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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
Overture (Prelude)
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
Introduction: "Sur la place chacun passe"
Stuart Harling
00:02:09

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Harling, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - The Ambrosian Singers, 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

3
"Regardez donc cette petite"
Claudio Abbado
00:04:09

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Stuart Harling, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Ambrosian Singers, 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

4
"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
"Repos!"
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
"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
"La cloche a sonné"
London Symphony Orchestra
00:05:12

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - The Ambrosian Singers, Chorus, 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
"Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita"
The Ambrosian Singers
00:00:45

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - The Ambrosian Singers, 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

10
"Quand je vous aimerai?" - "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle"
Teresa Berganza
00:04:49

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Ambrosian Singers, 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

11
"Carmen, sur tes pas, nous nous pressons tous"
Plácido Domingo
00:02:24

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, 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

12
"Monsieur le brigadier?" - "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
"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
"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 - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Robert Lloyd, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - The Ambrosian Singers, 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

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

Richard Amner, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John McCarthy, Chorus Master, 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 - Teresa Berganza, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Ambrosian Singers, 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

18
Chanson et Duo: "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 (between Act I & II)
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
"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
"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
"Tout est bien alors" - "Vivat! vivat le toréro!"
Robert Lloyd
00:01:31

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - 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
"Votre toast... je peux..." - "Toréador, en garde"
Sherrill Milnes
00:08:00

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - 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
"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
"Amoureuse... ce n'est pas une raison" - "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"
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 - 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - 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 - 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - 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 (Between Act II & III)
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
"Écoute, compagnon, écoute!"
Teresa Berganza
00:04:40

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - 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
"Mêlons!"-"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
"Eh! bien, j'avais raison."
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
"Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire!"
Yvonne Kenny
00:03:08

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - 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
"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"
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
"Mais... je ne me trompe pas..." - "Je suis Escamillo, toréro de Grenade."
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, José!"
London Symphony Orchestra
00:03:00

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - 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."
John McCarthy
00:05:07

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, 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 - Ileana Cotrubas, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, MainArtist - 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

19
Entr'acte
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

20
Choeur: "A dos cuartos!"
Richard Amner
00:02:23

Richard Amner, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John McCarthy, Chorus Master, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Leslie Fyson, Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - The Ambrosian Singers, Choir, 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
"Les voici! voici le quadrille!"
The Ambrosian Singers
00:03:51

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, AssociatedPerformer - Georges Bizet, Composer - Henri Meilhac, Author - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Ludovic Halevy, Author - Claudio Abbado, Conductor, MainArtist - The Ambrosian Singers, Chorus, 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
"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
"C'est toi!" "C'est-moi!"
The Ambrosian Singers
00:09:22

John McCarthy, Chorus Master, 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 - The Ambrosian Singers, Chorus, 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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