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Political Overtones

George Benjamin's 'Into the Little Hill',
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

Composed in 2006, Into the Little Hill is George Benjamin's first stage work, but its firm command of characterisation and dramatic pacing suggests that it surely won't be his last.

Martin Crimp's taut libretto gives a dark contemporary twist to the Pied Piper story, bringing out its political overtones without heavy-handed underlining. Just two singers -- soprano and mezzo -- share the narration and the roles of Government Minister, Stranger, Minister's Wife and Child, and the Crowd...

Copyright © 14 July 2010 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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