Concentus Musicus Wien

Biography

As an ensemble playing early music on period instruments, Concentus Musicus Wien has paved the way for historically informed performance and the story of its success. Nikolaus Harnoncourt founded the orchestra in 1953 and was its artistic director until 2015. Harnoncourt’s credo was that ‘the music of every period can best be brought to life and is most convincingly realized using the resources of its time’. Among Concentus Musicus Wien’s many brilliant projects are recordings of the complete Bach cantatas for which they received a Gramophone Award. The ensemble is also famous for its opera recordings including Mozart’s Lucio Silla and Il re pastore, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas or Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, as well as numerous oratorios by Georg Friedrich Händel. The repertoire of Concentus Musicus today ranges from the Renaissance to Beethoven and Schubert, encompassing both sacred and secular works. With his nomination as artistic director of the Internationalen Barocktage Stift Melk, Michael Schade appointed the Concentus Musicus as the orchestra in residence of the festival.

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