Uncertainty and despair became our daily companions when the pandemic broke out in the spring of 2020. The cultural scene was particularly badly affected: concert halls and stages stood empty. The arts fell silent.


In this gloomy time, Tomasz Konieczny had the idea to create a musical program that would make a theme of the sadness and the fears and thus help to overcome them. For his musical monodrama he first chose the Kindertotenlieder by Gustav Mahler.


Then he enlisted Aleksander Nowak, one of Poland’s best contemporary composers, for his project, who set three poems by Krzystof Kamil Baczyński to music. Incidentally, 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of this outstanding Polish poet, who died at the age of 23 in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Baczyński’s deeply sad poetry, tinged with foreboding of death, has long moved Konieczny.


The minimalist musical evening, which Tomasz Konieczny has called Apocalypse, will be completed by a video installation by renowned Polish multimedia artist and graphic designer Adam Dudek. The internationally highly esteemed pianist Lech Napierała, who has been performing with Konieczny for many years, will take over the instrumental part.


Dorota Krzywicka-Kaindel





Gustav Mahler – Kindertotenlieder, after poems by Friedrich Rückert


Aleksandar Nowak – Lieder auf Gedichte von Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński






Tomasz Konieczny, baritone

Lech Napierała, piano

Adam Dudek, video installation






Künstlerhaus München

Sunday, November 7, 2021

7:30 pm, Festsaal





Musikverein Wien

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

8:00 pm, Gläserner Saal / Magna Auditorium




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