The ethos of the piece [Cathy Milliken “Bright Ring“] is ambitious, a search for the essence of energy; [...] The scoring, which includes strings as well as brass, is masterful.

Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International

Both [concerts] were reminders of how exhilarating Ensemble Modern’s performances can be, and how this Frankfurt-based group remains peerless among today’s new-music specialists.

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

What a joy to hear music of our time in performances of sterling quality!

Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International

George Benjamin

Tournee mit Ensemble Modern und Ensemble Modern Orchestra

Sir George Benjamin is not only one of the most renowned composers of our times, but also a widely esteemed conductor. In March he conducts Ensemble Modern and the full-size Ensemble Modern Orchestra in seven performances at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, at Wigmore Hall and the Roundhouse in London, at Cologne’s Philharmonie and at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

Ensemble Modern looks back upon almost 30 years of friendship and collaboration with Sir George Benjamin. The British-born composer has written three works for Ensemble Modern, including the lyrically poetic story ›Into the Little Hill‹, which the ensemble premiered in Paris in 2006 and has since performed approximately 40 times all over the world. “Into the Little Hill” recounts the medieval tale of the flute-playing rat-catcher who first lures the rats from the city and then abducts its children. The vocal parts will be sung by Anu Komsi (soprano) and Helena Rasker (contralto). ›Into the Little Hill‹ is combined with works by Luigi Dallapiccola and Christian Mason as well as the world premiere of ›Bright Ring‹ by the Australian composer and former Ensemble Modern oboist Cathy Milliken. On the second tour programme, the Ensemble Modern Orchestra performs George Benjamin’s ›Palimpsests‹, one of his major orchestral works, which is juxtaposed with music by Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti, Olivier Messiaen and the rarely-performed ›Composition No. 2‹ by Galina Ustvolskaya.

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