1 - 10 June 2018 - Malborghetto (Italy)
Conductor: Claudio Astronio
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Symphony n. 35 in D major “Haffner” KV 504
Joseph Martin KRAUS: Symphony in c minor VB 142
Concert on 8 June 2018 in Malborghetto
Concert on 10 June 2018 in Trieste
Everybody knows very well Mozart's Haffner Symphony! But perhaps not everybody knows that Mozart and Kraus met in Vienna in 1781, during the Grand Tour that Kraus undertook throughout Europe. In these years, he wrote the dramatic c minor Symphony, whose score came to Mozart's hands for a while. A few months later, Mozart wrote the Haffner Symphony, whose first movement's second theme was entirely and literally borrowed from the first movement of Kraus c minor Symphony. Geniuses meet and recognize their mutual value. Years later, Haydn wrote about Kraus c minor Symphony: "The symphony he wrote here in Vienna especially for me will be regarded as a masterpiece for centuries to come; believe me, there are few people who can compose something like that".