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Wigmore Hall Mondays: Anna Caterina Antonacci and Donald Sulzen

Live from Wigmore Hall in London, soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci and pianist Donald Sulzen perform music by Poulenc: La dame de Monte Carlo; La voix humaine.

Live from Wigmore Hall in London, Fiona Talkington presents the opening concert of the new season of flagship chamber-music concerts.

Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano)
Donald Sulzen (piano)

Francis Poulenc: La dame de Monte Carlo
Francis Poulenc: La voix humaine

Two searching vocal works by that French master of both wit and profundity: Francis Poulenc.
His 1961 monologue "La Dame de Monte Carlo" depicts an elderly woman, addicted to gambling, while "La voix humaine" is a one-act opera, from 1959, setting words by Jean Cocteau in which the pain and torment of a woman rejected by her lover are explored as we hear just her side of their final, fateful, phone conversation.

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci is accompanied by her regular recital-partner Donald Sulzen in these two searching masterpieces of high-powered emotional intensity.

The concert is the first in the 2016-17 season of Monday Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts, the network's premier series of chamber concerts which has been broadcast live from London's Wigmore Hall for 18 years. The season runs through until July 2017.

58 minutes

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc

    La Dame De Monte Carlo - Monologue For Soprano And Orchestra

    Performer: Donald Sulzen. Singer: Anna Caterina Antonacci.
  • Francis Poulenc

    La Voix Humaine - Tragedie Lyrique In 1 Act

    Performer: Donald Sulzen. Singer: Anna Caterina Antonacci.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Variations in C major, H XVII 5

    Performer: Rudolf Buchbinder.
    • Haydn: Complete Piano Sonatas: Rudolf Buchbinder.
    • Warner Classics.

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