Bizet: Carmen (Extraits)

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This 1977 recording of "Carmen" was based on a production from the Edinburgh Festival, and includes most of the cast from that production with the exception of Ileana Cotrubas as Micaëla and Sherrill Milnes as Escamillo. Claudio Abbado conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, which plays with crisp precision and vitality. His tempos are frequently eccentrically slow or fast, without any apparent rationale, and he doesn't convey a convincing dramatic through-line or the sense of inevitable musical momentum that drives the opera. There are many effective moments, some lovely and some thrilling, but they don't add up to a convincing whole. That being said, the performances ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
This 1977 recording of "Carmen" was based on a production from the Edinburgh Festival, and includes most of the cast from that production with the exception of Ileana Cotrubas as Micaëla and Sherrill Milnes as Escamillo. Claudio Abbado conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, which plays with crisp precision and vitality. His tempos are frequently eccentrically slow or fast, without any apparent rationale, and he doesn't convey a convincing dramatic through-line or the sense of inevitable musical momentum that drives the opera. There are many effective moments, some lovely and some thrilling, but they don't add up to a convincing whole. That being said, the performances of the principals are often exceptional. Teresa Berganza's sultry, believably natural "Carmen" is beautifully nuanced, dramatically riveting, and musically ravishing. Plácido Domingo is a troubled, powerful Don José pronounced here the Spanish rather than the French way and his singing is lyrically intense. Cotrubas gives Micaëla exceptional warmth, even sensuality, and makes her a more interesting character than is usual. As Escamillo, Milnes is the least effective of the principals, sounding somewhat boomy and stiff. The sound alternates between the cavernous and the distant sides of an ideal ambience, and there is sometimes intentional but distracting crowd chatter under the spoken dialogue. This generous disc of highlights lasts almost 70 minutes and includes the opera's most famous solos and ensembles. In spite of the album's drawbacks, Berganza's vivid performance makes this a recording that should interest fans of the opera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2008
  • Label: Deutsche Gram France
  • UPC: 028945917429
  • Catalog Number: 459174
  • Sales rank: 206,379

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Prelude - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (3:32)
  2. 2 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. No. 3. Chœur et scène: Voici la cloche qui - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (5:12)
  3. 3 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. "Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita!" - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (1:10)
  4. 4 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. No. 4. Havanaise "L'amour est un oiseau reb - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (4:26)
  5. 5 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. No. 5. Scène et Duo "Monsieur le brigadier" - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (9:51)
  6. 6 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 1. No. 9. Chanson et Duo "Près des remparts de - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (4:39)
  7. 7 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 2. No. 11. Chanson "Les tringles des sistres t - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (5:09)
  8. 8 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 2. No. 13. Air du toréador "Votre toast, je pe - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (5:12)
  9. 9 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 2. No. 16. Air "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (4:20)
  10. 10 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 3. No. 21. Air "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (4:55)
  11. 11 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 3. No. 22. Duo "Je suis Escamillo, toréro de G - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (3:34)
  12. 12 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 4. No. 25. Chœur et scène "Les voici, voici le - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (3:52)
  13. 13 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act. 4. "Si tu m'aimes, Carmen" - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (3:23)
  14. 14 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act 4. No. 26. Duo final "C'est toi? C'est moi!" - Georges Bizet & Claudio Abbado (9:18)
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Performance Credits
Claudio Abbado Primary Artist
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