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Notes from the arts world

By Tom Sutcliffe   April 2003

MUSIC PREVIEW Concentus Musicus Historical authenticity in musical performance is no longer a burning issue. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment has become a Glyndebourne fixture; John Eliot Gardiner uses a period orchestra for authentic Berlioz. Short of reintroducing the role of the true castrato, there are no more frontiers to cross in the desire to match original sounds and techniques. As one of the most revolutionary of the historical instrument ensembles celebrates its 50th birthday, “authentic” music-making now seems less like an elemental truth than a curious, 20th-century experiment.

The Viennese group Concentus Musicus was the major pioneer…

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