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Bizet: Carmen Suites; Grieg / Ermler, RPO


Release Date: 09/08/2009 
Label:  Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog #: 28020   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georges BizetEdvard Grieg
Conductor:  Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It’s hard for me to conceive of any professional orchestra under a competent conductor giving an indifferent presentation of the Carmen suites, and that notion is bolstered by Ermler (who, it must be said, rates a better tag than “competent”) and the RPO. I can imagine a performance that is over the top, but Ermler avoids that too. What we get is a rousing, thoroughly professional reading of these timeless pieces, recorded with audiophile clarity. The evergreen Peer Gynt suites are more vulnerable, but Ermler and the RPO give us a fine account of them as well. You won’t regret investing in this disc, but it won’t displace others for my affection. Beecham’s 12-number Peer Gynt version is virtually untouchable, but I like Salonen and Read more Blomstedt too. For Bizet, I’ll stick with Dutoit’s recording (of all 12 numbers in Guirard’s order) or Tortelier’s, both of which are coupled with the two suites from L’arlèsienne.

– George Chien, Fanfare Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
2.
Carmen: Suite no 2 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
3.
Peer Gynt Suite no 1, Op. 46 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1888; Norway 
4.
Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55 by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Mark Ermler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 

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