Ansermet/Bizet: Carmen Suite – L’Arlésienne Suite (Decca / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

# Composers: Georges Bizet
# Orchestra: L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
# Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
# Vinyl (1958 / 2012)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 15
# Label: Decca / Speakers Corner
# Size: 980MB (24/96) + 275MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: RS, FF

From the Speakers Corner website

The 19th-century suites with their collection of favorite songs and instrumental excerpts from operas are the clear forerunners of today’s ‘best of’ culture. The “Carmen” suite was assembled after Bizet’s death and brought the operatic masterpiece into the concert hall. The overture is fresh and rousing, the toreador theme marches in proudly and purposefully, followed by the destiny motif in the minor key which burns itself into ones ear and mind. With every bar it becomes obvious that this suite is not so much a series of excerpts but rather the true substance of its creator’s musical ideas.

All that remained of the five-act play “L’Arlésienne” after its unsuccessful premiere was Bizet’s incidental music, which he himself orchestrated lavishly and premiered with success. Similar to “Carmen”, popular melodies are treated with the composer’s own unique style to make them ageless, and Ernest Ansermet and his orchestra stages them delightfully for all eternity.

Track List:

Side One
Carmen – Suite
01 – Prelude, Act 1
02 – Prelude, Act 4 (Aragonaise)
03 – Prelude, Act 3 (Intermezzo)
04 – Prelude, Act 2 (Les Dragons d’Alcala)
05 – Scene des Contrabandiers (Act 3)
06 – Habanera (Act 1)
07 – La Garde Montante (Act 1)
08 – Danse (Boheme (Act 2)

Side Two
L’Arlésienne – Suite
09 – Prelude
10 – Minuetto
11 – Adagietto
12 – Carillion
13 – Minuet
14 – Farandole

Recording: April and May 1958 at Victoria Hall, Geneva (Switzerland), by Roy Wallace
Production: James Walker

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

Technics SL1200-MK5 (modified)
– Rega RB300 arm with RB700 wiring
– Michell Tecnoweight
– SoundSupports armboard
– Trans-Fi Audio Reso-Mat
Shure V15VxMR (with Jico stylus)
SimAudio Moon 110LP preamp
Native Instruments Audio4DJ USB interface

Processing: Sound Forge 10, ClickRepair (manual mode only)

Note: There was quite a bit of surface noise on this album, especially on the first side. I was able to clean up the majority of it, but you may hear an occasional anomaly here and there.
However, the performance here is so outstanding, that I felt it had to be shared anyway. Enjoy!


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9 thoughts on “Ansermet/Bizet: Carmen Suite – L’Arlésienne Suite (Decca / Speakers Corner, 180g pressing)

  1. Thank you very much. Downloaded both versions now realising that it’s the same recording; now I have both of them, and that’s kinda cool.

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