Chamber Music

Philharmonic Salon: Goethe in Berlin

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe visited Berlin only once, in 1778. And he did not like the city at all. The Philharmonic Salon will present the audience with Goethe’s impressions of and thoughts about Berlin, as well as providing insights into the intellectual life of the time. The guests of the salon are the actor Stefan Kaminski, baritone Dietrich Henschel, pianist Cordelia Höfer, Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Vienna Glass Armonica Duo.

Stefan Kaminski Speaker

Dietrich Henschel Baritone

Vienna Glass Armonica Duo

Christa Schönfeldinger Glass Harmonica, Gerald Schönfeldinger Verrophone

Cornelia Gartemann Violin

Julia Gartemann Viola

David Riniker Cello

Jelka Weber Flute

Cordelia Höfer Fortepiano

Götz Teutsch Programme Supervision

Goethe in Berlin

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Carl Friedrich Zelter, Johann Gottlieb Graun, Johann André, Johann Gottlieb Naumann, Andreas Romberg and other composers

Texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Nicolai, Johann Gottfried Herder, Ulrike Eichhorn, Karl Voss, Charles Burney, Anna Louisa Karsch and Otto Pniower

Dates and Tickets

Programme

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe came to Berlin only once. In May 1778, at the age of 28, he accompanied his feudal lord Duke Carl-August von Sachsen-Weimar to the Prussian city as legation councillor. And he did not like the city at all. He also had difficulty with the Berliners, whom he called a “foolhardy breed of people”. Nonetheless, he said appreciatively: “The race has a lot of self-confidence, is blessed with wit and irony – and does not stint with these gifts.”

After this visit, he could not make up his mind to undertake a journey to Berlin again, despite numerous invitations. Nonetheless, a lively exchange took place between the writer and great minds in Berlin. For example, he was a life-long friend of composers Carl Friedrich Zelter and Johann Friedrich Reichardt. The young Felix Mendelssohn, son of Berlin banker Abraham Mendelssohn Bartholdy, made such an impression on the elderly Goethe in Weimar with his musical talent that he called him the new Mozart.

Götz Teutsch’s Philharmonic Salon will present to the audience – using contemporary letters and texts to be read by the actor Stefan Kaminski – not only Goethe’s impressions of and thoughts about Berlin, but also insights into the intellectual life of that time. The musical framework will be provided by baritone Dietrich Henschel, pianist Cordelia Höfer, Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Vienna Glass Armonica Duo.