Bizet Carmen Highlight

Leonard Bernstein, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Carmen (1991)

Leonard Bernstein, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Carmen (1991)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:39:30 | 727 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 427 440-2

This is a problem recording, and even fans of Leonard Bernstein and Marilyn Horne will find it odd. The Maestro's tempi are weirdly slow, Horne sings the role note-by-note rather than phrase-by-phrase, and when she finally does decide to emote, in the final scene, she sounds like she's gone loony. James McCracken was an artist with a huge but unappealing voice who also had brains and power, but he's no delight for the ear.
Leonard Bernstein - Bizet: Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2 - Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (2017) [24/192]

Leonard Bernstein - Bizet: Carmen Suites Nos. 1 & 2 - Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 62:40 minutes | 2.25 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

On the eve of his centenary in 2018, Sony Classical releases the most important collection, Leonard Bernstein’s classic American Columbia recordings, remastered from their original 2- and multi-track analogue tapes. This has allowed for the creation of a natural balance (for example, between the orchestra and solo instruments) that brings the quality of these half-century-old recordings, excellent for their time, up to the standards of today’s audiophiles. In addition, there has been a meticulous restoration of some earlier masterings in which LP surface noise was too rigorously eliminated at the expense of the original brilliance.
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya & Pablo González - Bizet: Carmen & L'arlésienne Suites (2017)

Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya & Pablo González - Bizet: Carmen & L'arlésienne Suites
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 69:16 min | 246 MB
Label: Naxos | Tracks: 20 | Rls.date: 2017

Despite the scandal it created when first staged in 1875, Carmen has subsequently become one of the worlds most popular operas. The love affair at its heart shocked contemporary audiences but the music is imperishably vibrant and exciting so much so that, after the composers death, his friend Ernest Guiraud arranged two suites from the opera. Here the Toreadors Song and the graphically sensuous Seguidilla and Habanera dances are heard in all their orchestral glory.
Francesco Rosi, Lorin Maazel, Orchestre National de France, Julia Migenes-Johnson - Bizet: Carmen (2011/1984) [Blu-Ray]

Francesco Rosi, Lorin Maazel, Orchestre National de France, Julia Migenes-Johnson, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi - Bizet: Carmen (2011/1984) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25095 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 155 min | 41,8 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1770 kbps / 16-bit | Audio3: Dolby Digital Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 4977 kbps / 29,97 fps | 155 min | 6,93 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Gaumont / Second Sight | Sub: English

This movie version of Bizet's popular opera Carmen was filmed on location, conveying a kind of atmosphere, a sense of space, movement, and presence that's hard to achieve in a staged performance. It takes the action out of doors for many scenes, with the opening titles superimposed on the bloody conclusion of a bullfight. Elsewhere the changing of the guard, the crowd scenes, the dance number that opens Act 2, and the panoramic scenery of the smugglers' mountain hideout all benefit from the freedom granted by movie cameras.
Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Carmen (2010) [Blu-Ray]

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra - Bizet: Carmen (2010) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 167 min | 43,8 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 167 min | 9,03 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: French, English, German, Spanish, Chinese

As well as triumphant successes as Carmen in London, Vienna and Munich, Elīna Garanča, “the Carmen of our day” (News, Austria), took New York’s Metropolitan Opera by storm in this ‘Met Live in HD’ performance, transmitted to cinemas around the world and now available for the first time on BluRay. Starring alongside her is star tenor Roberto Alagna as Don José, Barbara Frittoli as his first love Micaëla and New Zealand baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the toreador Escamillo. The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra is conducted by rising star Canadian maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Carlos Kleiber, Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper, Elena Obraztsova, Placido Domingo - Bizet: Carmen (2015/1978) [Blu-Ray]

Carlos Kleiber, Orchestra and Chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper, Elena Obraztsova, Plácido Domingo - Bizet: Carmen (2015/1978) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 12013 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 153 min | 15,6 Gb
Audio: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 153 min | 8,37 Gb
Audio: French / PCM / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese

The Vienna Carmen from 1978 is a sensational filmed document from the musical legacy of Carlos Kleiber: the meticulous conductor only ever conducted a highly selected repertoire, and among his very few audio and video recordings are only seven complete operas.
Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann - Bizet: Carmen (2008)[BluRay]

Antonio Pappano, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Jonas Kaufmann - Bizet: Carmen (2008) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 24993 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 152 min | 34,5 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2559 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 152 min | 8,23 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

With Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann bringing rare erotic intensity to the drama of Carmen and Don Jose, this Royal Opera production is a darkly passionate reading of one of the world's favourite operas. Under the baton of Music Director Antonio Pappano, Bizet's irresistible score drives the tragedy forward - powering a landmark staging of a musical masterpiece.
Marc Piollet, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, B. Uria-Monzon, R. Alagna - Bizet: Carmen (2011) [Blu-Ray]

Marc Piollet, Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Roberto Alagna - Bizet: Carmen (2011) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23931 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 156 min | 36,7 Gb
Audio1: French / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD MA / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4109 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 156 min | 8,41 Gb
Audio: French / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | C MAJOR | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Catalan, Korean, Chinese

Musically, the production is excellent. Béatrice Uria-Monzon is a smart…Roberto Alagna is in excellent voice, too, offering honeyed tones that never disguise his passion or his potential for violence…Erwin Schrott is an impressively self-confident Escamillo…The other roles are well handled-and Marc Piollet and the orchestra provide a high-contrast palette, with plenty of detail and vitality. Sound is first-rate, as is clarity of the picture; and the patient and luxurious camerawork avoids the hyperactivity that mars so many opera videos these days. All in all, then, a very good Carmen… (Fanfare)
Michel Plasson, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu - Bizet: Carmen (2003) 3CD

Michel Plasson, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu - Bizet: Carmen (2003) 3CD
Mp3 CBR320 kbps | 157:30 min | 376 Mb (5% Rec.)
Classical | Label: EMI Classics Records

The subject of whether we need another recording of this just-about-the world's-most-popular opera, which already boasts a half-dozen very fine ones available, is beside the point. Fans of opera's most volatile and fascinating couple, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, will both want and need this set. It's handsomely conducted by Frenchman Michel Plasson; most of the supporting cast, chorus, and orchestra are French, and this gives the work the true Gallic flavor many other performances are missing.
John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Andrew Richards - Bizet: Carmen (2010)

John Eliot Gardiner, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Andrew Richards - Bizet: Carmen (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Francais (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 6.39 Gb+5.23 Gb (2xDVD9) | 170 min
Classical | Fra musica | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano

Behind the near-mythical figure of the emancipated woman, the dazzling spectacle of the group tableau and vibrant seduction of the Spain of dreams, all its authenticity and brilliance have been restored to the world's most performed opera in the opera house where it was first performed in 1875. A veritable back to the origins for the masterpiece by Georges Bizet, who died at the age of thirty six, only a few weeks after finishing his controversial work, the tremendous success of which he was ever to know. By presenting it here in a brand-new version with instruments of the period, in an endeavour to rekindle the original musical and theatrical flame, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Adrian Noble have reconstructed the unusual movement of the chorus and difficult dialogue between characters as a human, carnal tragedy.