Bizet Carmen & L'Arlesienne 180g LP
180 Gram Virgin Vinyl! High Quality Pressing!
The 19th century suites with their collection of favorite songs and
instrumental excerpts from operas are the clear forerunners of today's "Best Of"
culture. The Carmen Suite was assembled after Bizet's death and brought the
operatic masterpiece into the concert hall. The overture is fresh and rousing,
the toreador theme marches in proudly and purposefully, followed by the destiny
motif in the minor key which burns itself into ones ear and mind. With every bar
it becomes obvious that this suite is not so much a series of excerpts but
rather the true substance of its creator's musical ideas.
All that remained of the five-act play L'Arlesienne after its unsuccessful
premiere was Bizet's incidental music, which he himself orchestrated lavishly
and premiered with success. Similar to Carmen, popular melodies are treated with
the composer's own unique style to make them ageless, and Ernest Ansermet and
his orchestra stages them delightfully for all eternity.
Ernest Ansermet is the most famous of Switzerland's conductors. For some years Professor of Mathematics at Lausanne University, he left this post to devote himself to music, studying composition under Ernest Bloch. He eventually concentrated on conducting and from 1915 - when he was already a personal friend of Stravinsky - was intermittently engaged with the Diaghilev Ballet.
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Orchestra de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet, conductor
Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
1. Prelude, Act 1
2. Prelude, Act 4 (Aragonaise)
3. Prelude, Act 3 (Intermezzo)
4. Prelude, Act 2 (Les Dragons d'Alcala)
5. Scene des Contrebandiers, Act 3
6. Habenera, Act 1
7. La Garde Montante, Act 1
8. Danse Boheme, Act 2