Georges Bizet

Biography

Born: 1838   Died: 1875   Country: France   Period: Romantic
Known for one of the world's most popular operas, Carmen, Georges Bizet deserves attention as well for other works of remarkable melodic charm. Many of his works received cool receptions on their premieres but are now considered central to the repertory of classical music.

Bizet was born in Paris on October 25, 1838, and grew up in a happy, musical family that encouraged his talents. He learned to read music at the same time he learned to
Read more read letters, and equally well. Entering the Paris Conservatory before he was ten, he earned first prize in solfège within six months, a first prize in piano in 1852, and eventually, the coveted Prix de Rome in 1857 for his cantata Clovis et Clotilde. His teachers had included Marmontel for piano and Halévy for composition, but the greatest influence on him was Charles Gounod, of whom Bizet later said "You were the beginning of my life as an artist." Bizet himself hid away his Symphony in C, written when he was 17, feeling it was too much like its models, Gounod's symphonies. The two years spent in Rome after winning his prize, would be the only extensive time, and a greatly impressionable one, that Bizet would spend outside of Paris in his brief life. When he returned to Paris, he lost confidence in his natural talents and began to substitute dry Germanic or academic writing for his own developing idiom. He composed a one-act opera for production at the Opéra-Comique, but the theater's director engaged him to write a full-length opera instead, Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers). It was not a success at the time, but despite a few weaknesses, the work was revived in 1886, and its sheer beauty has earned it a respected position among the lesser-played operatic repertory. In 1863 Bizet's father bought land outside Paris where he built two bungalows, one of which Bizet frequently used as a compositional retreat. He began a friendship (apparently not a physical one) with a neighbor-woman named Céleste Mogador, a former actress, author, courtesan, circus rider, and dance-hall girl. She is said to have been the model for his masterpiece's title role of Carmen. Bizet earned his living as an accompanist and publishing house arranger. Meanwhile, he poured his creative efforts into an immense five-act opera in the grand tradition, Ivan IV, but it was never performed. This proved to be a pattern for the rest of his career. Bizet would work hard to get an opera produced, and even if he did, it would usually receive only a handful of performances. Bizet's corpus of unfinished works is large, and testifies to his unsettled existence and his difficulty in finding a place in France's notoriously hierarchical and conservative musical world. In 1869 Bizet married Geneviève Halévy, daughter of his teacher. The marriage did not turn out to be a happy one, primarily due to her family's history of mental illness. In 1872, Bizet's splendid incidental music for the play L'arlèsienne was poorly received, but when the composer assembled the music into an orchestral suite for a November performance, it found great acclaim. At last confident of his creative vision, Bizet was able to steer his final masterpiece through various obstacles, including the objections of singers and theater directors who were shocked by Carmen's subject matter. When the opera had its premiere on March 3, 1875, it was received barely well enough to hang on for future productions. Although it took audiences only a few weeks to catch on, Bizet died convinced it was a failure. Read less
Bizet: Roma, Patrie Overture... / Tingaud, RTE
Release Date: 03/10/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573344   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $12.99
CD: $9.99
In Stock
On sale!   $12.99   CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

Bizet: Carmen Suites; Grieg / Ermler, RPO
Release Date: 09/08/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28020   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $9.98
CD: $6.99
In Stock
On sale!   $9.98   CD:  $6.99 Add CD to Cart

Prokofiev: Peter & the Wolf; Saint-Saens, Bizet / Gielgud, Licata
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28450   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $9.98
CD: $6.99
In Stock
On sale!   $9.98   CD:  $6.99 Add CD to Cart

Bizet: Carmen / Pretre, Cossotto, Domingo, Van Dam, Et Al
Release Date: 05/23/2000   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1244   Number of Discs: 3
On sale! $29.94
CD: $16.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $29.94   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $29.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Bizet: Carmen / Karajan, Bumbry, Vickers, Et Al
Release Date: 02/17/1998   Label: Opera D'oro  
Catalog: 1151   Number of Discs: 3
On sale! $29.94
CD: $16.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $29.94   CD:  $16.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $29.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Work: L'arlésienne: Suite no 1

Browse 26-50 of 54 Available Recordings
1 2 3
  • 26.
    Bizet: Carmen Suite, L'Arlésienne Suites / Minkowski, Les Musiciens Du Louvre
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5130 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Lyon Opera Chorus
    Recommendation
    CD: $19.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $19.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 27.
    Bizet: Carmen And L'arlesienne Suites / Marriner, Lso
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412464 Release Date: 12/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 28.
    Bizet: Carmen & L'arlesienne Orchestral Suites / Friedmann
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 433220 Release Date: 08/07/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Samuel Friedmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
    On sale! $7.99
    CD: $6.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $7.99   CD:  $6.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 29.
    Bizet: L'arlésienne Suites, Symphonie En Ut / Pons, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951675 Release Date: 07/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Josep Pons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
    Recommendation
    On sale! $9.98
    CD: $5.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $9.98   CD:  $5.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 30.
    Bizet: L'arlesienne Suites, Carmen Suite No 1 / Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 1153994 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
    Recommendation
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 31.
    Weekend Classics - A Bizet Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000658202 Release Date: 07/04/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Placido Domingo,  Alicia Nafé,  Yvonne Kenny  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Myung-Whun Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Bastille Opera Orchestra
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 32.
    Bizet : Symphony No. 1, L'arlesienne Suite Nos 1 & 2 / Munch, Gerhardt, Rpo
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4090 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Charles Gerhardt,  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 33.
    Bizet: L'arlesienne Suites 1 & 2, Symphony / Lombard, Strasbourg Philharmonic
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4620822 Release Date: 08/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Alain Lombard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 34.
    Bizet: Symphony No 1, Etc;  Messiaen / Stokowski
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 242 Release Date: 03/29/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Olivier Messiaen
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leopold Stokowski Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 35.
    Paul Paray Conducts French Orchestral Music (5 CD Set)
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 000337602 Release Date: 11/09/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Marcel Dupré
    Conductor:  Paul Paray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $29.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 36.
    Bizet: Carmen Suite No 1 & 2, Etc / Tortelier, Et Al
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6693 Release Date: 07/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 37.
    Bizet - Greatest Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000233802 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Léopold Simoneau,  René Bianco,  Ileana Cotrubas  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Antal Doráti,  Jean Fournet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Lamoureux Concerts Association Orchestra
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 38.
    Bizet: L'arlésienne Suites, Etc / José Serebrier
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1305 Release Date: 03/30/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  José Serebrier,  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  José Serebrier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
    Recommendation
    CD: $21.49
    Low Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $21.49 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 39.
    Bizet: L'arlesienne Suites, Carmen Suites
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 6504 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    CD: $4.99
    Low Stock
    CD:  $4.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 40.
    Bizet: Symphony In C, L'arlesienne Suites / Cluytens, Et Al
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1235 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
    On sale! $19.49
    Import CD: $12.99
    Back Order
    On sale!   $19.49   Import CD:  $12.99 Add to Cart

  • 41.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550001 Release Date: 01/25/2002   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Erik Satie,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 42.
    The Monet Collection - Romantic Moments
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315020 Release Date: 11/20/2000   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Mikhail Glinka,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nikolai Portnov,  Irina Snegova,  Andrey Ryazanov,  Juriy Ivchenko  ... 
    Conductor:  Jansug Kakhidze,  Leonid Malyshev,  Viacheslav Suvorov,  Sergei Evgenin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Festival Symphony Orchestra,  St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra "Muse"  ... 
    On sale! $20.94
    CD: $17.49
    In Stock
    On sale!   $20.94   CD:  $17.49 Add CD to Cart

  • 43.
    Bizet: L'arlésienne Suites, Symphonie En Ut / Pons, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 901675 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Josep Pons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Granada City Orchestra
    On sale! $19.49
    Import CD: $12.99
    2-3 Days
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $19.49   Import CD:  $12.99 Add to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 44.
    Bizet: Symphony In C, Etc / Neville Marriner, Asmf
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 73709 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    CD: $7.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $5.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 45.
    Bizet: L'arlesienne Suites, Carmen Suites / Ormandy
    Label: Rca Victrola   Catalog: 60787 Release Date: 07/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Special Order
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 46.
    Bernstein Century - Bizet: Carmen Suites, L'arlésienne Suites
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63081 Release Date: 10/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  William Vacchiano,  David Nadien,  Julius Baker
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 47.
    Bizet: Carmen Suite, Etc;  Offenbach, At Al / Munch, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 443033 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jacques Offenbach,  Paul Dukas  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Jean Martinon,  Sir Georg Solti,  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    On sale! $24.98
    ArkivCD $21.99
    Low Stock
    On sale!   $24.98   ArkivCD:  $21.99 Add to Cart

  • 48.
    Bizet - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64594 Release Date: 06/13/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Beverly Sills,  Richard Tucker,  Agnes Baltsa,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Pierre Dervaux,  Placido Domingo,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Tallis Chamber Choir  ... 
    CD not available
    MP3 Available
    MP3:  $14.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 49.
    Bizet: L'arlesienne Suites 1 & 2, Etc / Paray, Detroit So
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434321 Release Date: 10/13/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ambroise Thomas,  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Paul Paray
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    On sale! $12.98
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $12.98   CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 50.
    Bizet: L'arlésienne, Carmen - Suites / Bramall, Slovak Po
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550061 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
    CD: $12.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $12.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

1 2 3

Georges Bizet


WORKS
Prélude
Introduction: "Sur la place chacun passe"
Que chercez-vous, la belle?
Marche et Choeur des gamins: "Avec la garde montante"
"Halte! Repos!" / "Une jolie fille est venue"
Et la garde descendante
Dites-moi, brigadier
"La cloche a sonné"
Dans l'air, nous suivons des yeux la fumée
Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita?
"Quand je vous aimerai?"/Havanaise: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle"
Scène: "Carmen, sur tes pas nous nous pressons tous!"
"Monsieur le brigadier?" / Duo:"Parle-moi de ma mère!"
Votre mère avec moi sortait de la chapelle
Ma Mère, je la vois!
Tu la verras! Eh bien!
Choeur: "Au secours!"
Ah! enfin! un peu de silence!
Chanson et Mélodrame: "Avez-vous quelque chose à ré- pondre?..." "Tra la la la ...."
Vous êtes si jeune, seigneur officier
"Près des remparts de Séville"
Final: "Le lieutenant! Prenez garde..."
Entr'acte
Chanson: "Les tringles des sistres tintaient"
Vous avez quelque chose à nous dire...?
Choeur et Ensemble: "Vivat! vivat le Toréro!"
Couplets: "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre"
Messieurs les officiers, je vous en supplie
Quintette: "Nous avons en tête une affaire!"
En voilà assez
Chanson: "Halte-là! Qui va là?"
Enfin ... Tu as mis le temps!
Duo: "Je vais danser en votre honneur"
"La fleur que tu m'avais jetée"
Non, tu ne m'aimes pas!
Final: "Holà! Carmen! Holà!"
Suis-nous à travers la campagne
Entr'acte
Introduction: "Ecoute, compagnon, écoute!"
Carmen, ne me fuis pas...
Trio: "Mêlons! Coupons!"
Carreau! Pique! ...La Mort!
Parlez encore, parlez
"Alerte!!!" - Morceau d'Ensemble: "Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire!"
Nous y sommes, petite...
Air: "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante"
Mais .. je ne me trompe pas...
Je suis Escamillo, Toréro de Grenade!
Final: "Holà! holà! José!"
Halte! quelqu'un est là qui cherche à se cacher!
Entr'acte
Choeur: "A dos cuartos!"
"Qu'avez-vous fait de la Carmencita?" - Choeur et Scéne: "Les voici! les voici!"
Si tu m'aimes, Carmen...
Duo final: "C'est toi!" / "C'est moi!"
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Prélude
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Menuet
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagietto
L'Arlésienne - Incidental Music, Suite No.1 (2000 Digital Remaster): Carillon
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Pastorale
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Intermezzo
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Minuet (from 'La jolie fille de Perth')
L'Arlésienne - Suite No.2 (orch. Ernest Guiraud) (2000 Digital Remaster): Farandole
Bizet: Carmen - Overture (Prelude)
Bizet: Carmen - Entracte (between Act I & II)
Bizet: Carmen - Entracte (Between Act II & III)
Bizet: Carmen / Act 3 - Entr'acte
Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivo
Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Adagio
Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace & Trio
Symphony in C (2000 Digital Remaster): Allegro vivace