Advent Calendar 2015 - December 19th : Aragonaise

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Advent Calendar 2015

December 19th - Aragonaise

A complete fiasco eventually becomes a great success – you find several incidents like this during the history of music.



One might think that it is amazing that the premier performance of George Bizet's opera "Carmen" in March 1875 was an absolutely failure! A few months later, in June that year, Bizet died when he was only 36 years old. The day before, he had signed a contract to stage "Carmen" at the Vienna Opera. The Vienna premiere in October became a complete success. Since that very day, "Carmen" has become one of the most beloved spectacles to opera audiences worldwide. There are today so many different versions of "Carmen" such as ballet, orchestral suites, film (Carmen: Carlos Saura, 1983), flamenco and even a Chinese version of Habanera that develop into a mambo! (Grace Chang: In the film “The Wild, wild rose”, 1960)

Today's recording is Arturo Toscanini’s interpretation of Carmen’s "Aragonese". The recording was made in December 1920 when Toscanini was 53 years old. At that occasion, he was on tour in the United States as a conductor of the La Scala Opera Orchestra, Milan. These records are Toscanini’s first recordings and one of the first ever recorded with electrical engineering.

Georges Bizet: Aragonaise from Carmen


Listen to the record

Company: Victrola
Commercial number: 64999
Matrix number: 64999
Recording year: 1920???

Listen to music for Christmas

If You want to listen to music for Christmas as well, you can go to the past music advent calendars. You find the links for Desember 19th. below.

2008: O Holy Night by Adolphe Adam

2009: The Holy City by Stephen Adams

2010: Dejlig er jorden (trad.)

2011: L'Adieu des Bergers from "L'Enfance du Christ" by Hector Berlioz

2012: Lord Christ by Rikard Nordraak

2013: Heart Wounds and Last spring by Edvard Grieg

2014: Agnus Dei by Georges Bizet

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