatina
I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (Ziemlich langsam)
II. Denn alles Fleisch, es ist wie Gras (Langsam, marschmäßig)
III. Herr, lehre doch mich, dass ein Ende mit mir haben muss (Andante moderato)
IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Mäßig bewegt)
V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (Langsam)
VI. Denn wir haben hier keine bleibende Statt (Andante)
VII. Selig sind die Toten, die in dem Herren sterben (Feierlich)
Ouverture
Part I: I. Szene im Garten (Faust, Gretchen, Mephistopheles, Marthe)
Part I: II. Gretchen vor dem Bild der Mater Dolorosa (Gretchen)
Part I: III. Szene im Dom (Boser Geist, Gretchen, Choir)
Part II: IV. Sonnenaufgang: Die ihr dies Haupt umschwebt im luft'gen Kreise (Ariel, Chorus, Faust)
Part II: IV. Sonnenaufgang: Taler grunen, Hugel schwellen (Chorus, Ariel)
Part II: IV. Sonnenaufgang: Des Lebens Pulse schlagen frisch-lebendig (Faust)
Part II: IV. Sonnenaufgang: So ist es also, wenn ein sehnend Hoffen (Faust)
Part II: V. Mitternacht: Ich heisse der Mangel (Mangel, Schuld, Not, Sorge, 4 Women)
Part II: V. Mitternacht: Vier sah ich kommen, drei nur gehn (Faust, Sorge)
Part II: V. Mitternacht: Die Nacht scheint tiefer tief hereinzudringen (Faust)
Part II: VI. Fausts Tod (Mephistopheles, Lemuren, Faust, Choir)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Waldung, sie schwankt heran (Choir)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Ewiger Wonnebrand (Pater Ecstaticus)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Fussen (Pater Profundus, Pater Seraphicus, Selige Knaben)
Part III. VII. Fausts Verklarung: Welch ein Morgenwolkchen schwebet (Pater Seraphicus, Chorus, Selige Knaben)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Gerettet ist das edle Glied (Engel, Selige Knaben, Choir, Vollendeter Engel)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Gerettet ist das edle Glied (Engel)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Hier ist die Aussicht frei (Doctor Marianus)
Part III. VII. Fausts Verklarung: Dir, der Unberuhrbaren (Doctor Marianus, Choir, Magna Peccatrix, Mulier Samaritana, Maria Aegyptiaca, Una Poenitentium, Selige Knaben, Gretchen, Mater Gloriosa)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Alles Vergangliche ist nur ein Gleichnis (Chorus Mysticus, SSATB)
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Overture
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Hier soll ich dich denn sehen" [Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Aber wie soll ich in den Palast kommen" [Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Wer ein Liebchen hat gefunden" "Verwünscht seist du samt deinem Liede!" [Osmin, Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Könnt' ich mir doch noch so einen Schurken" [Osmin, Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Solche hergelauf'ne Laffen" [Osmin]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Geh nur, verwünschter Aufpasser" [Pedrillo, Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Konstanze! dich wieder zu sehen! - O wie ängstlich, o wie feurig" [Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Geschwind, geschwind auf die Seite" [Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Singt dem grossen Bassa Lieder" [Chorus]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Immer noch traurig, geliebte Konstanze?" [Selim, Konstanze]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Ach ich liebte, war so glücklich!" [Konstanze]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Ihr Schmerz, ihre Tränen, ihre Standhaftigkeit" [Selim, Pedrillo, Belmonte, Osmin]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 1 "Marsch! Marsch! Marsch! trollt euch fort" [Osmin, Belmonte, Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln" [Blonde]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Zärtlichkeit! Schmeicheln!" [Osmin, Blonde]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Ich gehe, doch rate ich dir" [Blonde, Osmin]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Wie traurig das gute Mädchen daherkommt" [Blonde]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Welcher Wechsel herrscht in meiner Seele" "Traurigkeit ward mir zum Lose" [Konstanze]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Ach mein bestes Fräulein!" [Blonde, Konstanze, Selim]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Martern aller Arten" [Konstanze]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Ist das ein Traum?" [Selim]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Kein Bassa, keine Konstanze mehr da?" [Blonde, Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Welche Wonne, welche Lust" [Blonde]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Ah, dass es schon vorbei wäre!" [Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Frisch zum Kampfe! Frisch zum Streite!" [Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Ha! Geht's hier so lustig zu?" [Osmin, Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Vivat Bacchus! Bacchus lebe!" [Pedrillo, Osmin]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Wahrhaftig, es geht doch nichts über den Wein!" [Pedrillo, Osmin, Belmonte, Konstanze]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Wenn der Freude Tränen fliessen" [Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Ich hab' hier ein Schiff in Bereitschaft" [Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 2 "Ach Belmonte! ach mein Leben!" [Konstanze, Belmonte, Pedrillo, Blonde]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "O Konstanze! Wie schlägt mir das Herz!" [Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "Ich baue ganz auf deine Stärke" [Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "Alles liegt auf dem Ohr" [Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "In Mohrenland gefangen war" [Pedrillo]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "Sie macht auf Herr!" [Pedrillo, Konstanze]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "Gift und Dolch! Was ist das?" [Osmin, Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "O, wie will ich triumphieren" [Osmin]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "Was gibt's, Osmin, was gibt's" [Selim, Osmin, Konstanze, Belmonte]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "Welch ein Geschick!" "Meinetwegen sollst du sterben!" [Belmonte, Konstanze]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "Zitterst du?" [Selim, Belmonte, Konstanze, Pedrillo, Osmin]
Mozart : Die Entführung aus dem Serail : Act 3 "Nie werd' ich deine Huld verkennen" [Belmonte, Konstanze, Blonde, Pedrillo, Osmin, Chorus]
Sinfonia
"Cinque... dieci... venti..."
"Cosa stai misurando"
"Se a caso Madama la notte ti chiama"
"Or bene, ascolta, e taci"
Bravo, Signor padrone! (Figaro)
"Se vuol ballare, signor Contino"
"Ed aspettaste il giorno fissato a le sue nozze"
"La vendetta, oh, la vendetta"
"Tutto ancor no ho perso"
"Via resti servita, madama brillante"
"Va là, vecchia pedante" - "Susannetta, sei tu?"
"Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio"
"Ah, son perduto!"
"Cosa sento! tosto andate"
"Basilio, in traccia tosto"
Giovani liete, fiori spargete (Coro)
Cos'è questa commedia? (Conte, Figaro, Susanna)
Giovani liete, fiori spargete (Coro)
"Evviva!"
"Non più andrai"
"Porgi amor"
Vieni, cara Susanna (Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino)
Quanto duolmi, Susanna (Contessa, Susanna, Cherubino)
"Voi che sapete"
"Bravo! che bella voce!"
"Venite... inginocchiatevi..."
"Quante buffonerie!"
"Che novità!"
"Susanna, or via, sortite"
"Dunque, voi non aprite?"
"Aprite, presto, aprite"
Oh guarda il demonietto! (Susanna)
"Tutto è come il lasciai"
"Esci, omai, garzon malnato" - "Susanna!... Signore!"
Susanna, son morta (Contessa, Susanna, Conte)
Signori di fuori son già i suonatori (Figaro, Conte, Susanna, Contessa)
Conoscete, signor Figaro (Conte, Figaro, Susanna, Contessa)
Ah! signor, signor
Vostre dunque saran queste carte (Antonio, Conte, Figaro, Susanna, Contessa)
"Voi signor, che giusto siete"
"Che imbarazzo è mai questo" - "Via, fatti core"
"Crudel! perchè finora"
"E perchè fosti meco"
"Hai già vinta la causa" - "Vedrò mentr'io sospiro"
"E decisa la lite"
"Riconosci in questo amplesso"
"Eccovi, o caro amico"
"Andiamo, andiam, bel paggio"
"E Susanna non vien!" - "Dove sono i bei momenti"
"Io vi dico, signor" - "Cosa mi narri!"
Sull'aria
"Piegato è il foglio..."
"Ricevete, o padroncina"
"Queste sono, Madama" - "Eh cospettaccio!" - "Signor, se trattene"
"Ecco la marcia... andiamo" - La marcia (Figaro, Susanna, Conte, Contessa)
Amanti costanti, seguaci d'onor (Due donne, Coro)
Eh già, solita usanza (Conte, Figaro)
Andate, amici (Conte, Coro)
"L'ho perduta... me meschina!"
"Barbarina, cos'hai?" - "Madre... Figlio." - "Presto, avvertiam Susanna"
"Il capro e la capretta"
"Chi va là?"
"In quegli anni in cui val poco"
"Tutto è disposto" - "Aprite un po' quegli occhi"
"Madama voi tremate"
"Giunse alfin il momento" - "Deh vieni non tardar"
"Perfida! e in quella forma meco mentia?"
"Pian pianin le andrò più presso"
Ecco qui la mia Susanna (Conte, Susanna, Figaro, Cherubino, Contessa)
Tutto è tranquillo e placido (Figaro, Susanna)
Pace, pace, mio dolce tesoro
"Gente, gente, all'armi"
Haydn : Symphony No.68 in B flat major : I Vivace
Haydn : Symphony No.68 in B flat major : II Menuetto
Haydn : Symphony No.68 in B flat major : III Adagio cantabile
Haydn : Symphony No.68 in B flat major : IV Finale - Presto
Haydn : Symphony No.93 in D major : I Adagio - Allegro assai
Haydn : Symphony No.93 in D major : II Largo cantabile
Haydn : Symphony No.93 in D major : III Menuetto - Trio
Haydn : Symphony No.93 in D major : IV Finale - Presto, ma non troppo
Haydn : Symphony No.94 in G major, 'Surprise' : I Adagio cantabile - Vivace assai
Haydn : Symphony No.94 in G major, 'Surprise' : II Andante
Haydn : Symphony No.94 in G major, 'Surprise' : III Menuet - Trio
Haydn : Symphony No.94 in G major, 'Surprise' : IV Finale - Allegro di molto
Haydn : Symphony No.95 in C minor : I Allegro moderato
Haydn : Symphony No.95 in C minor : II Andante
Haydn : Symphony No.95 in C minor : III Menuetto
Haydn : Symphony No.95 in C minor : IV Finale - Vivace
Haydn : Symphony No.96 in D major, 'The Miracle' : I Adagio - Allegro
Haydn : Symphony No.96 in D major, 'The Miracle' : II Andante
Haydn : Symphony No.96 in D major, 'The Miracle' : IV Finale - Vivace assai
Haydn : Symphony No.97 in C major : I Adagio - Vivace
Haydn : Symphony No.97 in C major : II Adagio, ma non troppo
Haydn : Symphony No.97 in C major : III Menuetto - Allegretto
Haydn : Symphony No.97 in C major : IV Finale - Spiritiuoso
Haydn : Symphony No.98 in B flat major : I Adagio - Allegro
Haydn : Symphony No.98 in B flat major : II Adagio cantabile
Haydn : Symphony No.98 in B flat major : III Menuetto - Allegro
Haydn : Symphony No.98 in B flat major : IV Finale - Presto
Haydn : Symphony No.99 in E flat major : II Adagio
Haydn : Symphony No.99 in E flat major : II Adagio
Haydn : Symphony No.99 in E flat major : III Menuetto - Allegretto
Haydn : Symphony No.99 in E flat major : IV Finale - Vivace
Haydn : Symphony No.100 in G major, 'Military' : I Adagio - Allegro
Haydn : Symphony No.100 in G major, 'Military' : II Allegretto
Haydn : Symphony No.100 in G major, 'Military' : III Menuet - Moderato
Haydn : Symphony No.100 in G major, 'Military' : IV Finale - Presto
Haydn : Symphony No.101 in D major, 'The Clock' : I Adagio - Presto
Haydn : Symphony No.101 in D major, 'The Clock' : II Andante
Haydn : Symphony No.101 in D major, 'The Clock' : III Menuet - Allegretto
Haydn : Symphony No.101 in D major, 'The Clock' : IV Finale - Vivace
Haydn: Symphony No. 102 in B Major: Largo vivace
Haydn : Symphony No.102 in B flat major : II Adagio
Haydn : Symphony No.102 in B flat major : III Menuet - Allegro
Haydn : Symphony No.102 in B flat major : IV Finale - Presto
Haydn : Symphony No.103 in E flat major, 'Drum Roll' : I Adagio - Allegro con spirito
Haydn : Symphony No.103 in E flat major, 'Drum Roll' : II Andante più tosto allegretto
Haydn : Symphony No.103 in E flat major, 'Drum Roll' : III Menuet
Haydn : Symphony No.103 in E flat major, 'Drum Roll' : IV Finale - Allegro con spirito
Haydn : Symphony No.104 in D major, 'London' : I Adagio - Allegro
Haydn : Symphony No.104 in D major, 'London' : II Andante
Haydn : Symphony No.104 in D major, 'London' : III Menuetto - Allegretto
Haydn : Symphony No.104 in D major, 'London' : IV Finale - Spirituoso
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 3. Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto
1. Allegro - Cadenza: Robert Levin
2. Adagio - Cadenza: Robert Levin
3. Rondo (Allegro) - Lead-in: Gidon Kremer
1. Allegro - Cadenza by Robert Levin
2. Andante cantabile - Cadenza by Robert Levin
3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo) - Cadenza by Robert Levin
1. Allegro aperto
2. Adagio
3. Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 1. Allegro - Cadenza: Robert Levin
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 In G, K.216 - 2. Adagio - Cadenza: Robert Levin
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216 - 3. Rondo (Allegro) - Lead-in: Gidon Kremer
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 In D, K.218 - 1. Allegro - Cadenza by Robert Levin
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 2. Andante cantabile - Cadenza by Robert Levin
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218 - 3. Rondeau (Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo) - Cadenza by Robert Levin
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 1. Allegro aperto
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 2. Adagio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219 - 3. Rondeau. Tempo di Menuetto


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