[98] Georges Bizet – Carmen

20 Feb

People just love Carmen – both the character and the Opera.

Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

Conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

I challenge you to try to listen to this “Overture” and not hum along.

There are so many lively and familiar tunes here, so much passion, so much fun.  It’s an enormous, captivating stew of inventive melody and expressive storytelling.

And that’s just the highlights, the stuff everybody already has ingrained into their pop culture psyches.  Continuing to listen closely to the sections which aren’t as immediately recognizable, there is still the constant revelation of creativity and effervescence.

The leading melodies are crisp and punchy, and only enhanced by the wall of sound choral vocals, the orchestral flourishes that keep a listener on the edge of your seat, anticipating the next moment that will bring a smile to your face.

The one knock leveled against this particular recording chosen by Tom Moon is the narrative recitative, added in place of the original straight dialog after Bizet’s death.  But for me it just means that there is more of this rewarding masterpiece to listen to before starting over from that “Overture” yet again.

If you haven’t seen or heard Carmen beyond “Habanera” or “Toreador” in a while, do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in this slice of musical bliss.

Next Week:  Bjork – Homogenic

Owned before blogging? No. (9 of 98 = 9%)
Heard before blogging? Yes. (15 of 98 = 15%)
Recommend? Yes. (80 of 98 = 82%)

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