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Carmen Comp (Frn) Box set

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001G89
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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 mold. 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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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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I have to throw my unabashed endorsement of this recording into the ring. Abbado, Berganza, Domingo, Cotrubas, Milnes made a superb team and a CARMEN for the ages. I first bought this on vinyl when it was a first issue in the seventies. I have owned and listened to many other versions. But I keep coming back to this, drawn like a moth to a flame by Berganza's intelligent, haughty, supremely self-aware portrayal of the supreme operatic heroine. You sense that Berganza would never let this Carmen become a mere victim. She knows she is implicit in her own destiny, but rides it all the way, regardless. Abbado elicited ravishing sounds from the LSO, intensifying the lighter-than-air quality of French opera, but spiced with peppery Spanish flavours. You can't go wrong with this recording. I just bought it on CD again. I love it so!
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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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Well, if after listening to this version of CARMEN one thinks that CLAUDIO ABBADO's conducting is boring, I guess there's got to be a big problem regarding the ability to review an opera or to recognize an oustanding version whenever one comes out...I simply disagree with the person that said the overall work here lacks enthusiasm and gets boring and boring! Since its recording ( 1977 ), there's has never been a better version ( the Maazel version is very good but can't quite match the magic that exists in Abbado's version). It's important to realize that from time to time appear versions of extremely popular operas that are really groundbreaking and that help set new standards of quality for interpretation, conducting and recording. Abbado's Carmen is one of them and the rest of the cast is just impecable and delivers first rate performances. The LSO under Abbado never sounded so full of spanish overtones, helped by a fullblooded conducting. The Ambrosian Singers match perfectly the overall quality. And I would like to say something to the person that explains that since Claudio Abbado is the Berliner Philarmoniker's principal conductor he has been overrated by critics...Well, that person should: first buy the recordings with Abbado and that orchestra ( DGG - Sony) then try to attend a concert at The Philharmonie in Berlin to see the magic that comes from such a matching! Listen to the BORIS GODUNOV version of Abbado and the Berliner ( Sony Classical) and you will see what top quality means...By the way, the Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the best and one of the toughest as well as most hard orchestras to get involved with...if the orchestra chose to take Abbado as their new music director following Karajan's passing, it must be for some good reasons....simply because he's an oustanding conductor.Now Claudio Abbado boring and overrated...give me break!
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The problem with Carmen is that it can be produced like a "Grand Opera" or a more intimate "Opera-Comique". Teresa Berganza and Claudio Abbado clearly opted to go to its roots. I laugh at those who find Berganza "too aristocratic" in the title role, she just doesn't sing Carmen as a cheap woman, and all the better for it. Her warm, sexy mezzo is just perfect for this role. Domingo is just as good as Don Jose, wisely he scales down his "grand" italianate performance to fit the Opera-Comique conception and it works equally well. Abbado and the London Symphony milk the score for all its worth, every detail is there, and it is ravishingly beautiful. There aren't many great recordings of Carmen, besides Abbado's I can only recommend Beecham, Solti and Cluytens. All others have major drawbacks. Stay away from Maazel's (both of them), Ozawa's, Schipper's and Bernstein's.
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