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    Default Good recordings of Bizet's Carmen

    Hi.

    I would like to read your opinions about recordings of Carmen, the complete opera and not just the highlights.
    If you had to recommend one and only one recording of this work, which one would that be ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rewind View Post
    Hi.

    I would like to read your opinions about recordings of Carmen, the complete opera and not just the highlights.
    If you had to recommend one and only one recording of this work, which one would that be ?
    Hi Rewind and welcome to the forum. You'll find suggestions and opinions on Carmen (and much else ) in the Opera on DVD and Blu-ray sub-forum. There's also a thread for opera on CD

    We're going to start a new project on our recommended CDs soon so if you can't find what you're looking for, stick around, & I'm sure the new project will give you some ideas.

    But stick around anyway
    Annie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rewind View Post
    If you had to recommend one and only one recording of this work, which one would that be ?
    No doubt: Karajan's Carmen !

    http://www.amazon.com/Bizet-Carmen-G...0148812&sr=1-1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sebastien Melmoth View Post
    Yes, I would second that one. Baltsa and Carreras are fantastic.
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    But I would argue that his 1963 recording with Price and Corelli is better. Baltsa is fantastic but I can't help but feel that José is too big a role for Carreras and he was always struggling to sing it. The biggest difference though is that Karajan at his prime is far superior than him at the twilight of his career. In any case my choice of best Carmen recording will be either the Solti (superbe performance from the conductor and a terrific cast) or the rather underrated Maazel recording (with a extremely underrated Julia Migenes-Johnson and the best Escamillo of all time with Raimondi).
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    Quote Originally Posted by scytheavatar View Post
    But I would argue that his 1963 recording with Price and Corelli is better.
    Whats the sound quality like on that older recording ? The other Karajan is from 1982 I think and is perhaps a more safe choice ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rewind View Post
    Whats the sound quality like on that older recording ? The other Karajan is from 1982 I think and is perhaps a more safe choice ?
    You'll need to be an extremely picky audiophile to complain about its sound quality. The bigger issue is that almost all of the pre mid 60's recordings (including Karajan's) uses recitatives instead of dialogues, and those recitatives are bloody awful. I think Karajan's earier Carmen is solid but the safer choice should still be Solti's.

    Either way, just make sure you don't get Abbado's version. It's bloody overrated and one of the worst performances from the conductor I have ever heard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scytheavatar View Post
    But I would argue that his 1963 recording with Price and Corelli is better. Baltsa is fantastic but I can't help but feel that José is too big a role for Carreras and he was always struggling to sing it. The biggest difference though is that Karajan at his prime is far superior than him at the twilight of his career. In any case my choice of best Carmen recording will be either the Solti (superbe performance from the conductor and a terrific cast) or the rather underrated Maazel recording (with a extremely underrated Julia Migenes-Johnson and the best Escamillo of all time with Raimondi).
    I'll second that too. The film of this is amazing.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by scytheavatar View Post
    just make sure you don't get Abbado's version. It's bloody overrated and one of the worst performances from the conductor I have ever heard.

    I respect and love Abbado, but must agree with you here: when I got Karajan's Carmen I actually threw out Abbado's.

    I don't know if it's on DVD, but if you want to see a staged Carmen, Elina Garanca's current performances are insanely sexy and stunning.

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    I can see that Karajan or Solti should be the first pick. But is Abbados recording really THAT bad ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rewind View Post
    Is Abbado's recording really THAT bad ?
    No; I just needed the shelf space.

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    I'll order this next week.

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    No one here a fan of Beecham's late 50s recording with de los Angeles/Gedda?

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    my favorites are solti's and plasson's

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    For me, Cluytens 1950


    You can sample it at
    http://public-domain-archive.com/cla...g&album_no=710

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