What is special about Bärenreiter Urtext editions?

Bärenreiter uses the term “Urtext” for scholarly-critical editions whose musical text has been established by outstanding experts based on all available and authorized sources with the aim of coming as close as possible to the form intended by the composer.

Editorial changes, which may be necessary in the case of doubtful or unclear readings, are confined to the minimum and documented in the critical commentary.