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Bizet: Carmen

14 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 2:36:30
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  • ASIN: B004J7UL9A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,101 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By D. Bennett on 26 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
Berganza and Domingo are superb in this reading, as Carmen and Don Jose this couple have not been equalled. Berganza has a very special voice, some people believe Callas' Carmen to be the best characterised but Berganza has a more brilliant tone and is very very spanish sounding. Domingo is magical as Don Jose, he is perhaps the very finest tenor of his generation in this repertoire and he sings with considerable style and fluency.
Milnes and Cotrubas are very special also.
Abbado really gets to the soul of Bizet's music with the LSO and the pre digital sound is warm and clear. A perfect set.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By K. Harvey on 6 Aug 2007
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I have the highlights of this on casette and cannot find a more satisfying version of "Carmen".

It was exceptionally well cast. Domingo (Don Jose) and Milnes (Escamillo)are both fabulously in full voice and Ileana Cotrubas the most moving Micaela I have ever heard. The greatest applause though must go to Teresa Berganza who really sings the title role to perfection with hot-blooded Spanish passion but also a confidence which commands our respect and sympathy, retaining musicality in every last note.

I really do hope that Deutsche Gramaphon will re-release this because it well deserves another opportunity.
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By M. Hayward on 23 Jun 2014
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I have shunned opera, partly because of cost (multiple CDs) and time (when?). However, knowing the great tunes of this opera from the orchestral suites, I thought I would give this a go, It starts at a rollicking tempo, and all the great numbers occur, one after another with spoken dialogue in between. Heavy going it is not, and Berganza, although in her forties at the time (suspension of disbelief is important for opera!), sounds young and fresh and does not have horrible wide vibrato.I looked at reviews to find a bargain, and I was not disappointed with this.
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Well . . . recordings of "Carmen" really divide the reviewers -- lots of very strong feelings on both sides. It's not an opera I've spent a lot of time with, even though I've always liked the music (in the suites), but now I've heard two complete recordings. I gave the 1962 Karajan four stars, mainly on the basis of hearing Price and Corelli at their peaks, but after hearing Abbado, I realize how content Karajan was to give us a richly upholstered showcase for great voices (yes, Merrill and Freni are in it too and sound great). Everything about Abbado's 1977 recording is much more dramatically pointed, and the orchestral sound has more immediacy than Karajan's, with the voices very well placed in relation to it. A lot of people complain of not hearing a "really" French "Carmen" -- but do we really know what that would sound like? Abbado's sounds fine to me. Domingo is a fine Jose, his French better than Corelli's and better than his own in the Decca "Hoffmann." He's fully dramatically alive (the singers do their own spoken parts), and he shapes the Flower Song beautifully, and his tense exchange with Carmen right after is marvelous. Teresa Berganza sings beautifully as Carmen. She has sex appeal but she presents too a character who enjoys manipulating men -- you can hear it in her dynamics and phrasing. It's valid conception of the role. Cotrubas's voice is less lovely than Freni's as Micaela , but her French is better and her dramatic engagement more palpable. Milnes is a fine Escamillo, but Merrill's voice is richer and his dramatic instincts fine too. Abbado's contribution seems very distinguished to me. He has a combination of elegance and energy that Karajan doesn't match, and the sheer beauty of the orchestral playing -- e. g. in the entr'acte before Act 2 -- is a joy in itself. I've heard good things about the Solti recording (with Domingo too), but this one is just fine.
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The music is marvellous for all tastes, those who love opera and those who know nothing about it, and this recording by oldies is tops.
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