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Georges Bizet

born: 25 October 1838
died: 3 June 1875
country: France

Bizet's first work was a symphony, written when he was 17 and immediately popular. But he is far better known for his operas, particularly Carmen. Carmen was not initially well-received but praise for it eventually came from well-known contemporaries including Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Bizet did not live to see its success, as he died from angina at the age of 36 a few months after its first few performances, on his third wedding anniversary. He was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

Bizet's music has been used in the twentieth century as the basis for several important ballets. The Soviet-era "Carmen Suite" (1967), set to music drawn from Carmen arranged by Rodion Shchedrin, gave the Bolshoi ballerina Maya Plisetskaya one of her signature roles; it was choreographed by Alberto Alonso. In the West the "L'Arlesienne" of Roland Petit is well-regarded, and the "Symphony in C" by George Balanchine is considered to be one of the great ballets of the twentieth century. It was first presented as Le Palais de Crystal by the Paris Opera Ballet in 1947, and has been in the repertory there ever since. The ballet has no story; it simply fits the music: each movement of the symphony has its own ballerina, cavalier, and Corps de Ballet, all of whom dance together in the finale.

'Bizet: Songs' (CDA66976)
Bizet: Songs
'For Children' (CDH55194)
For Children
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'La Procession' (CDA66248)
La Procession
'Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44041/8)
Rachmaninov: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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'Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions' (CDH55458)
Rachmaninov: The Transcriptions
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'Le Bestiaire' (A66149)
Le Bestiaire
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Complete works available for download
Absence Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Berceuse 'Sur un vieil air' Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Chanson d'avril Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Douce mer Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)
Douce mer Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Feuilles d'album Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
La chanson de la rose Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
La coccinelle Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
La toupie from Jeux d'enfants 'The top' Lívia Rév (piano)
L'abandonnée Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Ma vie a son secret Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Pastel Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Pastorale Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Tarentelle Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Vieille chanson Ann Murray (mezzo-soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
À une fleur  No 1 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Absence (Bizet)
Adieux à Suzon  No 2 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe (Bizet)
Berceuse 'Sur un vieil air' (Bizet)
Chanson d'avril (Bizet)
Douce mer (Bizet)
Elle me dit: «Quelque chose»  First line to La coccinelle (Bizet)
Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Guitare  No 4 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
La chanson de la rose (Bizet)
La coccinelle (Bizet)
La toupie from Jeux d'enfants 'The top' (Bizet/Garbon)
L'abandonnée (Bizet)
L'arlésienne suite No 1 (Bizet/Rachmaninov)
Le grillon  No 6 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Ma vie a son secret (Bizet)
Minuet  Transcription from L'arlésienne suite No 1 (Bizet/Rachmaninov)
Murmure autour de ma nacelle  First line to Douce mer (Bizet)
Ouvre ton cœur  Song from Vasco de Gama (Bizet)
Pastel (Bizet)
Pastorale (Bizet)
Rose d'amour  No 5 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Sonnet  No 3 of Feuilles d'album (Bizet)
Tarentelle (Bizet)
Vasco de Gama (Bizet)
Vieille chanson (Bizet)
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