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Disc: 1
1. Carmen; Prelude
2. Carmen; Act I: Sur la place, chacun passe
3. Carmen; Avec la garde montante
4. Carmen; C'est bien là, n'est-ce pas
5. Carmen; La cloche a sonné - Dans l'air nous suivons des yeux
6. Carmen; Quand je vous aimerai? . . . L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
7. Carmen; Carmen! Sur tes pas nous nous pressons tous!
8. Carmen; Quels regards! Quelle effronterie!
9. Carmen; Parle-moi de ma mère!
10. Carmen; Qui sait de quel démon j'allais être la proie!
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Disc: 2
1. Carmen; Au quartier! Pour l'appel!
2. Carmen; La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
3. Carmen; Non! tu ne m'aimes pas!
4. Carmen; Holà! Carmen! Holà! Holà!
5. Carmen; Act III: Entr'acte
6. Carmen; Écoute, écoute, compagnon, écoute!
7. Carmen; Reposon-nous une heure ici
8. Carmen; Mêlons! Mêlons! Coupons! Coupons! (Card Trio)
9. Carmen; Eh bien? - Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire!
10. Carmen; C'est des contrebandiers . . . Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante
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Product Details

  • Performer: The Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Rise Stevens, Richard Tucker, Nadine Conner, Paolo Silveri
  • Orchestra: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Fritz Reiner
  • Composer: Georges Bizet
  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B005KWAWJW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,128 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By BenHarwood on December 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Carmen is a wonderful score, one of the finest in all opera. But it is deceptively simple/difficult and, above all, can be a voice killer in the two lead roles. I know this opera well, endlesssly playing the Stevens recordings, including the Columbia disk of excerpts. I wore out the first Stevens/Reiner Album so had to buy a second one. I also saw the Tyrone Guthrie staging starring Stevens several times at the Met. In the mid-50's, I also was in a production of Carmen (appearing as Dancairo, one of the smugglers) with a local opera company. Over the years, I have seen other productions, including the latest one at the Met last year.
I loved the broadcast performance. It was from 1952, the year of the new staging done specially for Stevens, a Carmen at the Met since the mid-40's--previewed in a way by her appearance in the Bing Crosby film "Going My Way"--in which she sang the Habanera from Act I. And Stevens does not hold back in the broadcast. She sings quite wonderfully and expressively but is fearsome in her use of chest voice to make dramatic points. There is absolutely no question about her fierce dedication to the role and her willingness to apply of all her considerable gifts in the service of Bizet's masterpiece. Tucker and Conner are first rate, and it fun to hear Amara in a comprimario role. The rest of the cast are part of the able stable of Met supporting performers. But Stevens is such a magnetic performer, pulling out all the vocal stops, there is no question that this is her show. So enjoy what she does, but be aware that her vocal generosity had its price. Even so, she continued performing the role for about 10 years, and Carmen was the role of her farewell to the Met stage in 1961. (Stevens gave 124 performances of Carmen at the Met, including 10 broadcasts.)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Classic Music Lover on March 5, 2012
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This 1952 live recording of "Carmen" was made just a few weeks following the opening of the famed Sir Tyrone Guthrie production at the Met Opera. I find it one of the most satisfying Carmen performances on CD -- even better than the RCA Victor commercial release made with (most of) the same singing cast and conductor Fritz Reiner -- a highly successful recording that's never been out of the catalogue in the 60 years since it was made.

There's a palpable electricity about this live recording that's incredibly effective, with Rise Stevens and Richard Tucker leading the charge. You really feel like you're right there at the Met, sharing in all the excitement. Stevens and Tucker are well-nigh perfect in their respective roles as Carmen and Don Jose, making it all seem brilliant and effortless. I don't think I've ever heard the Seguidilla in Act I or Jose's offstage song done better.

Reiner conducts the proceedings with just the right balance of precision and languor. He makes the Met Orchestra sound much better than it actually was "back in the day." As for the recorded sound, it's clear and bright, but with some lack of bass response. Actually, the sound is not bad at all considering it's a 60 year-old live performance.

This series collaboration between the Met and Sony is bringing us a trove of great historical material. Clearly, Rise Stevens, now 98 years old, was earmarked for several key releases (this 1952 "Carmen", a 1945 "Mignon" plus a 1955 "Tales of Hoffmann"), proving that she's still a major draw with opera lovers who have never forgotten her vibrant, individualized interpretations of French opera roles. Perhaps a Stevens "Samson et Dalila" release is in the works as well ...
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Col William Russell (ret) on November 19, 2011
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This 1952 broadcast features singers who are far and away better and have more individuality than today's mediocre sound-alikes. Maybe it's not subtle but this is CARMEN, not PELLEAS, and it benefits from singers who aren't afraid to chew the scenery (especially in the last scene).

I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because of Sony's fraudulent claim of "first release on CD" label. As usual, nobody at Sony even bothered doing minimal research. Had they done so, they'd have found it indeed HAS been released on CD. Sony's sound is no improvement nor does Sony include any extras such as Milton Cross or an intermission feature.

By the way, if readers want to see about other Met releases on other labels, look at Frank Hamilton's inestimable website of Met broadcasts on pirate CDs [...].
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ann M Askew on December 27, 2012
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I have another recording by Rise Stevens as Carmen, but this performance proves that she was one of the greatest of all Carmens. You'll love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shlomo S. Hoffert on April 23, 2012
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This is an outstanding performance of Carmen. Stevens and Tucker are both in excellent voice. Their interpretation is exciting and they bring out the drama of the story in a way seldom heard in opera houses today. Even after more than 50years this performance must be reckoned with by anyone who wishes to acquire a recording of this wonderful opera.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JOSEPH F KENT III on December 29, 2013
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I am listening to this as I write the review. The voices are fantastic and the remastering of the old tapes produced good sound. Richard Tucker is great in this role as Don Jose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Lara on February 28, 2014
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Good recording but since it is live you can hear the audience. All performers performed well. Carmen is one of my favorite operas.
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