Haydn’s sacred music

Haydn’s sacred music


Quatuor Hermès



When & where

Thursday 30 August, 8.30 pm
Stresa, Tapestry Hall of Borromeo Palace on Isola Bella

*Boat departure at 8.00 pm from Stresa Pier. Return fare included in the price.

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F.J. HAYDN, The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross

The French quartet Hermes presents a demanding composition of Haydn’s, transcribed for a string quartet.  The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross was written in 1786 originally for an orchestra, commissioned by Cadiz Cathedral for the celebration of Good Friday.   A year later it was transcribed to tonight’s version.   The Introduction is followed by seven Sonatas and a Finale, and Haydn himself considered it one of his best works.   The dense polyphonic fabric illustrates the composer’s total mastery, a peak in the history of music for strings.



€ 50

Under 26:
Music P@ss € 10
Company P@ss € 5 (4 friends or more)


Boat departure at 8.00 pm from Stresa Pier. Return fare included in the price.




This concert is part of the subscription Tra sacro e profano (2 concerts): € 80


During the day, participants in the concert may visit the Palazzo Borromeo with a discounted ticket (€ 8,50 instead of € 16,00).
Latest admission 5.30 pm.
The discount is given exclusively at the Rocca box office against concert ticket or purchasing the two tickets together.
In collaboration with Amministrazione Borromeo



Tapestry Hall - Isola Bella

he Tapestry Hall is located on the first floor of Palazzo Borromeo, the monumental Baroque palace that overlooks Isola Bella.

It is reached for the concert thanks to a boat organized on the occasion by the Festival, leaving Stresa main pier at 8.00 p.m..

From the Isola Bella pier you can only reach the Palazzo Borromeo by a short walk. You get to the Tapestry Hall by climbing two flights of stairs.

Tapestry Hall map


Isola Bella, Palazzo Borromeo

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