Bizet

Bizet
Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the romantic era. Best known for his operas in a career cut short by his early death, Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire.

During a brilliant student career at the Conservatoire de Paris, Bizet won many prizes, including the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1857. He was recognised as an outstanding pianist, though he chose not to capitalise on this skill and rarely performed in public. Returning to Paris after almost three years in Italy, he found that the main Parisian opera theatres preferred the established classical repertoire to the works of newcomers. His keyboard and orchestral compositions were likewise largely ignored; as a result, his career stalled, and he earned his living mainly by arranging and transcribing the music of others. Restless for success, he began many theatrical projects during the 1860s, most of which were abandoned. Neither of his two operas that reached the stage in this time—Les pêcheurs de perles and La jolie fille de Perth—were immediately successful.

After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, during which Bizet served in the National Guard, he had little success with his one-act opera Djamileh, though an orchestral suite derived from his incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne was instantly popular. The production of Bizet's final opera, Carmen, was delayed because of fears that its themes of betrayal and murder would offend audiences. After its premiere on 3 March 1875, Bizet was convinced that the work was a failure; he died of a heart attack three months later, unaware that it would prove a spectacular and enduring success.

Bizet's marriage to Geneviève Halévy was intermittently happy and produced one son. After his death, his work, apart from Carmen, was generally neglected. Manuscripts were given away or lost, and published versions of his works were frequently revised and adapted by other hands. He founded no school and had no obvious disciples or successors. After years of neglect, his works began to be performed more frequently in the 20th century. Later commentators have acclaimed him as a composer of brilliance and originality whose premature death was a significant loss to French musical theatre.
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Bizet

Bizet

Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the romantic era. Best known for his operas in a career cut short by his early death, Bizet achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, which has become one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertoire.

During a brilliant student career at the Conservatoire de Paris,...
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BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8
Shorter works by Bizet, Massenet, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius
Recorded 1943
Total duration: 74:32

Seattle Symphony
conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

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BEETHOVEN Cello Sonatas 1, 4 and 5

BEETHOVEN 7 Variations on “Bei Männern” from Die Zauberflöte
Encores by Bizet, Chopin, Fauré, Pianelli and Pierné
Studio recordings, 1926-48
Total duration: 79:09

Felix Salmond, cello 
Leonid Hambro,
piano
Simeon Rumschisky,
piano

 


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MARTIAL SINGHER  French Operatic Arias

Recorded in 1945
Duration 23:06

Martial Singher, baritone
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Breisach
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    RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2
    VARIOUS
    Symphonic movements and short pieces
    Acoustic studio recordings, 1917-1924
    Total duration: 79:41

    Leopold Stokowski, conductor
    Sergei Rachmaninov,
    piano
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
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    THE MAGIC KEY OF RCA

    Marian Anderson - contralto
    José Iturbi - conductor, solo piano
    The Philadelphia Orchestra
    Charles O'Connell
    - conductor, arranger
    Eugene Ormandy
    - conductor
    Leopold Stokowski
    - conductor, arranger

    Recorded 1937

    Total duration: 59:36

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    BIZET  La Jolie Fille de Perth
    BIZET 
    L'Arlésienne
    BIZET 
    Carmen
    GERSHWIN
    An American in Paris

    Live recordings, 1943 & 1945
    Total duration: 72:34

    Arturo Toscanini, conductor
    NBC Symphony Orchestra

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    MOZART Così fan tutte - Overture
    MOZART Idomeneo - Overture
    BIZET Carmen - Intermezzo, Act 3
    BIZET Carmen - Prelude, Act 4
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 "Pathétique"

    Recorded 1924 and 1925

    Total duration: 59:35

    Berlin State Opera Orchestra
    conducted by Bruno Walter