Performance Today

Remembering Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Nikolaus HarnoncourtCourtesy of the artist

March 08, 2016

Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt believed in the supremacy of the composer's voice. "A composer must be remembered, but a performer must be forgotten," Harnoncourt once said. But how could we not celebrate one of the most distinguished figures who brought that voice to life? On Tuesday's Performance Today, we'll honor the conductor who died over the weekend.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127: Movements 3-4
The Orion String Quartet
CMSLC, Hodgson Concert Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Aaron Copland: Duo for flute and piano
Lorna McGhee, flute; Andrew Armstrong, piano
Seattle Chamber Music Society, Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA

George Frideric Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 3, in e minor
Concentus Musicus of Vienna; Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
Handel Concerti Grossi Op. 3 and Op. 6
Teldec 35603

Hour 2

Antonin Dvorak: Piano Trio No.1, Op.21: Movement 1
The Fairmont Trio: William Preucil, violin; Mark Kosower, cello; Jee-Won Oh, piano
The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, The Mar-a-lago Club, Palm Beach, FL

Bedrich Smetana: Ma vlast (My Homeland): Movements 5-6
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Jiri Belohlavek, conductor
NHK Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Salvador Brotons: Dues noves suggestions
Adam Levin, guitar
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University, Morrow, GA