This week, the short chamber opera "Into the Little Hill," by George Benjamin. A wonderful work that contains some surprising connections to the modern state of classical music. With a bonus song cycle by Oliver Knussen to round out the hour.
Hosts: Alex Stephenson and Aristéa Mellos
"Into the Little Hill: a lyric tale in two parts" by George Benjamin
Performers: Anu Komsi, soprano; Hilary Summers, contralto; Ensemble Modern, cond. Franck Ollu
Libretto by Martin Crimp; based on the folk story of the Ratcatcher (Pied Piper) of Hamelin.
Four Whitman Settings by Oliver Knussen
Performers: Lucy Shelton, soprano; Peter Serkin, piano