Without the early-music fan and patron Gottfried van Swieten, the course of music history would probably have been quite different. He introduced Mozart to the works of Bach, encouraging him to combine the older master’s learned polyphony with the grace and balance of his own style. Van Swieten was himself a central figure in Viennese musical life, penning libretti for Haydn’s oratorios and supporting Beethoven financially. The Philharmonic Salon pays tribute to the diplomat with a musical-literary programme. German actor Michael Maertens will read the texts, while the Berlin Baroque Soloists furnish the music.
Michael Maertens speaker
Berliner Barock Solisten
Krzysztof Polonek violin and direction
Cordelia Höfer forte piano
Götz Teutsch programme supervision
Gottfried Freiherr van Swieten - diplomat, musician and patron of the arts