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Bizet - Carmen Symphony

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1305 CD
Release date2004-01-28
Total time69:24

Latin Grammy Award.

If great music is music that defies a definitive performance, then Carmen readily qualifies. There is no other opera that can boast as many tunes that are familiar even to people who have never seen it performed. And probably no other opera has been subjected to such numerous arrangements.

As a conductor José Serebrier has never felt that existing transcriptions do justice to the opera score. As a composer he has the necessary insights to successfully transport Carmen from the opera stage to the concert platform. His ‘Carmen Symphony’ presents Bizet’s inspired vision of Spain in wonderful colours. Clearing away the cobwebs of the orchestral tradition makes Serebrier’s Carmen as alive and as provocative as she was when she made her first appearance at the Paris Opera. The disc is completed by the two ‘L’arlésienne’ suites and the whole is performed with an impeccable sense of idiom by the splendid Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. In fact, the combination of conductor, orchestra and music was spicy enough to secure an award as Best Classical Album of the Year at the 5th Annual Latin Grammy Awards Ceremony in 2004.

Some press voices:
"A very attractive package indeed, one that certainly justifies yet another version of this oft-recorded music.

"Le travail de Serebrier est d'une musicalité et d'une intelligence exemplaires… Une superbe référence." Classica-Répertoire May 2004

"It's rare that a recording encourages you to listen more attentively to music you thought you knew backwards." International Record Review June 2004
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 10.11
Extra material for download
  Composer: Bizet, Georges
  L´arlésienne, Suite No.1 16:50
01 I. Prélude 06:13 $ 0.93 USD
02 II. Minuetto 03:12 $ 0.48 USD
03 III. Adagietto 03:08 $ 0.47 USD
04 IV. Carillon 04:17 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Bizet, Georges
  L´arlésienne, Suite No.2 17:57
05 I. Pastorale 06:00 $ 0.90 USD
06 II. Intermezzo 04:20 $ 0.65 USD
07 III. Menuet 04:15 $ 0.64 USD
08 IV. Farandole 03:22 $ 0.51 USD
  Composer: Serebrier, José
  Carmen Symphony 32:38
09 I. Prelude 03:32 $ 0.53 USD
10 II. The Cavalry 03:42 $ 0.56 USD
11 III. Habanera 02:09 $ 0.32 USD
12 IV. Seguidilla 02:07 $ 0.32 USD
13 V. Fugato 02:14 $ 0.34 USD
14 VI. Interlude 1 01:45 $ 0.26 USD
15 VII. Toreador 02:24 $ 0.36 USD
16 VIII. Interlude 2 02:46 $ 0.42 USD
17 IX. Andante cantabile 03:53 $ 0.58 USD
18 X. Interlude 3 02:12 $ 0.33 USD
19 XI. The Wedding 01:22 $ 0.21 USD
20 XII. Gipsy Dance 04:32 $ 0.68 USD
  Album total 69:24
OrchestraBarcelona Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Catalunya [Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya]
ComposerBizet, Georges
Serebrier, José
ConductorSerebrier, José

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