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Subject: Ris?'s CARMEN: Columbia hilites
From: Doug Han <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Doug Han <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 13 Jun 2002 06:35:13 -0700

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Bill Fregosi applauds the complete Stevens CARMEN on
RCA under Fritz Reiner's direction.  There's also a
hilites recording from a few yrs previously, available
on cassette, in which Paris-based Hungarian maestro
Georges Sebastian directs Stevens & cohorts Raoul
Jobin, Robert Weede, & Nadine Conner.

In comparison to her studio recording, Stevens is
friskier here, in lither voice.  The lively spirit
created by Sebastian - slightly faster, brighter tempi
than Reiner, perhaps due to recording timing
exigencies - brings more of the zest of her stage
performances into the studio.  Jobin, who also left a
complete account of his r?le, sings a fervent Don
Jos?, though lacking in dynamic niceties [I crave to
hear the pianissimi in the flower song, among other

Met stalwarts Weede & Conner are @ their best: he
full-toned & swaggering in an excellent toreador song,
she bright & sweet-sounding in her aria.  Sebastian
leads the Met chorus & orchestra w/ a decided flair.

I agree w/ Bill: I don't like the kicking & screaming
that was part & parcel of Ris?'s death as Carmen - it
damages the character's dignity.  But she's still one
helluva Carmen, as Reiner told her, & we are given a
fuller view of that quality by remembering these

Anyone else have comments on them?


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