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The Stresa Music Festival was founded in 1961 by Italo Trentinaglia de Daverio, noble Venetian lawyer pushed to deal with music not by self-interest but why always lived in contact with music: his father was a music organizer Erard, General Director of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Superintendent of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and composer.
Since 1999 the Festival took the new name of “Settimane Musicali di Stresa e del Lago Maggiore”; among the localities involved stands the charming Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso, where each year the prologue of the Festival, performs the solo cello suites of j. s. Bach. New concert venues are also the Auditorium “La Fabbrica” in Villadossola, the Visconteo Castle in Vogogna, the Rocca Borromeo of Angera, Villa Ponti in Arona, Villa San Remigio and the Church Madonna di Campagna in Verbania, the Chiesa Vecchia in Belgirate and the Basilica of San Giulio in Orta.
A small break was taken from June/July session, and concerts will be filmed from August 19 to September 6.
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Among the distinguished musicians who participated in the “Settimane Musicali di Stresa” over the years include the pianists Arthur Rubinstein, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Nikita Magaloff, Alexis Weissenberg, Svjatoslav Richter, Maurizio Pollini, Dino Ciani, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Wilhelm Kempff, Martha Argerich, Claudio Arrau, Aldo Ciccolini and Radu Lupu; the violinists Nathan Milstein, David Oistrakh, Isaac Stern, Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Victoria Mullova, Salvatore Accardo, Uto Ughi, Shlomo Mintz and Vadim Repin; the violista Yuri Bashmet and exceptional characters such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Maurice André and Andres Segovia.
And yet the gotha sinfonichei international formations, besides the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala (later Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala), the Philharmonia of London, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and St. Petersburg, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Finally the Directors: Carlo Maria Giulini, one of the most faithful and loyal, Hermann Scherchen, Karl Böhm, Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Kirill Kondrashin, Riccardo Chailly, Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev and Kent Nagano.
An important part in the planning of the Festival have always had the vocal recital, again with the presence of the greatest interpreters of international liederismo from high Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Gundula Janowitz from Teresa Berganza, by Hermann Prey to Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda from Eva Marton.
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