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Bizet: Carmen / Troyanos, Domingo, Te Kanawa; Sir Georg Solti [Highlights]
Georges Bizet, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tatiana Troyanos
Bizet: Carmen / Troyanos, Domingo, Te Kanawa; Sir Georg Solti [Highlights]
Genre: Classical
 
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This collection of highlights may be OK for the Carmen beginner, but even its generous selection will leave listeners hungry. It has most of the "hits," that is, the recognizable numbers, and all of it is well sung, but no...  more »

      
   
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This collection of highlights may be OK for the Carmen beginner, but even its generous selection will leave listeners hungry. It has most of the "hits," that is, the recognizable numbers, and all of it is well sung, but not much else. José van Dam's "Toreador Song" is probably the set's highlight. The role of Escamillo, halfway between baritone and bass and making neither happy, is just right for van Dam's oddly placed voice, and his French is stunning. In 1975, Placido Domingo was at his best: ripe and rich and passionate. Kiri Te Kanawa's Micaela is beautiful in a Muzak sort of way. In the title role, Tatiana Troyanos sings with handsome, buzzing tone, but she seems too premeditated for Carmen. There's a spontaneity lacking that great, tricky Carmens have. Georg Solti is, as usual, fierce in his attacks and exactitude, but he seems to have taken the sex out of the opera. One can do better for a highlights CD with Lorin Maazel leading Domingo and Julia Migenes. --Robert Levine
 

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A smattering of Carmen
chris jenkins | Slums of Madison | 06/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For those not familiar with Bizet's Carmen this is an excellent choice. It covers the major highlights and the more familiar favorites. However it is not perfect. I thought the orchestra performance was a bit uneven but it is hard to fault the solists. It is not Solti's best effort but it better than a lot of other conductor's attempts to condense Carmen. If you want to hear Carmen at its best then I would recommend an album with the complete performance-say Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Grammophon #10088; if you just want a quick introduction or "greats hits" this one is for you."