Carmen

Artist: Georges Bizet
Format: 2CD
Bar-code: 5060294540205
Cat No: M2CD020

£5.99

After the composer’s one-act opera Djamileh (1871), a director of Paris’s Opéra-Comique, Camille du Locle, suggested that Bizet collaborate with two of Paris’s leading librettists: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. Bizet proposed they adapt a novella by Prosper Mérimée, Carmen. Having completed the orchestration by the summer of 1874, he was in no doubt about the quality of what he had written: “They make out that I am obscure, complicated, tedious, more fettered by technical skill than lit by inspiration. Well, this time I have written a work that is full of clarity and vivacity, full of colour and melody.” The original Carmen, Célestine Galli-Marié, instructed him to rewrite the famous Habanera no fewer than 14 times to accommodate her voice. Ironically, this most famous of mezzo-soprano arias was plagiarised by Bizet from El Arreglito, a song by Spanish composer Sebastián Yradier (1809-65). In the next three years, it was produced in almost all the major opera houses of Europe. Its impact was greatest in Italy, for Carmen was the forerunner of the verismo operas typified by Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.

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CD One

Act One

1. Prelude

2. Sur la place chacun passé

3. Avec la garde montante

4. Une jeune fille charmante

5. La cloche a sonné

6. Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita!

7. L’amour est une oiseau rebelle

8. Quels regards! Quelle effronterie!

9. Que se passe-t-il donc la-bas?

10.Mon officier, c’était une querelle

11.Pres des ramparts de Séville

Act Two (Start)

12.Entr’acte

13.Les tringles des sistres tintaient

14.Messieurs, Pastia me dit

15.Votre toast , je peux vous le render

16.La belle, un mot, comment t’appelle-t-on?

17.Eh bien! Vite, quelles nouvelles

18.Mais qui donc attends-tu?

19. Mary’s Little Lamb-James Darren

CD Two

Act Two (Concl.)

1. La-la-la-la

2. La fleur que tu m’avais jetée

3. Non, tu ne m’aimes pas!

4. Hola! Carmen! Hola!

Act Three

5. Entr’acte

6. Ecoute, écoute, compagnon, écoute

7. Reposons-nous une heure ici

8. Melons! Coupons!

9. En vain, pour éviter les responses amères

10.Eh bien?

11.C’est de contrebandiers

12.Je dis, que rien ne m’épouvante

13.Je ne me trompe pas

14.Hola, hola! José

15.Quelqu’un est là qui

Act Four

16.Entr’acte

17.A deux quartos!

18.Les voice!

19.Si tu m’aimes, Carmen

20.C’est toi!… C’est moi!

21. Tu Ne M’aimes donc plus?

22. Ainsi, Le Salut De Mon Ame