Felicity Lo, remains for me the quintessential Poulenc singer Graham Johnson La Voix Humaine is Poulencs one woman tour de force to a text by Cocteau. It is a work which Felicity Lo, has made her own she gave a spellbinding performance at the BBC Proms in 2003: "Felicity Lo: in wonderful form" said The Daily Telegraph and Classicalsource.com wrote Having made the role very much her own in recent years, Felicity Lo, duly encompassed its range of emotional minutiae with an impressive command and impeccable French. This new HD lmed performance is the world premiere recording with piano and is here in both DVD and Blu-ray format. It is the rst time (since Francis Poulencs own performances, accompanying Denise Duval over 50 years ago), that permission has been given for La Voix Humaine to be recorded with piano accompaniment. Mme Rosine Seringe, the composers niece, has granted a special dispensation to Felicity Lo, and Graham Johnson as a token of decades of special friendship between the artsts and the Poulenc Estate for this work to be produced. Champs Hill Records is delighted to celebrate its relatonship with Felicity Lo, with this unique recording, in the ftieth anniversary year of the composers death. Other Flo, releases on the label include Summertime, My Own Country and a recital disc of Strauss songs. La Voix Humaine, premiered at the Opera Comique in Paris in 1959, is based on Cocteaus 1927 stage monologue and is the most nakedly emotional of all Poulencs works. It presents a woman on stage speaking on the telephone with her (invisible and inaudible) departing lover, who is leaving her to marry another woman. She is frequently interrupted by problems with the unreliable Paris phone system of the time (not unlike contemporary problems with mobile phone signals!). The drama is communicated even more powerfully by Poulencs score, telling us about the unheard half of the conversation and making the character of Elle more sympathetically, with genuine tenderness accompanying her desperate and manipulative attempts to keep her departng lover on the phone.
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