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Bizet: L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2, Carmen Suite / Chung, Bastille Opera Orchestra


Release Date: 09/23/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471736   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra-Bastille Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Myung-Whun Chung shows enough joie de vivre in this zestful music to make one suspect that he must have a soupçon of Gallic blood running in his veins.

The new Bastille opera house in Paris is legitimately a pride for France and an excellent cultural investment for the 1990s and beyond, and one only wishes that the British Establishment, in a country with internationally renowned musicians and orchestras, showed the slightest sign of ever demonstrating half the initiative of the French. In the meantime, let's try not to be too envious and enjoy a recording of Bizet's music from the Bastille Orchestra under its conductor Myung-Whun Chung, who shows enough joie de vivre in this zestful music to make one suspect
Read more that he must have a soupçon of Gallic blood running in his veins—and maybe a drop of Spanish too, judging by the Iberian vigour and charm of such a number as the third in the Carmen suite.

Most of the best known music from Carmen and L'Arlesienne is here in these popular suites taken respectively from the opera and the incidental music. The music abounds in catchiness, being tuneful, rhythmically alert and beautifully scored, and the playing brings out these qualities, indeed, it is exceptionally neat. If anything, I wonder whether the faster numbers are a little too tight and trim and whether a bit more flexibility could have allowed still more charm to come through. But I will not grudge my praise, for this is fine idiomatic playing, and the recording is crisp and well balanced. The famous flute solo which comes as the fifth number in the Carmen suite (in the opera it is the music of an Entr'acte) has the right cool beauty, and the same artist (presumably) plays the opening of the next piece just as beautifully, while the bassoon in No. 7 is fine too and so is the chirpy trumpet in No. 1 of Jeux denfonts. But all the wind players deserve praise, as do the percussion who feature prominently (but tastefully) in this score. Though the strings are not quite in this class of refinement, they, too, make a pleasing sound and ensemble is disciplined. This is an attractive issue that earns a place in the catalogue, even if it is already well served in this repertory.

-- Gramophone [11/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22: Petite suite by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra-Bastille Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; France 
2.
Carmen: Suite by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra-Bastille Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
3.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra-Bastille Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
4.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra-Bastille Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 

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