Annotation

cast:
Carmen: Leontyne Price (soprano)
Don José: Franco Corelli (tenor)
Escamillo: Robert Merrill (baritone)
Micaëla: Mirella Freni (soprano)
Frasquita: Monique Linval (soprano)
Mercédès: Geneviève Macaux (mezzo-soprano)
Le Dancaïre: Jean-Christophe Benoît (baritone)
Le Remendado: Maurice Besançon (tenor)
Zuniga: Frank Schooten (bass)
Moralès: Bernard Demigny (baritone)

Wiener Staatsopernchor (chorus master: Wilhelm Pitz)
Wiener Sängerknaben (chorus master: Helmuth Froschauer)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan, conductor

RCA Red Seal 74321 39495 2

Recorded 1963, Sofiensaal, Wien

The credits for Edward Houser and Joe Lopes refer to the 1997 digitally re-mastered reissue, not the original 1963 recording. This is probably also true for the credits for Niels Høirup and Mo Ström, although this is not explicitly stated in the booklet.

All 3 discs have the same catalogue number as the boxed set.

Annotation last modified on 2014-10-21 15:12 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Carmen: Overture
Georges Bizet 3:27
2 Carmen: Acte I. "Sur la place, chacun passe"
Georges Bizet 2:10
3 Carmen: Acte I. "Regardez donc cette petite"
Georges Bizet 4:11
4 Carmen: Acte I. "Avec la garde montante"
Georges Bizet 3:40
5 Carmen: Acte I. "C'est bien là"
Georges Bizet 1:38
6 Carmen: Acte I. Chorus of Cigarette Girls "La cloche à sonné"
Georges Bizet 4:08
7 Carmen: Acte I. "La voilà, la voilà"
Georges Bizet 1:06
8 Carmen: Acte I. Habanera. "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle"
Georges Bizet 4:31
9 Carmen: Acte I. "Carmen! sur tes pas"
Georges Bizet 1:34
10 Carmen: Acte I. "Quels regards! Quelle effronterie!"
Georges Bizet 1:03
11 Carmen: Acte I. "Parle-moi de ma mère!"
Georges Bizet 10:31
12 Carmen: Acte I. "Reste là maintenant, pendant que je lirai"
Georges Bizet 1:46
13 Carmen: Acte I. "Que se passe-t-il donc là-bas?"
Georges Bizet 3:13
14 Carmen: Acte I. "Mon officier, c'était une querelle"
Georges Bizet 0:24
15 Carmen: Acte I. "Tralalalala, coupe-moi, brûle-moi"
Georges Bizet 3:53
16 Carmen: Acte I. Seguidilla. "Près des remparts de Séville"
Georges Bizet 4:49
17 Carmen: Acte I. "Voici l'ordre: partez"
Georges Bizet 2:02
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Carmen: Entr'acte
Georges Bizet 1:36
2 Carmen: Acte II. Gypsy Song. "Les tringles des sistres tintaient"
Georges Bizet 4:33
3 Carmen: Acte II. "Messieurs, Pastia me dit"
Georges Bizet 1:06
4 Carmen: Acte II. "Vivat! Vivat le Toréro!"
Georges Bizet 1:08
5 Carmen: Acte II. Toreador Song. "Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre"
Georges Bizet 5:33
6 Carmen: Acte II. "La belle, un mot"
Georges Bizet 1:43
7 Carmen: Acte II. "Eh bien, vite, quelles nouvelles?"
Georges Bizet 0:19
8 Carmen: Acte II. Quintet. "Nous avons en tête une affaire"
Georges Bizet 4:53
9 Carmen: Acte II. "Mais qui donc attends-tu?"
Georges Bizet 0:32
10 Carmen: Acte II. "Halte là! Qui va là?"
Georges Bizet 1:24
11 Carmen: Acte II. "Enfin c'est toi!"
Georges Bizet 1:30
12 Carmen: Acte II. "Lalalala - Attends un peu, Carmen"
Georges Bizet 4:41
13 Carmen: Acte II. Flower Song. "Le fleur que tu m'avais jetée"
Georges Bizet 4:19
14 Carmen: Acte II. "Non! Tu ne m'aimes pas"
Georges Bizet 4:13
15 Carmen: Acte II. "Holà! Carmen! Holà! Holà!"
Georges Bizet 1:33
16 Carmen: Acte II. "Bel officier, bel officier"
Georges Bizet 3:47
CD 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Carmen: Entr'acte
Georges Bizet 2:28
2 Carmen: Acte III. "Écoute, écoute, compagnon, écoute"
Georges Bizet 4:49
3 Carmen: Acte III. "Reposons-nous une heure ici"
Georges Bizet 2:59
4 Carmen: Acte III. Card Scene "Mêlons! Coupons!"
Georges Bizet 7:51
5 Carmen: Acte III. "Eh bien? - Eh bien"
Georges Bizet 0:41
6 Carmen: Acte III. "Quant au douanier, c'est notre affaire"
Georges Bizet 3:17
7 Carmen: Acte III. "C'est des contrebandiers"
Georges Bizet 1:17
8 Carmen: Acte III. Micaëla's Air "Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante"
Georges Bizet 5:35
9 Carmen: Acte III. "Je ne me trompe pas"
Georges Bizet 0:40
10 Carmen: Acte III. "Je suis Escamillo, Toréro de Grenade!"
Georges Bizet 3:30
11 Carmen: Acte III. "Holà, holà, José!"
Georges Bizet 3:15
12 Carmen: Acte III. "Moi, je viens te chercher!"
Georges Bizet 3:30
13 Carmen: Acte III. "Hélas, José!"
Georges Bizet 2:05
14 Carmen: Entr'acte
Georges Bizet 2:10
15 Carmen: Acte IV. "À deux cuartos!"
Georges Bizet 1:54
16 Carmen: Acte IV. "Les voici! Voici la quadrille!"
Georges Bizet 3:48
17 Carmen: Acte IV. "Si tu m'aimes, Carmen"
Georges Bizet 3:22
18 Carmen: Acte IV. "C'est toi! - C'est moi!"
Georges Bizet 6:45
19 Carmen: Acte IV. "Où vas-tu? - Laisse-moi!"
Georges Bizet 3:48

Credits

CD 1

baritone vocals:
Bernard Demigny (1963) (tracks 2–4)
bass vocals:
Frank Schooten (1963) (tracks 5, 13–15, 17)
choir vocals:
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor (1963) (tracks 2–3, 6–9, 13, 15)
Wiener Sängerknaben (1963) (track 4)
chorus master:
Helmuth Froschauer (1963) (track 4)
Wilhelm Pitz (1963) (tracks 2–3, 6–9, 13, 15)
composer:
Georges Bizet (tracks 1–17)
conductor:
Herbert von Karajan (1963) (tracks 1–17)
librettist:
Ludovic Halévy (tracks 2–17)
Henri Meilhac (tracks 2–17)
orchestra:
Wiener Philharmoniker (1963) (tracks 1–17)
soprano vocals:
Mirella Freni (1963) (tracks 3, 10–12)
Leontyne Price (soprano) (1963) (tracks 7–8, 15–17)
tenor vocals:
Franco Corelli (1963) (tracks 4–5, 10–12, 14–16)
recorded at:
Sofiensaal in Wien, Austria (1963) (tracks 1–17)
arrangements:
Carmen (jazz arrangement of the Habanera from Bizet's Carmen) (track 8)
is based on:
El arreglito (track 8)
is the basis for:
Carmen Suite no. 1: IV. Séguedille (based on Carmen: Act I. Séguedille et Duo « Près des remparts de Séville ») (track 16)
Carmen Suite no. 1: VI. Les Toréadors (theme from Carmen: Prelude to Act I and Carmen: Act IV. « Les voici ! Voici la quadrille ! ») (track 1)
Chains of Love (Disney song based on the melody of the Habanera from Carmen) (track 8)
Señorita (track 8)
later translated versions:
Habanera de Carmen (track 8)
later versions:
part of:
Carmen (tracks 1, 1)
Carmen: Acte I (tracks 2–17)
recording of:
Carmen: Prélude (1963) (track 1)
referred to in medleys:
Hooked on a Song (track 8)

CD 2

baritone vocals:
Jean-Christophe Benoît (1963) (tracks 7–10, 16)
Robert Merrill (American operatic baritone) (1963) (tracks 5–6)
bass vocals:
Frank Schooten (1963) (tracks 3–4, 6, 15–16)
choir vocals:
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor (1963) (tracks 4–5, 16)
chorus master:
Wilhelm Pitz (1963) (tracks 4–5, 16)
composer:
Georges Bizet (tracks 1–12, 14–16)
Georges Bizet (1875) (track 13)
conductor:
Herbert von Karajan (1963) (tracks 1–16)
librettist:
Ludovic Halévy (tracks 2–12, 14–16)
Henri Meilhac (tracks 2–12, 14–16)
Ludovic Halévy (1875) (track 13)
Henri Meilhac (1875) (track 13)
mezzo-soprano vocals:
Geneviève Macaux (1963) (tracks 2–3, 7–8, 10)
orchestra:
Wiener Philharmoniker (1963) (tracks 1–16)
soprano vocals:
Monique Linval (1963) (tracks 2–3, 7–8, 10)
Leontyne Price (soprano) (1963) (tracks 2–3, 6–12, 14–16)
tenor vocals:
Maurice Besançon (1963) (tracks 8–10, 16)
Franco Corelli (1963) (tracks 10–16)
recorded at:
Sofiensaal in Wien, Austria (1963) (tracks 1–16)
is the basis for:
Carmen Suite no. 1: V. Les Dragons d’Alcala (based on Carmen: Entr’acte between Acts I and II) (track 1)
later translated versions:
later versions:
part of:
Carmen: Acte II (tracks 2–16)
Carmen: Acte I (track 1)
recording of:
Carmen: Acte I. Entr’acte (intermission between Acts I & II) (1963) (track 1)
referred to in medleys:
Hooked on a Song (track 5)
Barcelona Games Medley (tracks 5, 13)

CD 3

baritone vocals:
Jean-Christophe Benoît (1963) (tracks 2–3, 5, 11)
Robert Merrill (American operatic baritone) (1963) (tracks 9–11, 13, 17)
choir vocals:
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor (1963) (tracks 2, 6, 11–13, 15–19)
Wiener Sängerknaben (1963) (track 16)
chorus master:
Helmuth Froschauer (1963) (track 16)
Wilhelm Pitz (1963) (tracks 2, 6, 11–13, 15–19)
composer:
Georges Bizet (tracks 1–19)
conductor:
Herbert von Karajan (1963) (tracks 1–19)
librettist:
Ludovic Halévy (tracks 2–13, 15–19)
Henri Meilhac (tracks 2–13, 15–19)
mezzo-soprano vocals:
Geneviève Macaux (1963) (tracks 2, 4, 6, 17)
orchestra:
Wiener Philharmoniker (1963) (tracks 1–19)
soprano vocals:
Mirella Freni (1963) (tracks 7–9, 12–13)
Monique Linval (1963) (tracks 2, 4–6, 17)
Leontyne Price (soprano) (1963) (tracks 2–6, 11–12, 17–19)
tenor vocals:
Maurice Besançon (1963) (tracks 2, 11)
Franco Corelli (1963) (tracks 2–3, 9–13, 18–19)
recorded at:
Sofiensaal in Wien, Austria (1963) (tracks 1–19)
is the basis for:
Carmen Suite no. 1: V. Les Dragons d’Alcala (based on Carmen: Entr’acte between Acts I and II) (tracks 1, 14)
Carmen Suite no. 1: VI. Les Toréadors (theme from Carmen: Prelude to Act I and Carmen: Act IV. « Les voici ! Voici la quadrille ! ») (track 16)
later versions:
part of:
Carmen: Acte III (tracks 2–13)
Carmen: Acte IV (tracks 15–19)
Carmen: Acte I (tracks 1, 14)
recording of:
Carmen: Acte I. Entr’acte (intermission between Acts I & II) (1963) (tracks 1, 14)

Release

art direction: Mo Ström
engineer: Joe Lopes (engineer)
producer: John Culshaw
Edward Houser
Niels Høirup
copyrighted by: BMG Music (not for release label use!) (1997 –)
distributed by: BMG (the former Bertelsmann Music Group, defunct since 2004-08-05 upon the merger that formed Sony BMG Music Entertainment)
phonographic copyright by: BMG Music (not for release label use!) (1964 –)
ASIN: US: B000009W7K [info]