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Thursday September 3, 2009, 8.30 p.m.
Stresa, Congress hall




Gianandrea Noseda, conductor

Julian Bliss, clarinet



BBC Philharmonic Orchestra





A. Portera, tre forme:linea-cerchio-ettagono, per orchestra (winning work of 4th International Composition Competition Settimane Musicali di Stresa – 2009)
F.J. Haydn, Symphony no. 45 "Gli addii"
W.A. Mozart, Clarinett concerto K 622
F.J. Haydn, Symphony no. 80 D minor

Celebrations have a double necessity: putting the biography and works of important minds of the past under the spotlight, and trying to demonstrate that their achievements – in artistic, scientific, or politic field – are modern, up to date.
In Franz Joseph Haydn’s case this “need” is even more “necessary”. Two-hundred years after his death, a man who has been celebrated during his life as the greatest and most popular composer of his time, lies in a dusty show-case surrounded by profound respect. The father of symphony, this must be said and repeated, has not lived a reckless life, rich of extraordinary or spicy anecdotes. He has lived in court as a normal “worker” with a salary, keenly working on his assigned objectives, which were in the end immortal artworks: artworks rich of modernity, of adventurous surprises, pervaded by an irrepressible sense of humour and marked by a light melancholy… just like Mozart. So why do we remember Mozart as a worshipped talent and Haydn as an old complaining hag, Mozart as an absolute genius and Haydn as a keen craftsman, Mozart “the great” and Haydn “his shadow”? I hope that this program that puts together Haydn, Mozart and Portera (winner of the 2009 edition of the Stresa festival composition competition), shall help us to discover once again, without prejudices, with free spirit and an open mind, the signs of modernity and of greatness present in Haydn’s compositions.
Gianandrea Noseda


Concert's notes

tre forme: linea-cerchio-ettagono by Andrea Portera


congressip.jpgThe Congress Hall is situated in the heart of Stresa, few meters from thr railway station and from all the most important hotels and restaurants.