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Basic 100 Vol 52 - Bizet: Carmen Highlights / Karajan, Et Al


Release Date: 11/08/1994 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 68021   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne PriceMirella FreniFranco CorelliRobert Merrill
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraVienna Philharmonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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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]
"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]
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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 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Carmen: Dans l'air nous suivons "Cigarette Girls' Chorus" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Carmen: La voilà! by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
5.
Carmen: Près des ramparts de Seville "Seguidilla" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 6 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: French 
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 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
7.
Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient "Gypsy Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
8.
Carmen: Messieurs, Pastia me dit by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: French 
9.
Carmen: Vivat! vivat le toréro! by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Franco Corelli (Tenor),
Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: French 
10.
Carmen: Votre toast je peu vous le rendre "Toreador Song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
11.
Carmen: Nous avons en tête une affaire by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
12.
Carmen: Tra-la-la...Attends un peu, Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: French 
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 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
14.
Carmen: Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
15.
Carmen: Mêlons! Coupons! [Card Scene] by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: French 
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 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: French 
17.
Carmen: Act 4 Prelude "Aragonaise" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
18.
Carmen: C'est toi! C'est moi!...Carmen, il est temps encore by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Robert Merrill (Baritone), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
19.
Carmen: Où vas-tu? - Laisse-moi! by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Franco Corelli (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1963 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

Overture
Act I: Dans l'air nous suivons des yeux (Chorus of Cigarette Girls)
Act I: La voilà, la voilà
Act I: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
Act I: Près des remparts de Séville (Seguidilla)
Entr'acte
Act II: Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song)
Act II: Messieurs, Pastia me dit
Act II: Vivat, vivat le Toréro!
Act II: Votre toast (Toreador Song)
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 (Flower Song)
Entr'acte
Act III: Mêlons! Coupons! (Card Scene)
Act III: Je dis que rien ne m'epouvante (Micaela's Air)
Entr'acte
Act IV: C'est toi! - C'est moi!
Act IV: Où va-tu? - Laisse-moi!

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