Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt has died after a career characterized by a search for authenticity in Baroque and other classical music. He was 86.
The Vienna Society of Friends of Music, which was closely associated with Harnoncourt, said he died Saturday night, but didn't specify the cause of death.
Harnoncourt was one of the last great postwar Austrian conductors, alongside Herbert von Karajan, Karl Boehm and Carlos Kleiber. His concern for historical detail was legendary and he thought of his conducting as alive and romantic, not a relic of history. His recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion won a Grammy Award in 2001.