Bizet Carmen Hybrid Stereo Japanese Import 3SACD

Berliner Philharmoniker

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Audiophile Quality 3-SACD Set!
Featuring ESOTERIC's Proprietary Re-Mastering Process to Achieve the Highest Level of Sound Quality!

Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker in Georges Bizet's Carmen, an opera in three acts. Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, after the novella by Prosper Mérimée. Recorded September 1982, Philharmonie, Berlin. Sung in French.

The reissue of classical music masterpieces by ESOTERIC has attracted a lot of attention, both for its uncompromising commitment to recreating the original master sound, and for using hybrid Super Audio CD (SACD) technology to improve sound quality. This series marks the first hybrid SACD release of historical recording selections that have been mainstays of the catalog since their initial release.

Experience the legendary performance in this new Super Audio CD/CD format. Not only for new followers, but also for well experienced followers of these recorded materials. All will be equally impressed by the "soul" hidden within the notes, but never before found in previously released recordings in any format.

The criterion of re-mastering is to faithfully capture the quality of the original master. ESOTERIC's flag ship D/A converters, model D-01VU, Rubidium master clock generator model Grandioso G1 and ESOTERIC MEXCEL interconnect cables and power cords, were all used for this re-mastering session. This combination of highly advanced technology greatly contributed to capturing the high quality sound of the original master

Producer: Motoaki Ohmachi (ESOTERIC COMPANY) Mastering Engineering: Kazuie Sugimoto (JVC Mastering Center Daikanyama Studio)

Esoteric Equipment list for this re-mastering:
• D-01VU (D/A Converters)
• Grandioso G1 (Rubidium Master Clock Generator)
• ESOTERIC Mexcel Cables


  • 3-SACD set
  • Super Audio CD
  • SACD Stereo SACD Layer
  • This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
  • DSD Mastering
  • Made in Japan


Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan conductor
Chœur de l'Opéra de Paris
Jean Laforge Chorus master
Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo-Soprano) Carmen, une bohémienne
José Carreras (Tenor) Don José, un brigadier
José van Dam (Baritone) Escamillo, un toréro
Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano) Micaëla, une jeune paysanne
Christine Barbaux (Soprano) Frasquita, bohémienne
Jane Berbié (Mezzo-Soprano) Mercédès, bohémienne
Alexander Malta (Bass) Zuniga, lieutenant
Mikael Melbye (Baritone) Moralès, un brigadier
Gino Quilico (Baritone) Le Dancaïre, contrebandier
Heinz Zednik (Tenor) Le Remendado, contrebandier
Michel Marinpouille (Tenor) Andrès, lieutenant
Anne-Marie Tostain (Mezzo-Soprano) Une Marchande
Alain Pilard (Baritone) Un Bohémien, Lillas Pastia (tenancier de taverne), Un guide, Un Soldat
Maria Laborit (Dialogue) Carmen
Jean Barney (Dialogue) Don José
Tony Jacquot (Dialogue) Escamillo/Moralès
Danièle Ajoret (Dialogue) Micaëla
Isabelle Karajan (Dialogue) Frasquita
Claudine Coster (Dialogue) Mercédès
Jean-Noël Sissia (Dialogue) Zuniga
Alain Hitier (Dialogue) Dancaïre/Un Soldat
Robert Manuel (Dialogue) Lillas Pastia/Le Guide
David Clair (Dialogue) Andrès


Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

Opéra en trois actes

Production: Günther Breest, Renate Kupfer
Recording Supervision: Michel Glotz
Tonmeister (Balance Engineer): Günter Hermanns
Editing: Reinhild Schmidt
Recorded: September 1982, Philharmonie, Berlin

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