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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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, François-Xavier Roth & Les Siècles
Symphony in C major, 3rd movement; Scherzo and trio (Allegro vivace)
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Symphony in C major, 3rd movement; Scherzo and trio (Allegro vivace) Symphony in C major, 3rd movement; Scherzo and trio (Allegro vivace) Symphony in C major, 3rd movement; Scherzo and trio (Allegro vivace) Symphony in C major, 3rd movement; Scherzo and trio (Allegro vivace)
Georges Bizet & Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson
L’Arlésienne: Incidental music: Entr’acte (tempo di minuetto vivo)
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L’Arlésienne: Incidental music: Entr’acte (tempo di minuetto vivo) L’Arlésienne: Incidental music: Entr’acte (tempo di minuetto vivo) L’Arlésienne: Incidental music: Entr’acte (tempo di minuetto vivo) L’Arlésienne: Incidental music: Entr’acte (tempo di minuetto vivo)
Georges Bizet, Oliver von Dohnányi & Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava
Andante molto, 3rd movement from the Symphonic Suite "Roma"
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Andante molto, 3rd movement from the Symphonic Suite "Roma" Andante molto, 3rd movement from the Symphonic Suite "Roma" Andante molto, 3rd movement from the Symphonic Suite "Roma" Andante molto, 3rd movement from the Symphonic Suite "Roma"
Georges Bizet, Paul Paray & Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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
Christa Ludwig & Georges Bizet
Ja, die Liebe hat bunte Flügel, Carmen
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Ja, die Liebe hat bunte Flügel, Carmen Ja, die Liebe hat bunte Flügel, Carmen Ja, die Liebe hat bunte Flügel, Carmen Ja, die Liebe hat bunte Flügel, Carmen
Grace Bumbry & Georges Bizet
Près des remparts de Séville, Carmen
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Près des remparts de Séville, Carmen Près des remparts de Séville, Carmen Près des remparts de Séville, Carmen Près des remparts de Séville, Carmen
Giulietta Simionato & Georges Bizet
È l'amore uno strano augello, Carmen
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È l'amore uno strano augello, Carmen È l'amore uno strano augello, Carmen È l'amore uno strano augello, Carmen È l'amore uno strano augello, Carmen
Anna Caterina Antonacci & Georges Bizet
La-la-la-la, Carmen
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La-la-la-la, Carmen La-la-la-la, Carmen La-la-la-la, Carmen La-la-la-la, Carmen
Ulster Orchestra, Stephen Bell & Georges Bizet
Les Toreadors from Carmen Suite No.1
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Les Toreadors from Carmen Suite No.1 Les Toreadors from Carmen Suite No.1 Les Toreadors from Carmen Suite No.1 Les Toreadors from 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, Les Musiciens du Louvre & Marc Minkowski
L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Farandole
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L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Farandole L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Farandole L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Farandole L'Arlesienne Suite No 2: Farandole
Jules Massenet, Georges Bizet, Hector Berlioz & Juan Diego Flórez
Arias by Berlioz, Bizet and Massenet
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Arias by Berlioz, Bizet and Massenet Arias by Berlioz, Bizet and Massenet Arias by Berlioz, Bizet and Massenet Arias by Berlioz, Bizet and Massenet
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
Georges Bizet, Brenda Lucas & John Ogdon
Jeux d'Enfants, Op. 22
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Jeux d'Enfants, Op. 22 Jeux d'Enfants, Op. 22 Jeux d'Enfants, Op. 22 Jeux d'Enfants, Op. 22
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
Georges Bizet, National Philharmonic Orchestra & Leopold Stokowski
L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: Pastorale
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L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: Pastorale L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: Pastorale L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: Pastorale L'Arlesienne Suite No. 2: Pastorale
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
David Alagna, Georges Bizet, Frédérico Alagna & Roberto Alagna
Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth
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Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth
Georges Bizet, Jukka-Pekka Saraste & Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Symphony in C major, 4th movement; Allegro vivace
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Symphony in C major, 4th movement; Allegro vivace Symphony in C major, 4th movement; Allegro vivace Symphony in C major, 4th movement; Allegro vivace Symphony in C major, 4th movement; Allegro vivace
Georges Bizet, Leonard Bernstein & New York Philharmonic
Habanera (Carmen)
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Habanera (Carmen) Habanera (Carmen) Habanera (Carmen) Habanera (Carmen)
Georges Bizet, Marko Munih & Simfonični orkester RTV Slovenija
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
Carmen suite
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Carmen suite Carmen suite Carmen suite Carmen suite
Maria Callas, Chœur René Duclos, Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris, Georges Prêtre & Georges Bizet
Habanera from Carmen
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Habanera from Carmen Habanera from Carmen Habanera from Carmen Habanera from Carmen
Georges Bizet, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra & Jean-Luc Tingaud
Roma - Symphony, iv Allegro vivacissimo
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Roma - Symphony, iv Allegro vivacissimo Roma - Symphony, iv Allegro vivacissimo Roma - Symphony, iv Allegro vivacissimo Roma - Symphony, iv Allegro vivacissimo
Georges Bizet & London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philippe Jordan (conductor)
Carmen: Prelude
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Carmen: Prelude Carmen: Prelude Carmen: Prelude Carmen: Prelude
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, 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)
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
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)
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Biography

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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