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Carmen - the melodies re-imagined in captivating Oriental colors and the irresistible rhythms of Latin American dance / Ksenija Sidorova, accordion with Nuevo Mundo, Itamar Doari, Reentko Dirks, Michael Abramovich

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Charismatic and genre-crossing accordionist Ksenija Sidorova recently signed an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon contract and makes her debut recording with a stunning new vision of Carmen. Ksenija reimagines the tragic heroine of Bizet's opera with some of the most popular of all classical melodies, presented here in seductively fresh and new arrangements.

Track List:

1. Carmens Walk

2. Seguidillas

3. La Siesta

4. Chanson Boheme

5. Love Song

6. Soir melancolique

7. Sunrise over Seville

8. In the Cards

9. La Fiesta

10. The Other Woman

11. Spanish Pride

12. A la bohemienne

13. Date with Destiny

14. Reflections

15. Daybreak

16. Toreador (Los Toreros)

17. Carmen's Shadow

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blackbird Music Studio, Berlin (08/2015); Floating Earth Studios, London (08/2015); Zorlu Performing Arts 'Center, Istanbul (08/2015); Blackbird Music Studio, Berlin (11/2015); Floating Earth Studios, London (11/2015); Zorlu Performing Arts 'Center, Istanbul (11/2015).

This release by accordionist Ksenija Sidorova is a bit difficult to classify, and therein lies its considerable appeal. It contains tunes from Bizet's Carmen, some of the most familiar tunes in the entire classical repertory. The accordion, an instrument on the fringes of the tradition, cannot help but evoke the strolling musicians of a century ago who might have made a living by playing operatic hits just like these. Yet the album is not a contemporary crossover release, nor one bringing nostalgia for the east European cafes of a century ago. Get past the novelty and you'll find a striking variety of treatments of Bizet's music. Sidorova is accompanied by no fewer than three ensembles: a chamber wind-and-string group called Nuevo Mundo, a trio of piano, guitar, and percussion, and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, candidly touted in the booklet as having "set its sights on becoming an orchestra of the finest calibre" (it may be that they're already there). You might think the musical results would be all over the map, but the mix of slinky accordion, jazz-like percussion, and careful chamber arrangements of Bizet's tunes holds together. Credit may go to musical director and pianist Michael Abramovich, but it accrues as well to Sidorova, who has both the chops and the attitude to pull off a project that's fun and sexy, sure, but also bracing and novel. ~ James Manheim



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>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: 's Walk
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Seguidillas
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La Siesta
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Chanson Bohème
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Love Song
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Soir Mélancolique
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Sunrise Over Seville
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: In the Cards
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La Fiesta
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: The Other Woman
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Spanish Pride
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: A la Bohémienne
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Date with Destiny
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Reflections
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Daybreak
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Toreador (Los Toreros)
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: 's Shadow
  • Performers: Michael Abramovich (Piano); Reentko Dirks (Guitar); Itamar Doari (Percussion); Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)
  • Conductor: Sascha Goetzel
  • Ensemble: Conjunto Nuevo Mundo
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874