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Teresa Berganza|Georges Bizet : Carmen

Georges Bizet : Carmen

Teresa Berganza, Plácido Domingo, Claudio Abbado

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This 1977 recording of Carmen was based on a production from the Edinburgh Festival and includes most of the cast from that production with the exception of Ileana Cotrubas as Micaëla and Sherrill Milnes as Escamillo. Claudio Abbado conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, which plays with crisp precision and vitality. The evaluation of any performance of Carmen is complicated by the variety of editions available, the primary ones being the traditional version that uses recitatives set to music by Ernst Guiraud after the composer's death and the 1964 Fritz Oeser edition that uses the original spoken recitatives, but that reintroduces music Bizet discarded before the premiere. Most conductors using the spoken dialogue omit some or all of the discarded music, but Abbado includes it, and the result feels choppy and uneven, particularly in the first act. That effect is exacerbated by Abbado's performance. His tempos are frequently eccentrically slow or fast, without any apparent rationale, and he doesn't convey a convincing dramatic through-line or the sense of inevitable musical momentum that drives the opera. There are many effective moments, some lovely and some thrilling, but they don't add up to a convincing whole. That being said, the performances of the principals are often exceptional. Teresa Berganza's sultry, believably natural Carmen is beautifully nuanced, dramatically riveting, and musically ravishing. Plácido Domingo is a troubled, powerful Don José (pronounced here the Spanish rather than the French way) and his singing is lyrically intense. Cotrubas gives Micaëla exceptional warmth, even sensuality, and makes her a more interesting character than is usual. As Escamillo, Milnes is the least effective of the principals, sounding somewhat boomy and stiff. The sound alternates between the cavernous and the distant sides of an ideal ambience, and there is sometimes intentional but distracting crowd chatter under the spoken dialogue. In spite of the album's drawbacks, Berganza's vivid performance makes this a recording that should interest fans of the opera.
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Carmen, WD 31 (Georges Bizet)

1
Prélude
London Symphony Orchestra
00:03:31

Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Carmen, WD 31, Act I (Georges Bizet)

2
Scene and Chorus. Sur la place chacun passe
Stuart Harling
00:02:09

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Harling, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Duet and Chorus. Regardez donc cette petite
Claudio Abbado
00:04:09

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Harling, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Chorus of Street-Boys. Avec la garde montante
London Symphony Orchestra
00:02:34

Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrick Criswell, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Watson's George College Boys' Chorus, Choir, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Melodrama. Repos! ... Une jolie fille
Robert Lloyd
00:00:45

Stuart Harling, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Allons! Allons!
Robert Lloyd
00:01:37

Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrick Criswell, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Watson's George College Boys' Chorus, Choir, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
Dialogue. Dites-moi, brigadier
Robert Lloyd
00:01:06

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Chorus of Cigarette Girls. La cloche a sonné
London Symphony Orchestra
00:05:12

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Chorus. Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita
Ambrosian Singers
00:00:45

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita ... Habanera. L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
Teresa Berganza
00:04:49

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Carmen, sur tes pas
Plácido Domingo
00:02:24

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Monsieur le brigadier?... Duet: "Parle-moi de ma mère!"
Ileana Cotrubas
00:01:41

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Duet. Votre mère avec moi sortait de la chapelle
Ileana Cotrubas
00:02:19

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Duet. Ma mère, je la vois
Plácido Domingo
00:02:24

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Que son fils l'aime et la vénère... Eh bien, eh bien!
Plácido Domingo
00:04:04

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
Au secours!
Robert Lloyd
00:03:19

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
Voyons, brigadier... Tra la la la
Robert Lloyd
00:04:13

Richard Amner, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
Seguidilla. Près des remparts de Séville
Teresa Berganza
00:04:30

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
Le lieutenant! Prenez garde!
Plácido Domingo
00:02:06

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Carmen, WD 31 (Georges Bizet)

20
Entracte After Act I (Les dragons d'Alcala)
London Symphony Orchestra
00:01:47

Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Carmen, WD 31, Act II (Georges Bizet)

21
Chanson bohème. Les tringles des sistres tintaient
Teresa Berganza
00:05:06

Georges Bizet, Composer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
Dialogue. Vous avez quelque chose à nous dire?
Robert Lloyd
00:01:15

Georges Bizet, Composer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Lainé, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George Main, Speaker, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

23
Vivat le toréro!
Robert Lloyd
00:01:31

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Sherrill Milnes, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Lainé, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George Main, Speaker, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

24
Toreador's Song. Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre
Sherrill Milnes
00:08:00

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Sherrill Milnes, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Lainé, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - George Main, Speaker, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

25
Quintet. Nous avons en tête une affaire
Gordon Sandison
00:04:48

Georges Bizet, Composer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

26
Halte-là! Qui va là?
Yvonne Kenny
00:02:33

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

DISC 2

1
Je vais danser en votre honneur
Teresa Berganza
00:05:42

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower Song"
Plácido Domingo
00:04:15

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
Non, tu ne m'aimes pas!
Teresa Berganza
00:04:01

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4
Holà! Carmen! Holà!
Robert Lloyd
00:03:31

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Suis-nous à travers la campagne
Gordon Sandison
00:01:47

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Carmen, WD 31 (Georges Bizet)

6
Entracte After Act II (Intermezzo)
London Symphony Orchestra
00:03:00

Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Carmen, WD 31, Act III (Georges Bizet)

7
Sextet and Chorus. Écoute, compagnons, écoute
Teresa Berganza
00:04:40

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Halte! nous allons nous arrêter ici!
Geoffrey Pogson
00:01:29

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Trio. Mêlons! Coupons!
Yvonne Kenny
00:03:20

Georges Bizet, Composer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

10
Carreau! Pique!... La mort!
Teresa Berganza
00:03:20

Georges Bizet, Composer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
Parlez encore, parlez, mes belles
Yvonne Kenny
00:00:49

Georges Bizet, Composer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
Dialogue. Eh! bien?...
Gordon Sandison
00:00:30

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
Ensemble. Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire!
Yvonne Kenny
00:03:08

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

14
Dialogue. Nous y sommes
Jean Lainé
00:00:43

Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jean Lainé, Speaker, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante "Micaëla's Aria"
Ileana Cotrubas
00:04:50

Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

16
Duet. Je suis Escamillo
Ileana Cotrubas
00:03:42

Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sherrill Milnes, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
Holà, holà José!
London Symphony Orchestra
00:03:00

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sherrill Milnes, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
Halte! quelqu'un est là qui cherche à se cacher
Ambrosian Singers
00:05:07

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sandison, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Geoffrey Pogson, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Carmen, WD 31 (Georges Bizet)

19
Entracte After Act III (Aragonaise)
London Symphony Orchestra
00:02:10

Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Carmen, WD 31, Act IV (Georges Bizet)

20
Chorus. A deux cuartos!
Richard Amner
00:02:23

Richard Amner, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leslie Fyson, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Jean Lainé, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
March and Chorus. Les voici!
Ambrosian Singers
00:03:51

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
Si tu m'aimes, Carmen
Teresa Berganza
00:03:19

Georges Bizet, Composer - Sherrill Milnes, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Yvonne Kenny, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Alicia Nafé, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

23
Duet and Final Chorus. C'est toi!
Ambrosian Singers
00:09:22

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Ambrosian Singers, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Placido Domingo, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wolf-Dieter Karwatky, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Prosper Mérimée, Author, Original Text Author - Gernot Westhaeuser, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joachim Niss, Editor, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rainer Brock, Producer, Recording Producer - Karl-August Naegler, Balance Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1978 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

This 1977 recording of Carmen was based on a production from the Edinburgh Festival and includes most of the cast from that production with the exception of Ileana Cotrubas as Micaëla and Sherrill Milnes as Escamillo. Claudio Abbado conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, which plays with crisp precision and vitality. The evaluation of any performance of Carmen is complicated by the variety of editions available, the primary ones being the traditional version that uses recitatives set to music by Ernst Guiraud after the composer's death and the 1964 Fritz Oeser edition that uses the original spoken recitatives, but that reintroduces music Bizet discarded before the premiere. Most conductors using the spoken dialogue omit some or all of the discarded music, but Abbado includes it, and the result feels choppy and uneven, particularly in the first act. That effect is exacerbated by Abbado's performance. His tempos are frequently eccentrically slow or fast, without any apparent rationale, and he doesn't convey a convincing dramatic through-line or the sense of inevitable musical momentum that drives the opera. There are many effective moments, some lovely and some thrilling, but they don't add up to a convincing whole. That being said, the performances of the principals are often exceptional. Teresa Berganza's sultry, believably natural Carmen is beautifully nuanced, dramatically riveting, and musically ravishing. Plácido Domingo is a troubled, powerful Don José (pronounced here the Spanish rather than the French way) and his singing is lyrically intense. Cotrubas gives Micaëla exceptional warmth, even sensuality, and makes her a more interesting character than is usual. As Escamillo, Milnes is the least effective of the principals, sounding somewhat boomy and stiff. The sound alternates between the cavernous and the distant sides of an ideal ambience, and there is sometimes intentional but distracting crowd chatter under the spoken dialogue. In spite of the album's drawbacks, Berganza's vivid performance makes this a recording that should interest fans of the opera.
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