Carmen (Opera Explained CD)

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Carmen (Opera Explained CD)
by Thomson Smillie (Author), David Timson (Narrator)
Series: Opera Explained
Label: Naxos

An introduction to Bizet`s opera, which is suitable for music-lovers as well as the most intellectual listener.

Track Listings

1    Carmen - the master work    00:02:26    Timson, David
2    The duet from The Pearl Fishers    00:01:59    Timson, David
3    Bizet's career showed early promise    00:02:28    Timson, David
4    The Prelude to Carmen    00:01:24    Timson, David
5    The 'fate' or 'destiny' theme    00:03:26    Timson, David
6    The voices of the four main protagonists - Micaëla    00:00:17    Timson, David
7    Carmen    00:00:18    Timson, David
8    Don José    00:00:19    Timson, David
9    Escamillo    00:00:52    Timson, David
10    The sun-baked square in Seville    00:04:02    Timson, David
11    Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle - the Habane    00:03:25    Timson, David
12    Duet - Micaëla and Carmen    00:05:42    Timson, David
13    Près des ramparts de Seville    00:02:44    Timson, David
14    Act II Lillas Pastia's tavern    00:04:40    Timson, David
15    Escamillo: Votre toast    00:01:09    Timson, David
16    Escamillo: Toreador's Song    00:02:18    Timson, David
17    The smugglers' quintet    00:02:50    Timson, David
18    Carmen sings for Don José    00:03:05    Timson, David
19    Don José: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée    00:02:07    Timson, David
20    Act III    00:03:27    Timson, David
21    Mercédès and Frasquita play cards    00:03:00    Timson, David
22    Micaëla: Ja dis que rien ne m'épouvante    00:02:36    Timson, David
23    Act IV    00:01:44    Timson, David
24    March of the Toreadors    00:01:18    Timson, David
25    Escamillo: Si tu m'aimes, Carmen    00:02:27    Timson, David
26    The fate motif    00:05:36    Timson, David


One of the most popular operas of all time, Georges Bizet’s Carmen (1875) tells the story of a beautiful and passionate gypsy whose love affair with an officer ends in tragedy. The score boasts several of opera’s greatest hits, including Carmen’s Habanera and the Toreador Song.

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