Bizet : Carmen and L'Arlésienne Suites
André Cluytens conducting the Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
EMI Capitol ASD 2566
Testament Records : LP 180 gram
Brand New and Sealed Record
Contents & Details
Georges Bizet (1838-1875) :
L'Arlésienne Suites 1 & 2
The Carmen Suite was assembled after Georges Bizet's death and brought the operatic masterpiece into the concert hall. The overture is fresh and rousing, the toreador theme marches in proudly and purposefully, followed by the destiny motif in the minor key which burns itself into ones ear and mind. With every bar it becomes obvious that this suite is not so much a series of excerpts but rather the true substance of its creator's musical ideas.
All that remained of the five-act play L'Arlésienne after its unsuccessful premiere was Bizet's incidental music, which he himself orchestrated lavishly and premiered with success. Similar to Carmen, popular melodies are treated with the composer's own unique style to make them ageless.
The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.
This Testament Records LP, revived from the EMI-Columbia catalogue, was remastered at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London, using pure analogue components only, from the original studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed at Pallas.