Recording of the Week – Carmen Suite

Schedrin - Carmen Suite
Arrangements of Bizet’s masterpiece are so common that I expect one soon in American Sign Language. In 1967 the Russian composer Rodion Schedrin (born 1932) arranged a suite from Carmen as a one act ballet for his wife the incomparable Maya Plisetskaya. The instrumentation is very unusual – strings and percussion. When the first recording of the work was released shortly after its premiere it garnered a lot of attention. This 2002 rendition is performed by the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin under the direction of Misha Rachlevsky.

Schedrin achieves a dazzling effect with his clever orchestration. When listened to on a very good audio system with the sound turned way up it sweeps the listener away. Here’s part of the piece’s sixth number titled Scene.

The suite lasts a little more than half an hour. The remainder of the disc contains Schedrin’s Four Moscow Photographs and his Glorification.

For a complete list of his work go here.

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One Response to Recording of the Week – Carmen Suite

  1. Operafilly says:

    “When listened to on a very good audio system with the sound turned way up it sweeps the listener away.”

    I rarely play anything loud……except to drown out some noise. So much of my music is archival….back to Caruso 78’s. I only have inexpensive components. Recently I discovered mp3 players (again to drown out other noise while I’m working outside). I set it far louder than I prefer. Self-defense. Even took it to the dentist’s office so I could drown out the crappy music he plays. I’m amazed at the good quality and 8 gig capacity!! And so cheap

    Operafilly

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