June Barton, soprano
Noel Lee, piano
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
I have this piece on the original LP and have long wished I had it on a CD because I don't have a good turntable anymore. Here are the liner notes to the recording this appears on.
The poem is by James Merrill, I think Flanagan was a friend of his - he was Edward Albee's lover who, now that both of them are gone I don't mind pointing out, committed suicide. His death at such a young age is one of the bigger losses American music suffered since Charles Tomlinson Griffes death at 35 from influenza. Because Flanagan used such a high range in the soprano the words are mostly unintelligible which, while musically effective, leaves you out if you don't know what she's singing.
Here's James Merrill's recording of the poem.