FÓRUM MUNICIPAL LUÍSA TODI
Sinfonietta de Lisboa
Setúbal Festival Camerata strings
Setúbal Regional Conservatoire strings
Vasco Pearce de Azevedo & Kerem Hasan conductors
Lia Yeranosyan, Josefina Fernandes, Joana Praça violins
Sofia Azevedo cello
Programme: Handel Concerto Grosso Op6 nº 1, Stravinsky Concerto in D, Avison / D. Scarlatti Concerto Grosso nº 5, Raul Avelãs Iberian Dance Suite, Panufnik Old Polish Suite, Bartok Romanian Folk Dances
Migration to and from the Iberian Peninsula, throughout its long history, has defined and enriched the cultural identities of not only Portugal and Spain but also many other countries around the world. This concert celebrates the profound impact and wide influence of several great ‘migrant’ composers from the 18th and 20th centuries, whose internationalism is reflected globally in today’s concert halls, not least among the soloists and orchestras sharing the platform this evening.
The two baroque masters, Georg Handel from Germany and Domenico Scarlatti from Italy, met in Rome 300 years ago before they both emigrated, Handel to England and Scarlatti to Portugal and Spain, and transformed the musical world within and beyond their adopted countries. If their 18th century predecessors were migrants in search of creative and economic advancement, our three 20th century composers, Bela Bartok (Hungary), Andzrej Panufnik (Poland) and Igor Stravinsky (Russia), were refugees from oppressive regimes: they too brought their special gifts with them on their travels, gave and found musical inspiration, and changed people’s lives.