Nikolaus Harnoncourt. once wrote the following: “Art is more than just entertainment. It used to be a vital element of civilisation: you went into a concert hall and came out again devastated, transformed, your certainties stripped away.” What I most expect from the younger generation of musicians as they approach this repertoire (and all music, for that matter), is that they base their interpretations on a close examination of the cultural and historic context in which any given work was written. To quote Harnoncourt again, “The word ‘WHY’ should always be at the forefront of every artist’s mind.”

(Photo Molina Visuals)

Rene Jacobs