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Into the Little Hill: Part of Wigmore Hall's George Benjamin Day

 06 April 2013 at 7.30pm 

Into the Little Hill: Part of Wigmore Hall's George Benjamin Day

Wigmore Hall, London
36 Wigmore St, London W1
United Kingdom


George Benjamin’s jewel-like, award-winning chamber opera – a contemporary re-imagining of the Pied Piper fable – has gone on to enjoy worldwide success since its premiere in 2006.

The opera tells the tale of a morally bankrupt politician who, desperate to shore up a flagging public vote, promises to exterminate a plague of rats. A faceless stranger arrives and offers his services; but when the Mayor refuses to pay up, his actions have terrible repercussions. All the roles in Into the Little Hill are performed by two female singers, while the richly-expressive and alluring score combines conventional instruments with basset-horns, cornets, a cimbalom, and even banjo and mandolin.

Also drawing on a classic fable, David Sawer’s stage work, Rumpelstiltskin, was premiered and toured by BCMG in 2009/10 to universal acclaim. In this concert we premiere a 30-minute instrumental suit compiled by Sawer from his scintillating Rumpelstiltskin score.

Completing the programme is Italian composer Franceso Antonioni’s BCMG 2009 Sound Investment commission Ballata (dell’abbandono e della fortuna), which takes its sources from two songs: a lullaby from southern Italy and a ballade, Ecco la primavera, composed in the 15th century by the Florentine Franceso Landini.

George Benjamin : Into the Little Hill

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