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Carmen Comp (Frn) [Box set]

Georges Bizet Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Carmen: Prelude - Georges Bizet
2. Carmen: Act One, No. 1 - Intro: 'Sur La Place Chacun Passe' - Georges Bizet
3. Carmen: Act One, No. 1 - Intro: 'Regardez Donc Cette Petite' (Micaela) - Georges Bizet
4. Carmen: Act One, No. 2 - Marche Et Choeur Des Gamins: 'A Vec La Garde Montante' - Georges Bizet
5. Carmen: Act One, No. 2 - Marche Et Choeur Des Gamins: 'Repos!' (Don Jose) - Georges Bizet
6. Carmen: Act One, No. 2 - Marche Et Choeur Des Gamins: 'Allons! Allons!' - Georges Bizet
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Disc: 2
1. Carmen: Entr'acte - G. Bizet
2. Carmen: Act Two, No.11 - Chanson: 'Les tringles des sistres tintaient' (Carmen) - G. Bizet
3. Carmen: Act Two, No.11 - Chanson: 'Vous avez quelque chose à nous dire' (Carmen) - G. Bizet
4. Carmen: Act Two, No.11 - Chanson: 'Tout est bien alors' - No.11 - Choeur et Ensemble: 'Vivat! vivat le toréro!' (Carmen) (Escamillo) - G. Bizet
5. Carmen: Act Two, No.13 - Couplet (Air du Toreador): 'Votre toast... je peux vous le rendre' - No.13 bis - Choeur: 'Toréador, en garde' (Escamillo) (Carmen) - G. Bizet
6. Carmen: Act Two, No.14 - Quintette: 'Nous avons en tête une affaire.' (Carmen) - G. Bizet
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Disc: 3
1. Carmen: Entr'acte - G. Bizet
2. Carmen: Act Three, No.18 - Introduction: 'Ecoute, compagnon, écoute!' (Don Jose) (Carmen) - G. Bizet
3. Carmen: Act Three, No.18 -Introduction: 'Halte! Nous allons nous arrêter ici...' (Don Jose) (Carmen) - G. Bizet
4. Carmen: Act Three, No.19 - Trio: 'Mêlons!...Mêlons!...Coupons!' - G. Bizet
5. Carmen: Act Three, Air des Cartes: 'Carreau, pique...la mort!' (Carmen) - G. Bizet
6. Carmen: Act Three, Air des Cartes: 'Parles encore, parlez, mes belles' (Carmen) - G. Bizet
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This is a super performance, slightly outside the common mould. In 1977, when this was recorded, Claudio Abbado was a great opera conductor, filled with sharp insights and a nice sense of the architecture of whole operas. He always seemed to know where he was going, and his ability to build to climaxes was second to none. Abbado has a rather elegant Carmen here in the smallish-voiced, introspective Teresa Berganza, a gorgeous singer who patently refuses to force her voice or her character into vulgarity. It's a fine reading. Placido Domingo is at his best in both intimate and maniacal moments, and Ileana Cotrubas's Micaela almost makes us care about this sappy little gal. Sherrill Milnes's Escamillo has plenty of swagger and voice. Berganza's subtlety combined with the wild passions of those around her make this a very good Carmen indeed. --Robert Levine

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3.0 out of 5 stars Une Carmen ennuyeuse Feb. 3 2008
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Berganza n'a pas été au rendez-vous de Carmen. Elle en donne une vision très terne (on croit entendre la grand-mère de Carmen...) et on comprend mal l'amour que pourrait lui porter José. Domingo (malgré une prononciation très exotique) et Cotrubas sont excellents et Milnes correct. En revanche, Abbado propose une belle lecture, raffinée, mais bien loin du drame.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE HEARING "CARMEN" FOR THE FIRST TIME! March 14 2004
By A Customer
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I stopped listening to "Carmen" years and years ago because I was, quite frankly, totally sick of it. Owning the famous recordings by Rise Stevens, Solange Michel, Leontyne Price, Maria Callas, Titiana Troyanos, etc, I gave most of them away, keeping only the wonderful de los Angeles EMI version (now available on EMI's Great Recordings of the Century). I was perfectly content to live with this single recording. I mean - after forty years of opera going and record buying, what could "Carmen" ever do for ME? Nothing, I thought, and I just left it alone.
I received this recording of "Carmen" for my birthday, and reluctantly, I opened it and put it on. I was immediately stunned by Abado's tempi and the sheer sound of the orchestra. The French dialogue was crisp and peppy, and the choral work was stunning. Placido Domingo's Don Jose was known to me, as I heard him do the role with Lyric Opera of Chicago years ago, but I didn't remember him sounding quite this wonderful. His Flower Song would melt a stone, and his singing throughout is sympathetic and very moving. Sherrill Milnes does not really have a very big role here -- he sings his Torreador Song well, and sings with sufficient ardor to arouse Carmen, which is basically what he's there for. Micaela is sensitively sung by Cotrubas, and she blends beautifully with Domingo in their first act duet ---- also, she sounds genuinely terrified in her third act aria.
Now to the sublime Teresa Berganza. Quite plainly, I have never heard the role of Carmen sung so beautifully. The sheer sound of Berganza's magnificent voice is truly something to experience. It cannot be described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A blazing Carmen! Feb. 6 2004
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Carmen was the first opera I ever heard and to this day I think that there's no greater Carmen than Julia Migenes but Berganza, de los Angeles and Callas come VERY close indeed. I have a Carmen-video with Berganza where she is just MAGNIFICENT as the Spanish temptress. Changing from Rosina etc. to Carmen might be a little surprising but, oh my, who would have thought that the young singer who was Callas' eqxuisite partner in the legendary Dallas Medea would bloom to such heights? A very tasty habanera, a wicked segeduilla and a dark card-scene... She is superb in the dramatic finale where her partner, Placido Domingo, sounds equally stunning. Domingo sang on three complete Carmens and even though I prefer the Migenes-Domingo recording for its dramatic finish and the Troyanos-Domingo recording for vocal splendour this is a great recording indeed. Esp. the Flower-aria is exquisitely sung. I never cared much for Milnes and find his Escamillo not to be quite idiomatic (Ruggero Raimondi is just unbeatable) but he's quite alright. A MUST for every Carmen-lover!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST CARMEN Feb. 3 2004
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That Teresa Berganza is a great singer it is not new. But hearing her Carmen is almost a mystical experience.
She knows Carmen. She knows when she is seductive, and when she is wicked, when she is in love and when she hates.She makes Carmen hers.
Domingo is a great Don Jose. We can feel his weakness and desesperation. La fleur que ti m'avez jetee is probably his best in this recording.
And the orchestra directed by an inspired Abbado is glorius. And I have to say this because ussually Abbado is not my cup of tea. But I find this Carmen perfect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Femme Fatale ... for the music of Bizet Dec 23 2003
By M.Fomin
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Berganza isn't a tragic actress. Her bright voice is deprived of true sensuality. No sign of intensity, no "tears in her eyes". Only feeling's convincing - the hate: after her furious last "Tiens!" I understand that Jose has nothing but kill her.
The vocal aspect of this interpretation is also sad: Carmen requires finest musicality and perfect voice control that Berganza can hardly provide. Her tempi are mechanical, accents - primitive, the lack of dynamic shades - fatal. Sometimes she produces beautiful sound, but generally lower register sounds rough, tremolos - not elastic enough, tops - screaming (last "tra-la-la" in "Seguedille" - just awful).
Though Domingo's interpretation is as always excellent vocally, he can't touch me still. Cotrubas's charming, her musicality excites me. Chorus sounds wonderful. Abbado's button is uneven: sometimes - good ( "A deux cuatros"), most times - not (sleepy "oiseau rebelle", too fast final).
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5.0 out of 5 stars An omission May 30 2003
By A Customer
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In my review of the Abbado CARMEN I forgot to mention one cast member: Robert Lloyd in the secondary (and mostly spoken) role of Zuniga is a real standout, with his perfect French. His performance only adds to the overall excellence of this CARMEN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect May 29 2003
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If you want CARMEN to sound like an intimate "opera comique" rather than a "grand opera," then this is the recording to buy. The cast of Berganza,Domingo,Cotrubas, and Milnes make a superb team, both in the music and in the dialogue. Berganza makes Carmen's music sound so tasteful and elegant, and there is no lack of character in her performance. Berganza's Carmen is coolly magnetic; one senses that it is because she is an independent woman that Don Jose is both fascinated and frustrated by her. Domingo's singing of the "Flower Song" is especially beautiful, and his mounting rage in the later acts is terrifying (I am chilled every time I hear his line just before he stabs Carmen, "Pour le derniere fois, demon, veux-tu me suivre?" -- "For the last time, you devil, will you come with me?"). Milnes is in wonderful voice as Escamillo. He really makes the "Toreador Song" into a narrative (rather than just a "song hit"), and he is charming and funny in the spoken dialogue (Listen to his line to Carmen in Act II, "J'attendrai alors et je me conenterai d'esperer" -- "Then I'll wait and content myself with hoping".) Cotrubas projects innocence but also spirit as Micaela. As in her recording of LA TRAVIATA, she sings beautifully with Domingo. Last but definitely not least, Abbado brings a truly Spanish feel to this French music. All in all, this is the perfect "opera comique" CARMEN.
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