Classical Pacific, May 7, 2018: Period Instruments and Historically Informed Performance


Today and tomorrow, a brief look at the movement that began in earnest in the 1950s to perform Early, Baroque and Classical period music with instruments that the composers would have been writing for at the time, and in the way that they might have interpreted the music then. Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Alice Hoffelner founded Concentus Musicus Wien in 1953, followed by other pioneers - Gustav Leonhardt, John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, and Ton Koopman, to name a few. I'll share performances of work by Telemann, Vivaldi, Handel, JS Bach, and possibly some later composers interpreted in this manner. 

For much more thorough and informed commentary on early music, tune in to The Early Muse with Ian Capps, which airs weekly on Sunday evenings at 6pm.

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