Thursday’s Something Else (2nd Poulenc)
La voix humaine isn’t the first Poulenc I’ve talked about in this series, though it might be the first I heard. Upon first encounter I found it frightening, perhaps more so than Schoenberg’s Erwartung. I wasn’t necessary eager to give it another go. But since I am going to see it live in 10 days I thought it might be best for my own sanity to get reacquainted. Turns out I’ve matured a bit taste-wise and it wasn’t such a harrowing experience as before. It felt mostly bearable if overwrought. I don’t know that I’ve felt low enough before to actually get what the woman is going through. Thus I thought a bit of intellectual help from the woman it was written for would stir me in the right direction:
Posted on June 4, 2015, in 20th century, french opera, operatic damsels in distress, thursday's something else and tagged denise duval documentary, francis poulenc, la voix humaine. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.