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Bizet: Carmen / Kleiber, Obraztsova, Domingo, Buchanan [DVD]

Album Summary

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Arthaus presents a sensational filmed document from the musical legacy of Carlos Kleiber: The wonderful staging of Carmen by director Franco Zeffirelli in a live recording from the Vienna State Opera in 1978. The meticulous conductor only ever conducted a highly selected repertoire and among his very few audio and video recordings are only seven complete operas.

"Here it is, the opening night of Carmen, from December 9, 1978, which was telecast in Austria two days later. And indeed, it's quite an event, a Franco Zeffirelli production to end them all, with so many people on stage milling about, dancing, interacting, and running that even Carmen herself occasionally gets lost in Act 2, with an additional cast of horses showing up at strategic, opulent moments... The true value of this set is the elusive Kleiber's leadership. This is a brilliant reading, full of sunlight and very strong rhythms, with quick tempos, no sentimentality, and a string section that slashes away maniacally during the Gypsy Song and third-act knife fight, but caresses Carmen's Habanera and José's Flower Song. The Quintet is taken so fast that you fear for the ensemble, but there's no need: this show has been impeccably rehearsed and it's as clean as possible... it's likely that Placido Domingo has never been better. He looks handsome, the voice is absolutely free and intensely expressive, and he gets a three-minute ovation after the Flower Song. He and Kleiber clearly inspire one-another... This is a remarkable release." -Classics Today

BBC Music Magazine
Star turns from Obraztsova's grand-scale gypsy, Domingo's corporal, Mazurok's bullfighter and Buchanan's fresh-faced village-girl. Kleiber's conducting is outstanding.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 154 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese


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Works Details

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
  • Performers: Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano); Yuri Mazurok (Baritone); Cheryl Kanfoush (Soprano); Axelle Gall (Mezzo Soprano); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Isobel Buchanan (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1875