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Bizet: L'arlesienne Suites, Carmen Suite No 1 / Abbado


Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000874602   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A great conductor can take a warhorse, or "light music", and reinvigorate our sense of just how great it really is. Prior to his Berlin period, Claudio Abbado was one such conductor, and this disc proves it. The LSO plays magnificently, with an elegant solo flute in the third entr'acte from Carmen, lithe and amazingly precise strings, and plenty of heft from the brass where required. Abbado's interpretations are perfect, whether in the whirlwind concluding Farandole of the First Suite from L'Arlésienne or in the dashing prelude to Carmen. There have been many excellent recordings of this music, from Markevitch to Beecham to Stokowski, but this one stands with the best, and the only drawback is the fact that you only get the Read more first Carmen suite. Forty-six minutes hardly was generous playing time even for an LP. Still, at mid-price, and with very good sonics, this is worth having.

– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1872; France 
2.
L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
3.
Carmen: Suite no 1 by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 

Sound Samples

L'Arlésienne Suite No.1: Prélude
L'Arlésienne Suite No.1: Minuetto
L'Arlésienne Suite No.1: Adagietto
L'Arlésienne Suite No.1: Carillon
L'Arlésienne Suite No.2: Pastorale
L'Arlésienne Suite No.2: Intermezzo
L'Arlésienne Suite No.2: Menuet
L'Arlésienne Suite No.2: Farandole
Carmen: Overture (Prelude)
Carmen: Entracte (between Act I & II)
Carmen: Entracte (Between Act II & III)
Carmen / Act 3: Entr'acte

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A disappointment August 22, 2014 By Dan E. (Fredericksburg, VA) See All My Reviews "This is a CD that should not have been released, let alone sold by Arkiv. The sound is irritatingly thin and shrill, like that of an old monophonic record. The selection of performances is infuriating. You just cannot provide Carmen Suite no. 1 and not the rest. A bad, unacceptable CD." Report Abuse
 A SPECIAL FAVORITE !!! September 13, 2013 By S. Pearson (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) See All My Reviews "WE KNOW BY NOW WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT CAN MAKE..AS TO WHO CONDUCTS WHAT ORCHESTRA ! THIS HAPPENS TO BE SOME OF MY FAVORITE MUSIC.. AND WHEN I HEARD THIS PARTICULAR TREATMENT BY CLAUDIO ABBADO (ON KDFC FM) I STOPPED IN MY TRACKS ! IT'S AS THOUGH YOU ARE HEARING THAT SAME MUSIC BUT THROUGH A VERY DIFFERENT (WONDERFUL) WINDOW: I LOVE A ROMANTIC SLANT, MAYBE A BIT WISTFUL... WHATEVER WORDS THAT SAY: THE CONDUCTOR IS LOVING THIS MUSIC...AND BRINGING OUT THE VERY BEST. I WOULD SAY ABBADO "INTERNALIZED" THIS MUSIC... AND DOING SO, CONVEYED A MAGIC THAT CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED BY SUCH PERSONAL MEANS. I HAD TO WORK TO FIND THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE... BUT IT WAS SOO WORTH IT !!!" Report Abuse
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