This file photo taken on July 24, 2012 shows the austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt during a rehearsal in Salzburg, Austria. / AFP / APA / BARBARA GINDL
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Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, whose career first focused on a search for authenticity in Baroque and other old music and later expanded into masterful interpretations across the classical spectrum, has died.One of the last great postwar Austrian conductors, alongside Herbert von Karajan, Karl Boehm and Carlos Kleiber, Nikolaus Harnoncourt's concern for historical detail was legendary.Already in 1999, Switzerland's Neue Zuercher Zeitung labeled him "the protagonist of the new expressionism".As a cellist in 1953, he founded the Concentus Musicus Wien, a platform for his work on Renaissance and baroque music that uses period instruments and will remain his calling card. Harnoncourt is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.
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