The poem of Friedrich Schiller The Gods of Greece originally consists of twenty five stanzas. Franz Schubert picked only one out of it and set it to music in such a simple and touching way. The rhetoric opening line of the Schiller’s twelfth verse has been multiplied in Schubert’s song. It sounds like a painful refrain evoking the lost grandeur, beauty and meaning – all that, what mythical Greece embodied.
This concise call, repeated in such an expressive way in Schubert’s small masterpiece inspired both tenor Karol Kozłowski, and pianist Marcin Kozieł, who lives and performs in Vienna, to set the programme of the recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic. On the 28th of November 2017 in the Chamber Music Hall they will present the rare song cycle of Mieczysław Weinberg: Children’s songs op. 13, the utter rarity: Lieder eines Lumpen op. 51, composed by Kurt Hessenberg to poems of Wilhelm Busch (poet and illustrator, the forefather of comic book and author of Max and Moritz), as well as the first published set of songs by Benjamin Britten On this Island op. 11 – the result of his cooperation with Wystan Hugh Auden. The concert will be crowned with Arnold Schönberg’s Cabaret Songs (Brettl-Lieder) and in the last song Nachtwandler the principal artists of the concert will be joined by the Chamber Musicians of the Warsaw Philharmonic: Seweryn Zapłatyński (piccolo), Krzysztof Bednarczyk (trumpet) and Paweł Pruszkowski (snare drum).