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Poulenc: La Voix Humaine (Gens, Bloch)

ΕΤΑΙΡΙΑ: Alpha
ΚΑΛΛΙΤΕΧΝΗΣ: Veronique Gens
ΚΑΤΗΓΟΡΙΑ: CD
ΣΥΝΘΕΤΗΣ: Francis Poulenc
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Poulenc: La Voix Humaine

Veronique Gens (soprano), Orchestre National de Lille, Alexandre Bloch

 

 

  • Poulenc: La Voix Humaine
  • Poulenc: Sinfonietta

Véronique Gens’s version of La Voix humaine has been eagerly awaited! This ‘lyric tragedy in one act’ might have been written for her, so ideally suited are her feeling for language and her dramatic intensity to Poulenc’s monologue on a text by Jean Cocteau, composed in 1958. This is a far cry from the ‘light’ Poulenc of the 1920s. Cocteau paid him the highest compliment: ‘Dear Francis, you have fixed, once and for all, the way to speak my text.’ Véronique Gens confesses that she had always wanted to perform and record this piece; now she has achieved her ambition, in close partnership with the Orchestre National de Lille under its music director Alexandre Bloch. Also featured on the album is the Sinfonietta: this is in fact a genuine symphony, but, as Nicolas Southon writes, ‘there is no denying that the work – commissioned by the BBC in 1947 – has a freshness and a freedom of tone that justify its title’.

Gramophone Magazine
February 2023
 

February 2023

There is little question that it ranks among her finest achievements...Gens and Bloch take us through this complex terrain in ways that combine directness with admirable restraint.
 

8th January 2023

How strange that Véronique Gens hasn’t recorded La voix humaine before, given how ideally suited her dramatic expressiveness and variety of tone are to this incredibly demanding role...Hers is one of the great performances, with Bloch and the Lille orchestra offering crucial support.

Record Review14th January 2023

Véronique Gens is utterly believable in this new recording encompassing the whole range of her character's emotions ... from intimacy and tenderness to passion, vulnerability, despair and deadly silence. Gens' voice and reactions, I suspect, will stay seared in your mind after you've listened to this for quite a while.
 

 


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