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