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Summer after summer Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s styriarte festival in Graz is the place to be when it comes to new interpretations of old masters.

Each year since 1985, over a period of one month in the summer, this Styrian festival has offered fresh perspectives on our musical heritage and reflects the diversity found today in approaching the music between the Middle Ages and the Romantic period. The splendid Imperial Mausoleum; the Landhaus in Graz, one of the most magnificent Renaissance structures north of the Alps; the historic city centre of Graz, with its open-air events; and imposing Eggenberg Castle are only a few of the performance locations.

In addition to the Concentus Musicus Wien, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, regular guests at the festival include such early-music stars as Jordi Savall, Quatuor Mosaïques and Armonico Tributo Austria. At this festival, the artists hone works by the old masters with equal parts relaxation and concentration, and each year inquisitive audiences descend on Graz to hear the results.

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