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Bizet: L'Arlesienne; Carmen [Deluxe Edition]

Georges Bizet , Marc Minkowski , Les Musiciens du Louvre Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Composer: Georges Bizet
  • Audio CD (April 29, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0013PS4CM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Carmen: Suite no 1 - Act 1 Prelude 'Les toréadors'
2. Carmen: Suite no 1 - Act 2 Prelude 'Les dragons d'Alcala'
3. Carmen: Suite no 1 - Act 3 Prelude 'Intermezzo'
4. Carmen: Suite no 1 - Act 4 Prelude 'Aragonaise'
5. L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 1st movement, Prélude
6. L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 2nd movement, Menuet
7. L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 3rd movement, Adagietto
8. L'arlésienne: Suite no 1 - 4th movement, Carillon
9. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 1st movement, Pastorale
10. L'arlésienne: no 8, Mélodrame no 1
11. L'arlésienne: no 11, Wordless chorus
12. L'arlésienne: no 12, Mélodrame no 4
13. L'arlésienne: no 13, Mélodrame no 5
14. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 4th movement, Farandole
15. L'arlésienne: no 22, Entr'acte
16. L'arlésienne: no 23, Chorus no 1 'March of the Kings'
17. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 1st movement, Pastorale
18. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 2nd movement, Intermezzo
19. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 3rd movement, Minuet
20. L'arlésienne: Suite no 2 - 4th movement, Farandole

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Gramophone Recording of the Month. Marc Minkowski's partnership with the Naïve label has got off to a rousing start with this magnificent Bizet album. When faced with performances as utterly persuasive as this, it does get one hankering yet again for more first-class Bizet works than we actually have, but grateful that we do at least have these and the few others. The whole album is a real treat. And it arrives in a quite lovely and luxurious booklet. A thing of rare beauty in every sense. -- Gramophone Magazine, June 2008

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Benchmark for Popular Bizet Works September 2, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Bizet: L'Arlesienne; Carmen

What a wonderful recording! As a former orchestra member and the owner of a small recording studio, people ask me to recommend recordings that sound like the listener is sitting in with the symphony. This this their recording. (It sounds like you are sitting . . . probably with the violas I would say.) The musicianship of this ensemble (Les Musiciens du Louve - Grenoble) is exemplary. The recording by engineers Laure Casenave-Pere and Vincent Mons is intimate, yet euphonic, and lets you hear just how exceptional these musicians really are. In light of this album, conductor Marc Minkowski will probably be acknowledged as the greatest living interpreter of Bizet. Packaging the CD in a nice little book is simply the icing on the cake. It's a great addition to the library of the fussiest music critic, audiophile, or any lover of truly great music.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very special recordings of "standard" Bizet works June 21, 2008
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These frequently recorded Bizet works (L'Arlesienne suites and incidental music, and Carmen suite) receive a very refreshing expression in this new recording by Marc Minkowski and his Louvre musicians. French music is unique and is best performed by the French. In these recordings the band captures the feeling of the music like none other that I have heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern reference September 18, 2009
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Stunning. While there are plenty of wonderful recordings of both the Carmen Suite and the two suites derived from the incidental music to L'Arlesienne, Marc Minkowski and the period Musiciens du Louvre deliver a modern reference edition of these masterpieces not only because the level of playing is simply spectacular but also because the program is presented in such a thoroughly logical and fascinating manor.

Bizet only arranged the first of the two L'Arlesienne suites; the second was arranged after the composer's death by his colleague Ernest Guiraud. Minkowski presented both suites, but places some of the instrumental and vocal interludes from Bizet's original incidental music between suite one and two, which allows listeners to hear Bizet's original thoughts and orchestration of this music.

But this is only a small reason why this release is so special. It is rare to find such perfection from a period instrument group, even in this day and age. Rarer still to find such winning ensemble work to be coupled with idiomatic playing that creates a truly French sound, from the pert winds, bright brass, and gutsy strings. Finally, add a conductor who not only knows this music well, but is able to highlight new aspects of this familiar music, all the while staying true to the score.

A winning release, one that I listed to almost exclusively for months, that will certainly please any fans of Bizet or French music generally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Recording November 5, 2009
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This is the best recording of L'Arlesienne I have heard. Recording is up close and all the instruments come thru gorgeously. I agree with the Grammophone review that picked this recording as a recording of the month. Very beautiful booklet also comes with the cd. I highly recommend this purchase.
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