Poulenc: La Voix Humaine / Jordan
Label: harmonia mundi
Felicity Lott (soprano), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Armin Jordan
Composed by: POULENC, F.
This reissue in harmonia mundi's hmGold series features soprano Felicity Lott in a program of intensely dramatic music by Poulenc. La voix humaine is a one-act opera for one character, based on a libretto by Jean Cocteau. The story involves one woman on stage speaking on the telephone with her (invisible and inaudible) departing lover, who is leaving her to marry another woman. The pairing is a similarly dark work, La Dame de Monte Carlo, in which a faded courtesan takes one last roll of the dice before she hurls herself into the sea.