Götz Teutsch Programme Supervision
Poetry and music in person (George Sand) - Pauline Viardot in Baden-Baden
Music by Pauline Viardot, Clara Schumann, Gioacchino Rossini, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms and other composers - Texts by Heinrich Heine, George Sand, Ivan Turgenev, Eugenie Schumann, Marianne Brandt, Pauline Viardot and other authors
“It seems,” wrote the Allgemeine Musikalische Zeitung in 1840, “that in the arts (just as in politics) there are privileged families in which artistic genius is passed on from one generation to the other. One of these is the García family, which has shone brightly in the annals of music for centuries. Who does not know of Malibran? And now, with her sister Pauline, there is a new bright star in the artistic firmament.” With a breathtakingly beautiful voice ranging from low alto to high coloratura soprano, Pauline Viardot-García could, in contrast to other vocal virtuosos, do more than just sing. As a gifted pianist, she was taught the piano by none other than Franz Liszt, and she took lessons in harmony and composition from Anton Reicha, one of the most renowned teachers of his time. Everywhere Pauline Viardot spent longer periods of time, be it Paris, Baden-Baden or her country estate, the château Courtavenel in Rozay-en-Brie, she held matinees, concerts and opera performances – events that were among the highlights of the social calender. This was particularly the case in Baden-Baden, the summer capital of Europe, where between 1863 and 1871, anyone who was anyone met up in Viardot’s salon – Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Ivan Turgenev ... Götz Teutsch dedicates his Philharmonic Salon to the life of Pauline Viardot, one of the most famous female musicians of the 19th century, who was referred to by her “amie maternelle”, the writer George Sand, and not without reason, as “poetry and music personified”. The actors Imogen Kogge and Burghart Klaußner read texts by Heinrich Heine, George Sand, Ivan Turgenev and Viardot herself, whose works are, of course, also included in the musical programme – performed by the pianist Cordelia Höfer, soprano Chen Reiss and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker – in addition to music by Clara Schumann, Gioacchino Rossini, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms.