Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Francaise - Carmen Highlights

Orchestre National De La Radiodiffusion Francaise - Carmen Highlights

Catalogue Code: 782022

Barcode: 5050457820220

Release Date: 22 Aug 2011

Carmen, a gypsy girl, soprano.............................VICTORIA DE LOS ANGELES Don José, a corporal of Dragoons, tenor......................................NICOLAI GEDDA Micaëla, a village girl, soprano................................................JANINE MICHEAU Escamillo, a bullfighter, baritone..................................................ERNEST BLANC Frasquita, Carmen's friend, soprano.......................................DENISE MONTEIL Mercedes, Carmen's friend, soprano.......................................MONIQUE LINVAL Morales, corporal, baritone..................................................BERNARD PLANTEY Zuniga, lieutenant of Dragoons, bass.........................................XAVIER DEPRAZ ACT I Prelude The orchestral prelude is built on three themes from the opera. First comes the march that in the last act accompanies the procession to the building. Avec la garde montante After a while, we hear in the distance the relief guard approaching. They enter, preceded by two burglars and two fifers; then come Lieutenant Zuniga and Corporal José, then a group of excited urchins who burlesque their movements and sing a chorus in shrill tones. Mais nous ne voyons pas la Carmencita!...La voilà! (Entrance of Carmen)...L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) A crowd of young men have gathered in the square to see the girls from the cigarette factory come out for their morning break; especially they are eager to see the most famous of them all, La Carmencita, the gypsy. At last the girls come out, parading about smoking their little cigars and flirting with the men. Only José is not interested: as a Basque he prefers the fair girls from his native province, and he sits down to make a little chain for his priming pin. Presently Carmen herself appears, a bouquet of Cassia flowers in her corsage and a flower in the corner of her mouth. The men press round her but her eye is upon the one man who is paying no attention to her-Don José. Carmen sings, directly 'at' him, the Habanera which Bizet modelled on a Spanish song by Sebastien Yradier. Près des remparts de Séville...Tais-toi! (Seguidilla and Duet) [Towards the end of the first act Carmen is hauled out of the cigarette factory by Don José and two troopers and brought to the military guardroom nearby to answer a charge of stabbing one of her workmates. Her attitude is defiant and on the order of Zuniga, the guard commander, her wrists have been bound while he goes off to write an order for her detention. Carmen then proceeds to exercise her wit and feminie appeal, of which he has already had a taste earlier in the day, upon Don José. Told to stop talking,] Carmen proceeds to sing of how she proposes to spend the evening at Lillas Pastia's tavern on the outskirts of the town, and how she is looking for a new lover to amuse her over the week-end (Seguidilla). Her invitation is perfectly forthright: "who wishes to love men, I will love him!...I have hardly time to wait for my new lover!" - but she goes on to make it quite clear that it s Jose she has in mind. [Against her fascination he is quite helpless: his resistance soon breaks down before her promises and he loosens her bonds and - as the act ends - allows her to escape.] ACT II Band 5 - Les tringles des sistres tintalent (Gypsy Song) Two months elapse before the second act, which takes place in the courtyard of Lillas Pastia's tavern. Votre toast (Toreador's Song) [The proprietor is about to close for the night when a crowd outside is heard acclaiming the matador Escamillo, who enters with his admirers and is toasted by Zuniga.] La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song) [Carmen has remained behind in the tavern alone. She is expecting José, of whose release from prison she has heard, and when he arrives greets him rapturously. But almost at once the bugles sounding Retreat are heard and Jose's anxiety to get back to barracks arouses her contempt.

1. Act 1: I. Prelude
2. Act 1: II. Avec La Grade Montante
3. Act 1: IIIa. Mais Nous Ne Voyons Pas La Carmencita! La Voila!
4. Act 1: IIIb. Habanera
5. Act 1: IV. Seguidilla & Duet
6. Act 2: I. Les Tringles Des Sistres Tintaient
7. Act 2: II. Toreador's Song
8. Act 2: III. Flower Song
9. Act 3: I. Card Scene
10. Act 3: II. C'est Des Contrebandiers. Je Dis Que Rien Ne M'epouvante
11. Act 4: I. Les Voici!