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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet's Carmen

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

LOrchestre Symphonique de Paris


Philippe Gaubert


Elie Cohen



Louis Guenot

baritone

Raymonde Visconti

mezzo-soprano

Andree Bernadet

soprano

Andree Vavon

soprano

Marthe Nespoulous

soprano

Georges Thill

tenor

Robert Roussel

tenor

Teo Mathyl

tenor

Chorus of the Opera-Comique, Paris



Venue:

Opera-Comique, Paris



Record Label
Divine Art Historical

Genre:

Opera in English


Historic

Total Time - 112:07
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Bizet: Carmen

 

GEORGES BIZET

     
 

Carmen

 


Select Complete Single Disc for
1 I Act 1 Prelude 3:21
 
 Elie Cohen
2 II Sur la Place 3:51
 Marthe Nespoulous soprano
 Elie Cohen
3 III Avec la garde montante 3:26
 
 Elie Cohen
4 IV La Cloche a sonne 3:55
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Elie Cohen
5 V L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) 3:40
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Elie Cohen
6 VI Parle-moi de ma mere 7:52
 Marthe Nespoulous soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Elie Cohen
7 VII Que passe-t-il 3:36
 
 Elie Cohen
8 VIII Pres des ramparts de Seville (Seguedilla) 4:01
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Elie Cohen
9 IX Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song) 3:54
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Andree Vavon soprano
 Andree Bernadet soprano
 Elie Cohen
10 X Votre toast (Toreador Song) 4:01
 Louis Guenot baritone
 Elie Cohen
11 XI Noius avons en tete une affaire 3:54
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Andree Vavon soprano
 Andree Bernadet soprano
 Robert Roussel tenor
 Teo Mathyl tenor
 Elie Cohen
12 XII Je vais danser 3:50
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Elie Cohen
13 XIII Le fleur que tu m'avais jetee (Flower Song) 3:44
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Philippe Gaubert
14 XIV Non. Tu ne m'aimes pas 3:38
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Elie Cohen
15 XV Hola Carmen 3:48
 
 Elie Cohen


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1 XVI Entr'acte 3:15
 
 Elie Cohen
2 XVII Ecoute, compagnons 3:52
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Andree Bernadet soprano
 Robert Roussel tenor
 Teo Mathyl tenor
 Andree Vavon soprano
 Elie Cohen
3 XVIII Melons! Coupons! 6:43
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Andree Vavon soprano
 Andree Bernadet soprano
 Elie Cohen
4 XIX Quant au douanier 3:42
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Andree Bernadet soprano
 Robert Roussel tenor
 Teo Mathyl tenor
 Andree Vavon soprano
 Elie Cohen
5 XX Je dis que rien 4:31
 Marthe Nespoulous soprano
 Elie Cohen
6 XXI Je suis Escamillo 3:27
 Louis Guenot baritone
 Georges Thill tenor
 Elie Cohen
7 XXII Hola Jose 3:43
 
 Elie Cohen
8 XXIII Va-t-en! 3:46
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Elie Cohen
9 XXIV Entr'acte 2:00
 
 Elie Cohen
10 XXV A deux cuartos 1:52
 
 Elie Cohen
11 XXVI Les Voici! 3:31
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Andree Vavon soprano
 Andree Bernadet soprano
 Louis Guenot baritone
 Elie Cohen
12 XXVII Si tu m'aimes, Carmen 2:25
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Louis Guenot baritone
 Elie Cohen
13 XXVIII C'est toi 5:08
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Elie Cohen
14 XXIX Viva, La course est belle (Finale) 3:41
 Raymonde Visconti mezzo-soprano
 Georges Thill tenor
 Andree Bernadet soprano
 Louis Guenot baritone
 Andree Vavon soprano
 Elie Cohen


This classic recording of the world’s most popular opera, made in and around 1928, has previously only had very limited exposure on LP or CD. While advertised and labelled as being by the Paris Symphony, the forces are actually those of the Opéra-Comique.  In Georges Thill, playing Don José, we have the greatest French tenor of the century, and overall this is a memorable performance, as ever restored with great skill by Pristine Audio.

“The reasons for buying this set are threefold: Georges Thill, the excellent orchestra and the main conductor, Elie Cohen. Thill is magnificent as ever. Full marks for presentation.”

Tully Potter

Classic Record Collector

“The sound is exceptional… there are no hisses or scratches, just clear singing. [The singers are] all here in fine voice. It’s quite amazing to listen to something recorded nearly 80 years ago and find it as fresh as if it were pressed yesterday”

Judith Monk

Musical Opinion

“...issued by the worthy little company Divine Art…Guénot has an open sound… Nespoulous is a bright-voiced Micaela, neat and accurate. To José, Thill brings stylish vocalising… and is intense in the final scene. Divine Art’s transfer is very clear."

John T. Hughes

International Record Review

"Thill is the most marvelous singer here but there are at least two other perfromances of some stature. The transfers sound very well. We have texts, a plot summary and artist biographies... a most worthwhile addition to the catalogue"

Jonathan Woolf
 

Music Web

“These artists know by nature than the text is as important as the music: all the principals play with the words in a way quite lost . The excellent transfers added to my pleasure in a set I had never encountered before. I recommend it as a second version in any reputable collection of French opera.”

Alan Blyth

Opera Magazine

“This classic recording… truly takes its place amongst the great Carmens of all time. It is hard to find a better version. The aura of Francophile experience permeates every single note… you cannot really go wrong. The orchestral playing truly comes alive in the fine remastering. Divine Art’s new Historic Sound Series is fast becoming one of the major labels in this much sought after genre and this Carmen deserves every success."

Gerald Fenech

Classical Net



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