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Bizet: Carmen - Highlights
 
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Bizet: Carmen - Highlights

20 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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2:27
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4:48
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1984
  • Release Date: 20 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1984 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:02:37
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  • ASIN: B001R9XDT8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,545 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Sissel M. Østdahl on 24 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite "Carmen" performance, not the least since Katia Ricciarelli and José Carreras are likewise my favorite opera singers. Katia Ricciarelli with her pure, clear voice, like silver bells, is totally free from the almost "screaming", which so often happens to sopranos on hitting the highest notes. As Micaela she plays a rather small part in the performance, but she does it beautifully and her voice is perfect for that role. José Carreras is world known for his lyrical tenor. I love his "voice from the soul" and have always preferred him singing softly rather than with all his strength.

In this recording I am particularly fond of Act 1, scene 5: "Parle-moi de ma mère" between Don José (Carreras) and Micaela (Ricciarelli). But the finest and most special moment of all is the flower aria, Act 2, scene 11: "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée", sung by Don José (Carreras). Usually, tenors end this aria with a rising crescendo, as a tenor's voice is so often judged by its ability to reach and hold its strength at the highest notes.

However, late Conductor Herbert von Karajan, who favoured José Carreras as his preferred tenor, asked Carreras on this occasion if he would do the flower aria differently in this recording, and finish it not in a strong voice, but softly, tuning out into the slightest pianissimo, a slowly disappearing whisper.

How right he was. Never have I heard this famous aria sung so beautifully. So in accordance with the role of Don José and the mood the song is supposed to be reflecting.

It's these two scenes in particular I always go back to when I listen to this album, but also the rest of the recording is, of course, a delight.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Campbell on 10 April 2012
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Lovely, as you'd expect from the label, but be aware this is 'highlights' not the whole thing. Your highlights should be there, but they might not be...........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By warhammer on 28 Nov. 2013
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First piece of Opera work i heard as a child, brought this mainly because of my love affair with all things Spanish.Delivered on time, would recommend buying this version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Donovan on 3 May 2011
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Having seen Carmen in 3D at the cinema, I just had to get a copy of the music to listen to at home. This is a fantastic version and very good value too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol-Ann on 3 April 2014
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I've always really liked Carmen but hadn't listened to it for
a long time. The overture was played on a radio station
and it prompted me to buy a new copy.

I'm thoroughly enjoying listening to it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. R. Quinn on 14 Aug. 2013
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Quick and easy to download and a good recording. Great to listen to in the bath! Listen to it on my Kindle whenever I want to .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Ette on 27 Jan. 2013
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I gave this CD 5 stars because it is a quality recording of a beautiful opera with Jose Carreras singing
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon249 on 14 Jan. 2011
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I think with Opera you either love or hate it and having never been to an opera but always fancying going to see if I do like it I booked to see Carmen in a couple of weeks so then I decided to purchase this (as a present for my partner) so I could listen before seeing the opera, and I really enjoyed it and am now looking forward to seeing it on stage even more.
A great introduction to Opera!
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