How is early music faring in Germany at the close of 2019? Well, it’s poor – but happy. This past year, alongside plenty of mainstream festivals, others, brimming with musical idealism, offered highly original programmes of early music. And although historically informed performers still get the short end of the stick in terms of public funding, they are playing more and more concerts. What is more, their enthusiasm and scholarly zest for exploration and discovery remain unabated.