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Track(s) taken from CDA66765

Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen, BV284

1920; Sonatina No 6, based on themes from Bizet's Carmen

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)
Recording details: June 1994
Wigmore Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ates Orga
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: October 1994
Total duration: 7 minutes 35 seconds

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The last Sonatina, No 6, entitled Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen (1920), is a short paraphrase based on the Act 4 chorus, the Flower Song (with Carmen’s fate motif, characterized by an augmented second, as a transition), the Habanera, and the Prelude to Act 1, with a coda (marked Andante visionario) based on the fate motif. Despite its virtuosity, this attractive work is not so expansive as many examples of the operatic paraphrase.

from notes by Marc-André Roberge © 2013

La sixième et dernière sonatine, intitulée Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen (1920), est une courte paraphrase basée sur le chœur de l’acte 4, l’air «La fleur que tu m’avais jetée» (avec le motif du destin de Carmen, caractérisé par une seconde augmentée, comme transition), la habanera de même que le prélude de l’acte 1 avec une coda (marquée Andante visionario) basée sur le motif du destin. Malgré sa virtuosité, cette œuvre très attrayante est loin d’être aussi démonstrative que d’autres œuvres du genre.

extrait des notes rédigées par Marc-André Roberge © 2013

Die letzte Sonatina, Nr. 6, trägt den Titel Kammer-Fantasie über Carmen (1920) und ist eine kurze Paraphrase, der der Chor des vierten Aktes der Oper, die Blumenarie (mit Carmens Schicksalsmotiv, das sich durch eine übermäßige Sekunde auszeichnet und als Überleitung fungiert), die Habanera und das Vorspiel zum ersten Akt zugrunde liegen; die Coda (mit Andante visionario bezeichnet) basiert auf dem Schicksalsmotiv. Trotz seiner Virtuosität ist dieses reizvolle Werk nicht so umfangreich wie viele andere Opern-Paraphrasen.

aus dem Begleittext von Marc-André Roberge © 2013
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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