Thursday, March 29, 2012

Georges Bizet: Complete Thematic Catalogue

"Known for one of the world's most popular operas, Carmen, Georges Bizet deserves attention as well for other works of remarkable melodic charm. Many of his works received cool receptions on their premieres but are now considered central to the repertory of classical music." - AllMusic


Works in this playlist:

Orchestral, piano and vocal works: Symphony in C (the very existence of this brilliant work was not known to the world until 1935, 60 years after Bizet's death), Overture in A, Roma Symphony, Petite suite, Overture Patrie, Vasco de Gama, Agnus Dei, Te Deum and cantata Clovis et Clotilde; L'Arlésienne (complete incidental music and suites); other suites from operas; various songs and piano works, including Variations Chromatiques and Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games).

Operas: Le docteur Miracle, Don Procopio, Ivan IV, Les pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers; both the amended and original versions), La jolie fille de Perth, Djamileh, Carmen (four versions performed with spoken dialogue as originally intended or with recitatives added by other composers; plus three tracks from a 1908 recording sang in German). Arranged in chronological order.

Get this collection in one Spotify playlist:  Georges Bizet: Complete Thematic Catalogue (460 tracks, total time 28 hours).  Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view. In the Naxos Educational playlist you can find an audiobook introduction to Carmen.

A playlist for the greatest French Composer ever will be posted next week.



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