Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in London and receives RPS Gold Medal
Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in a very rare appearance in London on 22 April at the Barbican Concert Hall.
During this concert Nikolaus Harnoncourt will be presented with the Royal Philharmonic Society's prestigious Gold Medal
The Royal Philharmonic Society'scitation:
'Nikolaus Harnoncourt was a pioneer in the early period instrument revival, but much more besides. As a conductor his name is legendary with singers for his extraordinary vision into early, baroque, classical and even operetta. Performances with Harnoncourt are always unique and special.
'Nearly 60 years ago he formed the Concentus Musicus Wien with period instruments, but he also works with most of the world's main orchestras using modern instruments and was one of the earliest pioneers of this dual approach. His performances of the Monteverdi operas along with the Mozart cycle in Zurich stand as landmark events. He is a man who is dedicated to music and humanity.'