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4.0 out of 5 stars Shakes Rattle, 9 Aug 2012
David Pattrick (Chelmsford UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bizet : Carmen (Audio CD)
This isn't a terribly well-known recording - it doesn't feature in the Penguin Guide - but it is definitely worth considering. It uses dialogue rather than recitative, and with generally good French this is a plus. Sinopoli often goes for subtlety and sensuality rather than dramatic fire, and this suits his Carmen, Jennifer Larmore, a lovely-toned mezzo. Given her Rossini experience, she can often bring lightness to the role, without exaggerated chest register. It isn't perhaps a very individual rendition - she isn't instantly recognisable in the way that de los Angeles and Callas were. The same cannot be said of the Michaela, Angela Gheorghiu - she makes her a far more interesting character than usual: the role suits her more than Carmen itself, which she has also recorded. Sam Ramey is predictably superb as Escamillo - sensuality, power and bite in every utterance. My main reservation is over the Jose, Thomas Moser - he's a bit stiff and Germanic, no match for such different Joses as Domingo, Kaufmann or Gedda. This reissue has a plot synopsis but no translation.
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Bizet : Carmen by Giuseppe Sinopoli (Audio CD - 2012)
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