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Leonard Bernstein & Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Carmen (1973) [2 SACD Remastered 2014]

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Leonard Bernstein & Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Carmen (1973) [2 SACD Remastered 2014]Artist: Leonard Bernstein & Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Title Of Album: Bizet: Carmen
Year Of Release: 2014 [1973]
Label (Catalog#): Pentatone [PTC 5186 216]
Country: International
Genre: Classical, Opera
Quality: FLAC (tracks,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless [88.2kHz/24bit]
Time: 2:40:10
Full Size: 2.74 gb

Eighteen years after dubbing Dorothy Dandridge’s singing in Carmen Jones, Marilyn Horne assumes the role proper of Carmen in an unforgettable performance. The voice that was so light and delicately seductive in the classic film has matured into the Horne sound more familiar to most opera lovers: a creamy, full-blooded, powerful mezzo that exudes strength and passion. A conventionally “sexy” sound it isn’t, but still it’s glorious, and it perfectly suits her characterization of a wild, laughing gypsy with tremendous zest for life and a red-hot iron will. Her Don Jos?, James McCracken, fairs slightly less well: with his big, thick, ringing, sobbing tenor, he’s the type of verismo-style Jos? deplored by critics who long for old-school French finesse. (Though he manages to sing the high B-flat in the Flower Song pianissimo, he only does so by resorting to falsetto.) But all the same, it’s hard not to be affected by the raw rage and pain of his heart-on-the-sleeve characterization. Tom Krause is a charming Escamillo with a smooth and attractive if sometimes heavy tone, while Adriana Maliponte’s Micaela is decent but nothing special, her spinto voice creamy but not very sweet. The supporting cast ranges from strong (Donald Gramm’s Zuniga, Colette Boky’s Frasquita and Marcia Baldwin’s Mercedes) to mediocre (e.g. Russell Christopher’s hammy, leaden-voiced Danca?re).

TRACKLIST:

1-1 Pr?lude 4:20

Act One
1-2 No. 1 Introduction: "Sur La Place Chacun Passe" 6:01
1-3 No. 2 Marche Et Choeur Des Gamins: "Allez, D?p?chez-vous!... Avec La Garde Montant" 4:32
1-4 "Dites-moi, Brigadier?" 0:45
1-5 No. 3 Choeur Et Sc?ne: "Voici La Cloche Qui Sonne... La Cloche A Sonn?" 6:05
1-6 "Mais Nous Ne Voyons Pas La Carmencita" 1:13
1-7 No. 4 Havanaise: "L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle" 4:51
1-8 No. 5 Sc?ne: "Carmen, Sur Tes Pas Nous Nous Pressons Tous" 2:27
1-9 "Monsieur Le Brigadier?" / No 6 Duo: "Parle-moi de ma m?re!" 9:23
1-10 "Attends Un Peu Maintenant" 0:21
1-11 No. 7 Choeur: "Eh Bien! Qu'est-ce Qui Arrive? ... Au Secours! Au Secours! 3:39
1-12 "Eh Bien, Brigadier?" / No. 8 Chanson Et Melodrame: "Tra La La La..." 3:58
1-13 No. 9 Chanson Et Duo: "Pr?s Des Remparts De Seville" 4:58
1-14 No. 10 Finale: "Le Lieutenant! Prenez Garde! ... L'amour Est Enfant De Boh?me" 2:29
1-15 Entr'acte 1:43

Act Two
1-16 No. 11 Chanson: "Les Tringles Des Sistres Tintaient" 4:50
1-17 "Mon Dieu, Messieurs, Il Commence ? Se Faire Tard" 0:35
1-18 No. 12 Choeur Et Ensemble: "Vivat! Vivat Le Tor?ro!" 1:26
1-19 No. 13 Couplet: "Votre Toast... Je Peux Vous Le Rendre" 5:31
1-20 "Dis-moi Ton Nom" 0:41
1-21 No. 13 Bis Choeur: "Tor?ador, En Garde" 1:06
1-22 "Eh Bien, Les Nouvelles?" 0:30
1-23 No. 14 Quintette: "Nous Avons Et T?te Une Affaire" 4:27
1-24 "Amoureuse... Ce N'est Pas Une Raison, Cela" / No. 15 Chanson: "Halte L?! Qui Va L??" / "Ecoutez, Le Voil?" 3:20

2-1 No. 16 Duo: "Ja Vais Danser En Votre Honneur" 6:03
2-2 "La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jet?e" 4:29
2-3 "Non, Tu Ne M'aimes pas!" 4:28
2-4 No. 17 Finale: "Hol?! Carmen! 5:30
2-5 Entr'acte 2:59

Act Three
First Tableau

2-6 No. 18 Introduction: "Ecoute, Compagnon, ?coute... Notre Metier Est Bon" 4:25
2-7 "Voyons, Carmen... Faisons La Paix" 0:47
2-8 No. 19 Trio: "M?lons! Coupons! 2:54
2-9 "Carreau, Pique... La Mort! ... En Vain, Pour ?viter Les R?sponses Am?res" 3:54
2-10 "Parlez Encore, Parlez, Mes Belles" 0:44
2-11 "Hol?, Les Belles" 0:51
2-12 No. 20 Morceau D'Ensemble: "Quant Au Douanier, C'est Notre Affaire" 3:37
2-13 No. 21 Air: "Je Dis Qui Rien Ne M'?pouvante" 5:22
2-14 "Qui Va L?" / No. 22 Duo: "Je Suis Escamillo" 3:47
2-15 No. 23 Finale: "Hol?, Hol?, Jos?!" 3:15
2-16 "Moi? Je Viens Te Chercher" 5:11
2-17 Entr'acte 2:22

Second Tableau
2-18 No. 24 Choeur: "A Deux Cuartos" 2:16
2-19 No. 25 Choeur Et Sc?ne: "Les Voici! Voici La Quadrille" 4:15
2-20 "Si Tu M'aimes, Carmen" 2:06
2-21 "Carmen, Un Bon Conseil" 1:53
2-22 No. 26 Duo Final: "C'est Toi?" - "C'est Moi!" 9:15

Chorus Master – John Mauceri
Composed By – Georges Bizet
Conductor – Leonard Bernstein
Design – Joost De Boo
Engineer [Balance], Engineer [Recording], Edited By – G?nter Hermans
Liner Notes – Franz Steiger
Orchestra – Metropolitan Opera Orchestra And Children's Chorus
Photography By – Louis Melancon
Producer – Thomas Mowrey
Vocals [Carmen] – Marilyn Horne
Vocals [Danca?re, Lillas Pastia] – Russell Christopher
Vocals [Don Jos?] – James McCracken
Vocals [Escamillo] – Tom Krause
Vocals [Frasquita] – Colette Boky
Vocals [Merc?d?s] – Marcia Baldwin
Vocals [Mica?la] – Adriana Maliponte
Vocals [Moral?s] – Raymond Gibbs
Vocals [Remendado] – Andrea Velis
Vocals [Zuniga] – Donald Gramm

Sung in French. Remastered 2014 in Baarn, The Netherlands, using the original multi-channel master tapes. SACD layer contains both stereo mix and Quadraphonic multichannel mix. Comes in a thick hardcover book with discs slid into paper pouches inside front and rear covers.

The recording was made at New York's Metropolitan Opera House in September 1972. The production opened on 19 September 1972 for six performances. Recording commenced on 22 September 1972 and concluded one week before the final performance.





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