Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites
(Felicity Lott, Regine Crespin, et al.; ORTF National Chorus, ORTF National Orchestra; Jean-Pierre Marty, conductor)
Why is this superb creation of the lyric stage so underrepresented in the catalog? Fortunately, this release of a 1980 French radio concert broadcast--part of the excellent Memoire Vive series--offers another, well-rounded perspective on Poulenc's tale of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution to place beside Kent Nagano's more recent, outstanding account. Felicity Lott in particular brings out Blanche's vulnerability and strength of character.
Poulenc: La Voix Humaine
(Jane Rhodes; ORTF National Orchestra; Jean-Pierre Marty, conductor)
An opera about a woman speaking to her ex-lover on the phone? When it's a matter of Francis Poulenc teaming up with Jean Cocteau, the results are not only witty and elegant, but subtly menacing as well. Jane Rhodes stars in another from the superb Memoire Vive series.