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Bizet: Carmen

Album Summary

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
In this 1966 live recording conductor Lorin Maazel adopts some rather extreme tempi, for instance rather stately in the introduction to the Toreador's song, but elsewhere seeming a bit rushed. As the evening progresses, however, the performance gains considerably in dramatic fervour. . .The mono sound is adequate, the stage noises atmospheric rather than distracting, and at the centre a pair of great singers, Ludwig and King, inhabiting their roles, aided by the dynamic leadership provided by Maazel: a heady dose of nostalgia.


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>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
  • Performers: Murray Dickie (Tenor); Christa Ludwig (Voice); James King (Voice); Erich Kunz (Baritone); Lucia Popp (Voice); Margarita Lilowa (Mezzo Soprano); Eberhard Wächter (Baritone); Oskar Czerwenka (Bass); Jeannette Pilou (Soprano); Reid Bunger (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Running Time: 95 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874
  • Studio/Live: Live