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Bizet: Carmen - Highlights / Karajan, Price, Corelli, Et Al


Release Date: 09/14/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63495   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne PriceGeneviève MacauxMonique LinvalFrank Schooten,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna State Opera ChorusVienna Boys' Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Very grand... Price is a highly dramatic Carmen, Mirella Freni contributes a most sensitively sung Micaëla, and Corelli sounds glorious..." -- BBC Music Magazine [reviewing the complete version, RCA 39495

"Karajan's RCA version, made in Vienna in 1964, owes much to Leontyne Price's seductive, smoky-toned Carmen... Robert Merrill sings with gloriously firm tone, while Mirella Freni is enchanting as Micaëla." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition, reviewing RCA 39495]

Remastered 1997.
"Very grand... Price is a highly dramatic Carmen, Mirella Freni contributes a most sensitively sung Micaëla, and Corelli sounds glorious..." -- BBC Music Magazine [reviewing the complete version, RCA 39495

"Karajan's RCA version, made in Vienna in 1964, owes much to Leontyne Price's seductive, smoky-toned Carmen... Robert Merrill sings with gloriously firm tone, while Mirella Freni is enchanting as Micaëla." -- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition, reviewing RCA 39495]

Remastered 1997.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
2.
Carmen: Dans l'air nous suivons "Cigarette Girls' Chorus" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
3.
Carmen: La voilà! by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
4.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1873-1874 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
5.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
6.
Carmen: Act 2 Prelude "Les dragons d'Alcala" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
7.
Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient "Gypsy Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Geneviève Macaux (Soprano), Monique Linval (Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
8.
Carmen: Messieurs, Pastia me dit by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Frank Schooten (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
9.
Carmen: Vivat! vivat le toréro! by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
10.
Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Geneviève Macaux (Soprano), Monique Linval (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone),
Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
11.
Carmen: Nous avons en tête une affaire by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Geneviève Macaux (Soprano), Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Maurice Besançon (Bass),
Leontyne Price (Soprano), Monique Linval (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
12.
Carmen: Tra-la-la...Attends un peu, Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
13.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
14.
Carmen: Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
15.
Carmen: Mêlons! Coupons! [Card Scene] by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Monique Linval (Soprano), Geneviève Macaux (Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
16.
Carmen: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante "Micaëla's Aria" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
17.
Carmen: Act 4 Prelude "Aragonaise" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
18.
Carmen: C'est toi! C'est moi!...Carmen, il est temps encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Notes: This selection continues through "Où vas-tu? Laisse-moi!..." to the
conclusion of the opera. 

Sound Samples

Overture
Act I: La cloche a sonné (Chorus of Cigarette Girls)
Act I: La voilà, la voilà
Act I: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
Act I: Prés des remparts de Séville
Entr'acte
Act II: Les tringles des sistres tintaient
Act II: Messieurs, Pastia me dit
Act II: Vivat! Vivat le Toréro!
Act II: Votre toast
Act II: Nous avons en tête une affaire (Quintet)
Act II: Lalalala - Attends un peu, Carmen
Act II: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
Entr'acte
Act III: Mêlons! Coupons!
Act III: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante
Entr'acte
Act IV: C'est toi - C'est moi!
Act IV: Où vas-tu? - Laisse-moi!

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