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Bizet: Carmen Suite, l'Arlésienne Suites / Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Lyon National Opera Chorus

Album Summary

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 1
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra
>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlesienne, suite for orchestra no 2
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"There are many very good recordings of this music, but few truly great ones, and even fewer that make the music sound new. This certainly is one of them, the finest disc of Carmen and L'Arlesienne suites since Markevitch with the Lamoureux Orchestra. Marc Minkowski offers the standard L'Arlesienne suites, plus a selection of the original incidental music shorn of the tiny bits of fragmentary fluff that make hearing the complete score such a frustrating experience.... Perfectly natural sonics present the whole program with tactile immediacy, and the deluxe booklet is magnificent. You're going to love this." -Classics Today (10/10)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Couplings of the Carmen and L'ArlTsienne suites have long been a favourite, and Minkowski's new disc has the best of all worlds in demonstrating a Beechamesque flair (the opening cymbal crash of the Carmen Suite is immediately arresting) and in including three suites from L'ArlTsienne, their content well thought out and lovingly prepared. They consist of the familiar First Suite (as Bizet designed it), the Second, arranged after the composer's death by Ernest Guiraud, including the borrowed Menuet from La jolie fille de Perth, and a third suite of excerpts from the original score. The collection is a delight, not least because of the beautifully elegant orchestral playing.

Minkowski's choice of tempi and crisp pointing of the woodwind are admirable - in the first Entr'acte from Carmen, for instance, and the Minuet which follows. The Farandole too, is given a splendid lift by Minkowski's virtual double-dotting, while the flute solos in both Carmen and L'ArlTsienne all have a delicious delicacy. There is much pleasure too, from the sensitive phrasing and the light and shade of the playing. L'ArlTsienne's famous Adagietto is very affecting at the slower pacing, and it touchingly returns before the final reprise of the exuberant Farandole, heard first with men's voices and then full choir in imitation.

Penguin Guide
The orchestral playing is first-rate in every way, with an especially delicate contribution from the flutes... The Carmen Suite is vivaciously colourful and, throughout, the recording is of demonstration quality.



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>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Suite no 1 - Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors"
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Suite no 1 - Act 2 Prelude "Les dragons d'Alcala"
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Suite no 1 - Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo"
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Suite no 1 - Act 4 Prelude "Aragonaise"
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 1
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra :: Pastorale, e
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra :: Mélodrame. A
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra :: Chour. Acte
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra :: Mélodrame. A
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra :: Mélodrame. A
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra :: Farandole. A
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra :: Entracte. Ac
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, incidental music for voices & orchestra :: Chour. Acte
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1872

>Bizet, Georges : L' Arlésienne, suite for orchestra no 2
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble
  • Running Time: 14 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876