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Bizet: Carmen - Abbado

Bizet: Carmen - Abbado

Universal  4838570

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Classical - Opera


Bizet: Carmen

Teresa Berganza (Carmen)
Plácido Domingo (Don Jose)
Sherrill Milnes (Escamillo)
Ileana Cotrubas (Micaela)
Yvonne Kenny (Frasquita)
Alicia Nafé (Mercédès)
Robert Lloyd (Zuniga)
Stuart Harling (Moralès)
The Ambrosian Singers
London Symphony Orchestra
Claudio Abbado, conductor


Abbado’s years with the London Symphony Orchestra resulted in three celebrated sets with the Spanish mezzo Teresa Berganza in central roles – and few could be more “central” than Bizet’s Carmen. Made in 1977, the recording followed staged performances directed by Piero Fagioni at the Edinburgh Festival. Berganza had studied the Carmen story, immersed herself in the opera’s background and delivered a characterization that emphasized the gipsy’s nobility, while Abbado’s conducting was both dramatic and vividly coloured.

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  • 2.0 LPCM 24bit/192kHz
  • 5.1 DTS HD MA 24bit/192kHz
  • Dolby Atmos 24bit/48kHz
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Comment by john hunter - May 11, 2020 (1 of 2)

Does one really want a"noble"Carmen?

Comment by Dissonance - May 12, 2020 (2 of 2)

Frankly speaking Universal has a really strange way to proceed with its reissues. We don't need this one, another Carmen in 5.1 & Dolby Atmos...

Scheduled to be released on 12th June 2020, Universal (Deutsche Grammophon) will re-release Carlos Kleiber's fast-paced 1973 studio recording of Weber's Der Freischutz on Blu-ray Audio, re-mastered at Emil Berliner Studios in 24-bit / 192 kHz: https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Weber-Der-Freischutz-Blu-ray/269007/.

This could have been a very positive addition to its Hardback Opera Series but due to the lack of Surround Sound (presumably might have been 4.0 or 5.1 + an alternative Dolby Atmos) I'm not excited on this one. According to Presto Music (https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8786447--weber-der-freischutz) the BD-A disc consist of only DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (24-bit / 192 kHz). What a huge disappointment, I have waited for this moment for a long time. Personally I'm not going to purchase this one for only to get a bit better audio quality...

However, having listened to the CD countless of times the recording seemed to be produced in a way it was captured using a 4-channel or even 8-channel master tape recording equipment back then; all of those distant sounds coming from the tavern during dialogue and especially the sound effects during the Wolf Glen scene. In addition the stereo mix seemed to be far too wide to be recorded only in that way.