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Bizet: Carmen Suite; Grieg: Peer Gynt / Slatkin


Release Date: 06/25/2002 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80048   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georges BizetEdvard Grieg
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 1979 recording, one of Telarc's first releases, made quite an impression on LP with its spacious, three-dimensional sound (thanks to the company's minimalist miking techniques) and its stunning bass drum transients. It still sounds fine today, even if 23 years later the very prominent bass drum thuds in Les Toreadors, Hall of the Mountain King, and Arabian Dance seem a trifle ostentatious. Leonard Slatkin leads fresh, vibrant performances of both Carmen suites (only two items from No. 2 are included) and the six Peer Gynt selections, while the St. Louis Symphony responds with enthusiasm and highly polished playing. However, as I mentioned, this originally was an LP issue, and Telarc has added nothing to the original 43-minute program Read more for this mid-price re-release. And since there are plenty of more complete, longer-playing alternatives for both works available (Salonen's Grieg and Karajan's Bizet, for example), this disc will appeal mostly to audiophiles who missed it the first time around.

--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1979 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
2.
Carmen: Suite no 2 - Avec la garde montante "Children's Chorus" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1979 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3.
Carmen: Suite no 2 - Danse bohème by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1979 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55: no 2, Arabian Dance by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1979 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 1, Prelude "Morning" by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1979 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
6.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 2, Death of Ase by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1979 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 3, Anitra's Dance by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1979 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
8.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46: no 4, Hall of the mountain king by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
9.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55: no 1, Prelude [Abduction and Ingrid's Lament] by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Date of Recording: 07/17/1979 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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