- Performer: Placido Domingo, Julia Migenes, Ruggero Raimondi
- Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
- Conductor: Lorin Maazel
- Composer: Georges Bizet
- Audio CD (19 April 2010)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Erato
- ASIN: B003813LJ0
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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But the crowning glory is a Carmen to die for - the luscious seductive tones of Julia Migenes cannot be bettered - this is a voice tailor made for this role. It is a simply stunning vocal performance, incredibly nuanced and detailed and completely devoid of the matronly heft and overly wide vibrato which infects many performances. I have never heard the role sung with such total immersion in the character. A staggering achievement.
Domingo is at his best (this was 1984) and of the four principals only the Michaela of Faith Esham marginally disappoints with her slightly shrill tone and disconcerting vibrato. But her Act 1 duet with Domingo still sounds gorgeous.
Some listeners might be nonplussed by all the spoken dialogue. But this is the original version with the dialogue intact before the recitatives were later added by Bizet's friend Ernest Guiraud. Hence, this is a more authentic Carmen than many recordings. Also, it simply oozes Mediterranean colour and energy and the sound effects create a total dramatic listening experience.
Overall, this is a magnificent 'Carmen' and you really needn't look further.
However the recording. A bit of artistic licence here so please forgive me. I was put in mind of sitting at the back of the amphitheatre at the ROH. Sadly the chorus were stuck in a lift at Covent Garden tube station. And the spoken dialogue was supplied by some irritating people in the row in front of me. OK OK I exaggerate a bit. Well worth buying but you may get as irritated as I.
Ralph Moore likes the RCA Karajan so I have ordered a second hand copy of that. I heard it many years ago and was much impressed. But at present the recording that ticks all the right boxes for me is the stunningly well recorded 1951 Reiner also made for RCA. Fritz got results and how! Everyone on their toes in every bar. So the Giraud recitatives sound a bit odd once you are used to the dialogue but definitely not a significant factor in deciding.
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Hi All: this is a 2CD for the 3 LP Erato release from the early-to-mid eighties. There's a single CD highlights on release by Erato with the orginal LP cover; but this release for... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. C. Elis