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  • Composer: Georges Bizet
  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 1984)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,174 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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CARRERAS / BALTSA / KARAJAN

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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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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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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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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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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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Please note this recording has just the highlights on one CD, not the full opera. I feel the item description should make this more clear so I am giving this three stars. The performances are good though.
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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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I gave this CD 5 stars because it is a quality recording of a beautiful opera with Jose Carreras singing
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