Bizet: Carmen

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3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0

COMPOSERS: Bizet
LABELS: Decca
WORKS: Carmen
PERFORMER: Norman, Freni, Shicoff, Estes; Radio France Chorus; Orchestre National de France/Seiji Ozawa
CATALOGUE NO: 478 2488

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Norman’s characterisation creates a striking Carmen, alongside Shicoff’s lyrically neurotic José. Sadly Estes’s crude, French-free toreador effectively cripples the performance. Michael Scott Rohan