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The COE and Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Nikolaus Harnoncourt was a close and dedicated friend of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 30 years and the news of his death is immensely sad.  For those of us fortunate enough to have known and worked with him over three decades, his impact both collectively and individually was revelatory and profound. He was a towering musical personality and a significant influence on all our lives.

Nikolaus connected with our most fundamental understanding of what it is to be a musician and expressed his extraordinary understanding of repertoire and performance practice with strength, boundless energy and a force of character that took us to musical worlds that we did not imagine existed and which have changed our lives.

His influence and emotional connection to us all will always remain strong. We are grateful that we were able to share a great musical journey with  him and that we were in his words his “great adventure-troop”.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Alice and his family at this very sad time.

How it all started...

The Beethoven recordings of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in 1991 under Nikolaus Harnoncourt represented then the culmination of what can now be seen as the beginning of a long-standing artistic collaboration and friendship... more

COE musicians comment on the importance of their relationship with Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Please click here to find out what the COE members have said about Maestro Harnoncourt.

List of all COE projects with Nikolaus Harnoncourt since 1986

The COE's recordings with Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Please click here to find out about the numerous recordings that Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe have released together over the years.

The Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Nikolaus Harnoncourt in video

Mozart's Symphony No. 40 (Musikverein, Vienna, 1991)

The Making-of the Beethoven Symphonies

Concert - Cité de la musique, Paris, 12 November 1996 (available until 7 April 2016)

Concert - Cité de la musique, Paris, 24 April 1998 (available until 7 April 2016)

Concert - Cité de la musique, Paris, 2 December 1999 (available until 7 April 2016)

Styriarte 2003 - Beethoven's Egmont Overture

Styriarte 2007 - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt.)

Styriarte 2010 - Rehearsing Ma Vlast, Smetana

Styriarte 2011 - Die Verkaufte Braut, Smetana