Bizet - Carmen Suite, L'Arlesienne Suite - Ernest Ansermet
Bizet - Carmen Suite, L'Arlesienne Suite - Ernest Ansermet
Bizet - Carmen Suite, L'Arlesienne Suite - Ernest Ansermet
Bizet - Carmen Suite, L'Arlesienne Suite - Ernest Ansermet

Bizet - Carmen Suite, L'Arlesienne Suite - Ernest Ansermet

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George Bizet - Carmen Suite, L'Arlesienne Suite

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande conducted by Ernest Ansermet

 

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Decca

Recording: April and May 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva (Switzerland), by Roy Wallace

Production: James Walker

Originally released in 1958

Reissued in 2012

 

Tracks :

Side A : Carmen Suite

  1. Prélude, Act 1
  2. Prélude, Act 4 (Aragonaise)
  3. Prélude, Act 3 (Intermezzo)
  4. Prélude, Act 2 (Les Dragons D'Alcala)
  5. Scène Des Contrabandiers, Act 3
  6. Habanera, Act 1
  7. La Garde Montante, Act 1
  8. Danse Bohème, Act 2

Side b : L'Arlesienne Suite

  1. Prélude
  2. Minuetto
  3. Adagietto
  4. Carillon
  5. Menuet
  6. Farandole

 

Reviews:

The 19th-century suites with their collection of favourite songs and instrumental excerpts from operas are the clear forerunners of today’s 'Best-Of' culture. The "Carmen Suite" was assembled after Bizet’s death and brought the operatic masterpiece into the concert hall. The overture is fresh and rousing, the toreador theme marches in proudly and purposefully, followed by the destiny motif in the minor key which burns itself into ones ear and mind. With every bar it becomes obvious that this suite is not so much a series of excerpts but rather the true substance of its creator’s musical ideas.

All that remained of the five-act play "L’Arlésienne" after its unsuccessful premiere was Bizet’s incidental music, which he himself orchestrated lavishly and premiered with success. Similar to "Carmen", popular melodies are treated with the composer’s own unique style to make them ageless, and Ernest Ansermet and his orchestra stages them delightfully for all eternity.

 

Ratings :

Discogs  4,00 / 5

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