Georges Bizet
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1838-10-25
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Equipped with one of the quickest brains in musical France, Bizet took most of his 36 years to link it up with an equally exceptional artistic vision and imaginative power. His Variations chromatiques (1868) for piano is a virtuoso exploration ...

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Equipped with one of the quickest brains in musical France, Bizet took most of his 36 years to link it up with an equally exceptional artistic vision and imaginative power. His Variations chromatiques (1868) for piano is a virtuoso exploration of quick-changing harmonies that is almost as strenuous to listen to as to play. The humane qualities showed fitfully in his prolific early output of operas, as he found his way through a maze of French and Italian influences. Almost as soon as his own creative voice had fully developed, he died, on the 33rd night of the premiere run of Carmen.

While Bizet was studying in Paris, he absorbed a varied range of music and could apparently emulate it all. At 17 he was entrusted by Gounod with making keyboard versions of the senior composer’s two symphonies, and immediately composed one of his own in very similar style but with extra sparkle and energy. At 19 his first opera, Le docteur Miracle (1857), offered a mix of bel canto imitation and fresh ideas. After time out in Italy, as a result of winning the Prix de Rome, he wrote Les pêcheurs de perles (‘The Pearl Fishers’, 1863) at 25. It showed he now knew his French opera composers and could do it their way, with a flair for melody and theatrical effectiveness, and it still holds a place in the repertory.

More eclectic works, La jolie fille de Perth (freely adapted from Walter Scott, 1866) and Djamileh (1871), followed without causing a major stir; his leisurely orchestral suite Souvenirs de Rome, later called simply Roma (1860–68), went down better; and then around 1872 everything came into focus. His incidental music for a production of Daudet’s play L’Arlésienne had a concise simplicity of form, sharpness of character and beauty of expression that would make it a staple concert item. A Petite suite for orchestra, scored from his set of piano duets Jeux d’enfants (1871), made a similar impact. In the same year, 1873, he started work on Carmen.

The opera became a success a few months too late for Bizet to know. The Paris performances suffered from haste and last-minute changes, and it was Vienna, later in 1875, that first responded to Carmen as it deserved. For Bizet’s newly clarified and luminous musical language had proved its viability at full stretch. Presented with the archetypal character of a free and personally powerful woman, adapted from Prosper Mérimée’s novel, and the tragedy of her encounter with two contrasted but equally archetypal male mixtures of maximum testosterone and minimum sensitivity, Bizet responded with music of astonishing immediacy and expressive force and bold dramatic timing. The quality and the emotional aptness of its melodies have made Carmen a popular favourite with audiences – as much as connoisseurs – ever since.

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Georges Bizet & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Jordan (conductor)
Carmen: Prelude
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Carmen: Prelude Carmen: Prelude Carmen: Prelude Carmen: Prelude

Carmen: Prelude

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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Jordan (conductor)
George Main, Robert Lloyd, Gordon Sandison, Geoffrey Pogson, Sherrill Milnes, Georges Bizet, Yvonne Kenny, Alicia Nafé, Teresa Berganza, The Ambrosian Singers, London Symphony Orchestra & Claudio Abbado
Carmen: 'Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre'; 'Toreador, en garde'
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Carmen: 'Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre'; 'Toreador, en garde' Carmen: 'Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre'; 'Toreador, en garde' Carmen: 'Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre'; 'Toreador, en garde' Carmen: 'Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre'; 'Toreador, en garde'
Georges Bizet, Berliner Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle
Carmen - Prelude
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Carmen - Prelude Carmen - Prelude Carmen - Prelude Carmen - Prelude
Georges Bizet, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra & Jean-Luc Tingaud
Petite Suite (from Jeux d’enfants)
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Petite Suite (from Jeux d’enfants) Petite Suite (from Jeux d’enfants) Petite Suite (from Jeux d’enfants) Petite Suite (from Jeux d’enfants)
Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Georges Bizet & Othmar Mága
Symphony in C major
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Symphony in C major Symphony in C major Symphony in C major Symphony in C major
Georges Bizet, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal & Charles Dutoit
Carmen Suite No. 1
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Carmen Suite No. 1 Carmen Suite No. 1 Carmen Suite No. 1 Carmen Suite No. 1
Georges Bizet, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra & Jean-Luc Tingaud
Roma Symphony: 2nd mvt: Allegretto vivace
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Roma Symphony: 2nd mvt: Allegretto vivace Roma Symphony: 2nd mvt: Allegretto vivace Roma Symphony: 2nd mvt: Allegretto vivace Roma Symphony: 2nd mvt: Allegretto vivace
Georges Bizet, Danielle de Niese & Nancy Cooley
Chanson d'Avril
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Chanson d'Avril Chanson d'Avril Chanson d'Avril Chanson d'Avril
Georges Bizet, John Ogdon & Brenda Lucas
Jeux d'enfants (Op.22), no.2; La Toupie (Impromptu)
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Jeux d'enfants (Op.22), no.2; La Toupie (Impromptu) Jeux d'enfants (Op.22), no.2; La Toupie (Impromptu) Jeux d'enfants (Op.22), no.2; La Toupie (Impromptu) Jeux d'enfants (Op.22), no.2; La Toupie (Impromptu)
Georges Bizet, Orchestre National de France & 小澤征爾
L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon
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L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon
Bamberger Symphoniker, Georges Bizet & Georges Prêtre
Symphony in C major: Adagio
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Symphony in C major: Adagio Symphony in C major: Adagio Symphony in C major: Adagio Symphony in C major: Adagio
Georges Bizet, Orchestre National de France & Seiji Ozawa
Carmen - suite no. 1, no.5; Les Toreadors (Introduction to Act 1)
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Carmen - suite no. 1, no.5; Les Toreadors (Introduction to Act 1) Carmen - suite no. 1, no.5; Les Toreadors (Introduction to Act 1) Carmen - suite no. 1, no.5; Les Toreadors (Introduction to Act 1) Carmen - suite no. 1, no.5; Les Toreadors (Introduction to Act 1)
Georges Bizet & Matthew Barley
Romance from the Pearl Fishers
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Romance from the Pearl Fishers Romance from the Pearl Fishers Romance from the Pearl Fishers Romance from the Pearl Fishers
Georges Bizet, Claudio Abbado & London Symphony Orchestra
L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2
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L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2 L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2
Georges Bizet, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles & Marc Minkowski
L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon
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L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon

L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon

Orchestra
Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles
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Georges Bizet, Plácido Domingo, Julia Migenes, Orchestre National de France & Lorin Maazel
Carmen: Act I (excerpt)
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Carmen: Act I (excerpt) Carmen: Act I (excerpt) Carmen: Act I (excerpt) Carmen: Act I (excerpt)
Ulster Orchestra, Yan Pascal Tortelier & Georges Bizet
Farandole (from L'Arlessiene Suite No.2)
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Farandole (from L'Arlessiene Suite No.2) Farandole (from L'Arlessiene Suite No.2) Farandole (from L'Arlessiene Suite No.2) Farandole (from L'Arlessiene Suite No.2)
Georges Bizet, Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic
Symphony No. 1 in C
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Symphony No. 1 in C Symphony No. 1 in C Symphony No. 1 in C Symphony No. 1 in C
Georges Bizet, Wiener Philharmoniker & Vienna Philharmonic Chorus
Carmen - Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)
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Carmen - Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle) Carmen - Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle) Carmen - Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle) Carmen - Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)
Georges Bizet & Isabel Beyer and Harvey Dagul
Jeux D'Enfants
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Jeux D'Enfants Jeux D'Enfants Jeux D'Enfants Jeux D'Enfants
Younghoon Lee, Georges Bizet, Ailyn Perez, Louis Langrée, Gábor Bretz & Elīna Garanča
Opera on 3 Carmen Act 4
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Opera on 3 Carmen Act 4 Opera on 3 Carmen Act 4 Opera on 3 Carmen Act 4 Opera on 3 Carmen Act 4
Georges Bizet & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Symphony in C major
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Symphony in C major Symphony in C major Symphony in C major Symphony in C major
Georges Bizet, Bernard Haitink & Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Jeux d'enfants Op. 32
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Jeux d'enfants Op. 32 Jeux d'enfants Op. 32 Jeux d'enfants Op. 32 Jeux d'enfants Op. 32
Georges Bizet & Orchestre National de France
Carmen - Act 2; Entr'acte
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Carmen - Act 2; Entr'acte Carmen - Act 2; Entr'acte Carmen - Act 2; Entr'acte Carmen - Act 2; Entr'acte
Georges Bizet, The Philadelphia Orchestra & Eugene Ormandy
Carmen Suite No.2: Danse boheme
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Carmen Suite No.2: Danse boheme Carmen Suite No.2: Danse boheme Carmen Suite No.2: Danse boheme Carmen Suite No.2: Danse boheme
Georges Bizet & GMTen Brass Ensemble (from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
Danse boheme from Carmen
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Danse boheme from Carmen Danse boheme from Carmen Danse boheme from Carmen Danse boheme from Carmen

Danse boheme from Carmen

Ensemble
GMTen Brass Ensemble (from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)
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Wilheminia Fernandez / Sharon Benson, Oscar Hammerstein II, Clive Rowe, Georges Bizet, Wendy Brown, Danny John-Jules & Carolyn Sebron
Whizzin away along the track (from Carmen Jones)
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Whizzin away along the track (from Carmen Jones) Whizzin away along the track (from Carmen Jones) Whizzin away along the track (from Carmen Jones) Whizzin away along the track (from Carmen Jones)

Whizzin away along the track (from Carmen Jones)

Performer
Wilheminia Fernandez / Sharon Benson
Clive Rowe
Wendy Brown
Danny John-Jules
Carolyn Sebron
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Georges Bizet, Vladimir Horowitz & Vladimir Horowitz
Variations on themes from Carmen
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Variations on themes from Carmen Variations on themes from Carmen Variations on themes from Carmen Variations on themes from Carmen
Georges Bizet, Robert Merrill & Jussi Björling
Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers)
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Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers) Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers) Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers) Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers)
Georges Bizet, Wiener Philharmoniker, Leontyne Price, Mirella Freni, Herbert von Karajan & Robert Merrill
Carmen - Toreador's Song
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Carmen - Toreador's Song Carmen - Toreador's Song Carmen - Toreador's Song Carmen - Toreador's Song
Georges Bizet, Josep Pons & BBC Symphony Orchestra
L' Arlesienne - suite No. 1
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L' Arlesienne - suite No. 1 L' Arlesienne - suite No. 1 L' Arlesienne - suite No. 1 L' Arlesienne - suite No. 1
Georges Bizet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra & Sir Andrew Davis
L' Arlesienne - suite no. 2 [compiled by Ernest Guiraud]; Farandole
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L' Arlesienne - suite no. 2 [compiled by Ernest Guiraud]; Farandole L' Arlesienne - suite no. 2 [compiled by Ernest Guiraud]; Farandole L' Arlesienne - suite no. 2 [compiled by Ernest Guiraud]; Farandole L' Arlesienne - suite no. 2 [compiled by Ernest Guiraud]; Farandole
Georges Bizet & Jorge Bolet
Minuet from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1
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Minuet from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 Minuet from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 Minuet from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1 Minuet from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1
Georges Bizet, Herbert von Karajan & Leontyne Price, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Carmen, L’amour est un oiseau rebelle
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Carmen, L’amour est un oiseau rebelle Carmen, L’amour est un oiseau rebelle Carmen, L’amour est un oiseau rebelle Carmen, L’amour est un oiseau rebelle

Carmen, L’amour est un oiseau rebelle

Performer
Herbert von Karajan
Leontyne Price, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Georges Bizet, Sir Simon Rattle & Berliner Philharmoniker
Carmen - Intermezzo Entr’acte Act 3
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Carmen - Intermezzo Entr’acte Act 3 Carmen - Intermezzo Entr’acte Act 3 Carmen - Intermezzo Entr’acte Act 3 Carmen - Intermezzo Entr’acte Act 3
Georges Bizet, Hillel Zori, Arnon Erez & Hillel Zori
Carmeniana
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Carmeniana Carmeniana Carmeniana Carmeniana
Georges Bizet, Philharmonia Orchestra & Carlo Maria Giulini
Jeux d’enfants
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Jeux d’enfants Jeux d’enfants Jeux d’enfants Jeux d’enfants
Georges Bizet, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Nathan Gunn, Dmitry Korchak, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Nicolas Testé & Diana Damrau
The Pearl Fishers Act 3
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The Pearl Fishers Act 3 The Pearl Fishers Act 3 The Pearl Fishers Act 3 The Pearl Fishers Act 3
Georges Bizet, Arnold Schoenberg, Nathan Gunn, Vienna Radio Orchestra, Dmitry Korchak, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Nicolas Testé & Diana Damrau
The Pearl Fishers Act 2
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The Pearl Fishers Act 2 The Pearl Fishers Act 2 The Pearl Fishers Act 2 The Pearl Fishers Act 2
Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Georges Bizet & Georges Prêtre
La Jolie fille de Perth - opera in 4 acts
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La Jolie fille de Perth - opera in 4 acts La Jolie fille de Perth - opera in 4 acts La Jolie fille de Perth - opera in 4 acts La Jolie fille de Perth - opera in 4 acts
Yuja Wang, Georges Bizet & Vladimir Horowitz
Carmen - suite no. 2: no.6; Danse boheme (Chanson boheme, Act 2), arr. Horowitz
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Carmen - suite no. 2: no.6; Danse boheme (Chanson boheme, Act 2), arr. Horowitz Carmen - suite no. 2: no.6; Danse boheme (Chanson boheme, Act 2), arr. Horowitz Carmen - suite no. 2: no.6; Danse boheme (Chanson boheme, Act 2), arr. Horowitz Carmen - suite no. 2: no.6; Danse boheme (Chanson boheme, Act 2), arr. Horowitz

Carmen - suite no. 2: no.6; Danse boheme (Chanson boheme, Act 2), arr. Horowitz

Performer
Yuja Wang
Music Arranger
Ulster Orchestra, Georges Bizet & Yan Pascal Tortelier
L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon
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L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon L' Arlesienne - suite no. 1, Carillon
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