MELODIYA 10" LP 8619-20: BIZET, L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2, 1960s
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Background on this item -
Georges Bizet formally Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875) was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.

During a brilliant student career at the Conservatoire de Paris, Bizet won many prizes, including the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1857. He was recognised as an outstanding pianist, though he chose not to capitalise on this skill and rarely performed in public. Returning to Paris after almost three years in Italy, he found that the main Parisian opera theatres preferred the established classical repertoire to the works of newcomers. His keyboard and orchestral compositions were likewise largely ignored; as a result, his career stalled, and he earned his living mainly by arranging and transcribing the music of others. Restless for success, he began many theatrical projects during the 1860s, most of which were abandoned. Neither of the two operas that reached the stage—Les pêcheurs de perles and La jolie fille de Perth—was immediately successful.

After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, in which Bizet served in the National Guard, he had little success with his one-act opera Djamileh, though an orchestral suite derived from his incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne was instantly popular. The production of Bizet's final opera Carmen was delayed through fears that its themes of betrayal and murder would offend audiences. After its premiere on 3 March 1875, Bizet  was convinced that the work was a failure; he died of a heart attack three months later, unaware that it would prove a spectacular and enduring success.

Bizet's marriage to Geneviève Halévy was intermittently happy and produced one son. After his death, his work, apart from Carmen, was generally neglected. Manuscripts were given away or lost, and published versions of his works were frequently revised and adapted by other hands. He founded no school and had no obvious disciples or successors. After years of neglect, his works began to be performed more frequently in the 20th century. Later commentators have acclaimed him as a composer of brilliance and originality whose premature death was a significant loss to French musical theatre.

The incidental music to Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne (usually translated as 'The Girl from Arles') was composed by Georges Bizet for the first performance of the play on 1 October 1872 at the Vaudeville Theatre (now known as the Paramount Theatre). It consists of 27 numbers (some only a few bars) for voice, chorus, and small orchestra, ranging from short solos to longer entr'actes. Bizet himself played the harmonium backstage at the premiere performance.

Bizet wrote several folk-like themes for the music but also incorporated three existing tunes from a folk-music collection published by Vidal of Aix in 1864: the Marcho dei Rei, the Danse dei Chivau-Frus, and Er dou Guet. The score achieves powerful dramatic ends with the most economic of means. Still, it received poor reviews in the wake of the premiere and is not much performed nowadays in its original form. The play itself was not successful, closing after only 21 performances. It had been staged as a last-minute replacement for another play, which had been banned by the censors, and the audience was less than favorably disposed to the new play. The incidental music has survived and flourished, however, in the form of two suites for orchestra.

MELODIYA Records 10” LP item - BLUE record labels with SILVER lettering - see pictures with this listing for more detail
Record Made in the USSR (Russia)
Pressing is in MONO
Record Speed: 33 rpm
Record issued in the 1960’s - we don't know for sure as there is nothing on the LP or jacket to indicate a date of manufature
Record Catalog Number: 33** 8619-20

This listing is for a very rare, out of print 10” LP featuring the music of -

Georges BIZET

10" LP Title -
G. Bizet - Su ites Nos. 1 and 2 from the music to A. Daudet’s drama L'ARLESIENNE

Performers on this title include -
N. Anosov, conductor
Moscow State Philharmonic Society Symphony Orchestra

Track listings -
1. Suites Nos. 1 and 2 from the music to A. Daudet's drama, L'Arlesienne

CONDITION Details:
The JACKET:
The LP jacket is in Near MINT minus condition.
The jacket has NO seam splits - it is completely intact, and shows only some shelf wear, primarily at the seams and corners. 
It has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind on the jacket. 
There is NO hand writing on any part of the jacket, front or back (see picture for more detail).
The cover has clean and sharp colors, just gorgeous - see picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in near MINT minus condition! - like NEW!!
The LP retains much of the original gloss and sheen!
The record has no serious marks, obviously well taken care of.
There are NO spindle marks on the record labels.
This is the near mint copy you have always wanted in your collection - any super picky audiophile would be happy with this one! A better copy would be very difficult to locate!
This LP may have a slight mark or two (spider marks) which are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the inner sleeve and are usually not audible on most audio systems.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Melodiya 10" LP 8619-20 NM
  • Manufacturer: Melodiya Records
  • Condition: Used

MELODIYA 10" LP 8619-20: BIZET, L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2, 1960s

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