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  PentaTone Classics -
  PTC 5186 216 (2 discs)
  Bizet: Carmen - Bernstein
  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
Track listing:
  Classical - Opera
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Recording info:
  Recorded in 1972 at the Manhattan Centre, New York, United States

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Review by Luukas May 31, 2015 (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
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Another wonderful addition to the REMASTERED CLASSICS. Lenny's approach of Bizet's "Carmen" is historical in every ways. His tempo choices were surprising: sometimes he used traditional tempi and the other tempi - for example the opening Prélude - were much slower than normally.
I think that 4.0 surround sound - the quadraphonic recording - reaches the best results in operas. I mean that it really works with operas. It awakes the famous stories to the full bloom!
This recording was a good example. There were many sound effects - the off-stage voices and knockings, for example - and they all were captured thrillingly at the original quadraphonic tapes. There were also a dreamy cast. Marilyn Horne was cool and sexy gypsy; her voice was always strong and convincing. James MacCracken was emotional and sensitive Don José. The other singers were also very good.
The discs were packaged beautifully: they arrived with the hardcover book (nearly 200 pages). As Pentatone says: "Sit back and enjoy". Highly recommend, absolutely.

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Georges Bizet - Carmen