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    More on the Cluytens recording on my blog this week:
    http://www.talkclassical.com/blogs/i...al-carm-n.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    No one here a fan of Beecham's late 50s recording with de los Angeles/Gedda?
    That's the one I was about to recommend... absolutely fantastic!

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    don't like Carmen, but if i gotta, Beecham.

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    For Recititives: Callas/Pretre. Though recorded late in her career, Callas is the most menacing Carmen I have ever heard. She's just the total b-tch! Additionally, I have never heard a more supurbly conducted Carmen. Pretre's tempos are just perfect from first bar to last, and not one bar goes by without the upmost of feeling and sensitivity.

    With Dialogues: Marilyn Horne with Bernstein. Lenny's tempos are quite erratic at times (IE:I have never heard the opening prelude done at such a measured pace), but in pure Lenny fashion, he makes it all work. His personality is stamped all over this performance. Not for a second is the conductors identity ever in doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by itywltmt View Post
    For me, Cluytens 1950
    This is indeed a very special recording; the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts- there is great synergy and terrifically (and genuinely) idiomatic french singing.

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    troyanos/solti & berganza/abbado

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    for me ... my taste:
    when it comes to SOUND, i prefer KARAJAN (SORIA) for the first. and second SOLTI with TROYANOS. but when it comes to performance, i prefer BEECHAM for the first and second KARAJAN DGG.

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    For me this one to

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    I like the Horne/Bernstein recording.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Kozena/Rattle is pretty good on the Warner label.

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    The 50 + year old recording by Karajan w/ Leontyne Price is excellent! I picked up a used copy for around 6 or 7 dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert7 View Post
    Kozena/Rattle is pretty good on the Warner label.
    Here is the cover for this one. Sorry I didn't post it up earlier.


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    I like the Beecham and Cluytens as well as the Reiner recording:



    Is anyone familiar with the Met live version by Reiner? Thoughts?



    What of Karajan live in Vienna?

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    those not sufficiently prepared. Yes, art is dangerous. Where it is chaste, it is not art.

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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 ?
    The sound quality is amazing - one of Culshaw's best recordings. With cast and HvK at their best it is a combustable experience.

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    I really enjoyed this one... great sound, great cast, great conducting, great filmmaking (on location, not set bound like other video Carmens)

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    http://www.amazon.com/Carmen-Blu-ray.../dp/B0054YIQK8

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