Les pionniers de l’interprétation historiquement informé

The pioneers of historically informed performance practice

The birth of the harmonia mundi label coincided with a movement to return to the sources of music performance. In the 1960s and ’70s, the first to boldly question the uniform performance practice applied to every repertoire were Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, René Clemencic, and Alfred Deller. They were soon joined by those musicians who effectively gave the label its editorial focus: not just authenticity, but also sincerity and excellence, without compromise. Here is a look back.

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