Spotlight on George Benjamin: Into the Little Hill

12 September 2018


Wednesday 20:00 / Philharmonie Berlin, Chamber Music Hall


Presented by:

Berliner Festspiele


ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG: Verklärte Nacht for string sextet op. 4

GEORGE BENJAMIN: Into the Little Hill 

  • Conductor Sir George Benjamin
  • Soprano Susanna Andersson
  • Contralto Krisztina Szabó

  • Violin Isabelle Faust
  • Violin Anne Katharina Schreiber
  • Viola Antoine Tamestit
  • Viola Danusha Waskiewicz
  • Violoncello Jean-Guihen Queyras
  • Violoncello Christian Poltéra


Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra are very happy to join in focusing the spotlight once again on outstanding composer and MCO friend George Benjamin. This concert is part of a Berliner Philharmoniker focus on the composer in the 2018/19 season. The programme begins with Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht for string sextet op. 4, and concludes with the minimalist chamber opera of George Benjamin, Into the Little Hill (libretto by Martin Crimp). Former MCO Artistic Partner Isabelle Faust leads Verklärte Nacht, which also features violinist Anne Katharina Schreiber, violists Antoine Tamestit and Danuscha Waskiewicz, and cellists Jean-Guihen Queyras and Christian Poltéra. Sir George Benjamin himself conducts his opera, Into the Little Hill.

George Benjamin chose the Mahler Chamber Orchestra to play the world premiere of his highly acclaimed opera, Written on Skin, after having conducted the MCO in a concert at the Lucerne Festival in 2009: “I was physically struck by the sound the orchestra makes; it has a sort of golden colour. It was one of the most important, meaningful musical collaborations I can remember in all my life.” The MCO will perform Written on Skin in Berlin and Hamburg in November 2018.

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event in cooperation with the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. With the support of the Aventis Foundation.

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