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Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt dies aged 86: family

AFP , Sunday 6 Mar 2016
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
This file photo taken on July 24, 2012 shows the austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt during a rehearsal in Salzburg, Austria. Harnoncourt died in the night of March 5, 2016. (Photo: AFP)
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Celebrated Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, considered to be the "pope" of the Baroque music revival, died Saturday aged 86, his family announced via the APA news agency.

"Nikolaus Harnoncourt took his last breath peacefully surrounded by family," said the short announcement run by the Austrian news agency.

In December Harnoncourt had announced his retirement, citing health reasons, in a farewell letter to the audience of the Musikverein, home to the Vienna Philharmonic orchestra.

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