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Bizet: Carmen - Bernstein

Bizet: Carmen - Bernstein

Universal  48351916

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Opera


Bizet: Carmen

Marilyn Horne, Carmen
James McCracken, Don José
Adriana Maliponte, Micaëla
Tom Krause, Escamillo
Colette Boky, Frasquita
Marcia Baldwin, Mercédès
Russell Christopher, Le Dancaïre
Andrea Velis, Le Remendado
Raymond Gibbs, Moralès
Donald Gramm, Zuninga
Manhattan Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein


Everyone loves a hardback with libretto, especially in a triumphant version of Bizet Carmen in 24-bit sound. When you further add the Bernstein100 Anniversary, and reveal this seminal 1970s recording in as-yet-unheard 4-channel Surround Sound, both a fantastic product AND a remarkable narrative.

This follows DG’s deluxe 5.0 Surround Sound Blu-ray Audio of the Bernstein/ Beethoven Complete Symphonies Cycle, also from the 1970s and never-before released until early this year.

Deutsche Grammophon is proud to continue its Hardback Opera Series and the Bernstein Centenary celebrations with Bernstein’s triumphant recording of Bizet’s Carmen!

• Remastered in 96kHz/24-bit audio from the original quadrophonic tapes
• Presented on 3CDs + High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray disc containing the complete opera in 24-bit audio in 4.0 Surround Sound
• Presented in a 160page deluxe hard-back book (E/D/F) with libretto and synopsis, plus images from the recordings sessions and the live performance at the Metropolitan Opera House, as well as a new introductory text by John Mauceri – who was for many years Bernstein’s assistant, editing his music and conducting many of the premieres of Bernstein’s works at the composer’s request.

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Analogue recording

Newly remastered at Emil Berliner Studios in 24-bit / 192 kHz
Resolutions (3)
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  • 2.0 LPCM 24bit/96kHz
  • 5.1 DTS HD MA 24bit/96kHz
  • Dolby Atmos 24bit/48kHz
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Comment by John Broggio - June 9, 2018 (1 of 3)

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Comment by James Walley - September 20, 2018 (2 of 3)

"...and reveal this seminal 1970s recording in as-yet-unheard 4-channel Surround Sound." As-yet-unheard, unless you have the 2015 Pentatone SACD release of this set, which also contains the quad mix.

Comment by Dissonance - April 30, 2020 (3 of 3)

Guys, another truly interesting addition to this Hardback Opera Sets Series is on its way; Claudio Abbado’s 1977 recording of Bizet’s Carmen with the London Symphony Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon 4838570) with interesting new features on the side of the presentation (from the description text readable on Presto Music):

- Newly remastered at Emil Berliner Studios in 24-bit / 192 kHz
- Blu-ray Audio in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 / 5.1 Surround Sound 24-bit / 192 kHz and Dolby Atmos 24-bit / 48 kHz
- 128-page booklet with liner notes (English / German)

It is very likely the recording was made back then utilizing then anew quadraphonic technology that made it possible to record and mix music in discrete 4-channel audio. Thus, if that was the case, it’s also very likely the re-mastered 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos mixes for Blu-ray Audio Disc were prepared based on the original 4-channel recording.

However, quite an interesting and even controversial choice by DG for its next re-mastering process, indeed. This same hardback opera series already consist of the newly surround re-mastered version of Leonard Bernstein’s 1972 recording Bizet: Carmen - Bernstein and, as this weren’t already enough, the same recording was released on two hybrid multi-channel SA-CDs a couple of years earlier by PENTATONE Bizet: Carmen - Bernstein, remastered in DSD64fs by Polyhymnia International BV.

On the other hand it’s very positive to see DG is now releasing its recordings in Surround, after over a decade of silence ever since the SA-CD productions were ceased. Hopefully DG will release, for instance, Carlos Kleiber’s unrivalled analogue studio recording of Weber’s Der Freischütz (Lukaskirche, 1973) on CD / BD-A 5.1 & Dolby Atmos combination in the future. What a long-awaited blockbuster that truly would be!!

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1xBlu-ray audio & 3xCD