Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Georges Bizet, Vincenzo Bellezza, Rome Opera Theater Orchestra|
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Chris Leger | NH, USA | 03/22/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This recording was made in 1940's Italy, apparently intended as a movie soundtrack (according to the liner notes.)As such it is rather poorly recorded, with plenty of noise of varying level and intensity, and sounds as if it were recorded through a modern-day cellular phone.Avoid."
A MINORITY VIEW: A CARMEN TO BE TREASURED
Todd L. Kosovich | St James, Minnesota United States | 11/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"OK, everybody else did not like this Carmen. I loved it. What this Carmen has, so-so sound, Italian translation and all, is PASSION. Gigli was nearly 60 when he took this on, and his technique is flawless. He know exactly how to muster his vocal power. The final duet wherein he kills Carmen is thrilling. The often forgotten Gino Bechi is a thrilling Escamillo. Make no mistake, this is NOT a perfect Carmen, but this is gutsy singing and true emotion. This Carmen gets more play in my household than any of the other dozen or so collecting dust on the shelves. Gigli fans must have this in their libraries."
A Warm Performance
Patzie | SF Peninsula, USA | 01/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While definately not Horne, Callas or Bumbry, this is a warm and enchanting take on a sometimes overly familier opera. Between a Veridan Carmen (Stignani) and Puccinian Don Jose (Gigli) not to mention that the whole thing is sung in Italian, we have something here that is probably very very different from what Bizet envisioned, but the sense of pure enjoyment in the performances jumps right out of the speakers. Look other places for a more "correct" performance of this opera; this one is for sheer enjoyment of a great story in song. Decent sound quality."