My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.

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Oskar
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My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.

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This is the best version I have heard to date. Jon Vickers does it beautifully: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=FLNrVk ... tB1UlPFln4

Feel free to share your own favorites. :)

TifosoBonisolli
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Re: My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.

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Well, as somebody who is deeply convinced that Vickers has never sung a single beautiful note in his whole life, I'm probably not the right person to answer on this thread. (Just listen to Vickers' acuti, or attempts at acuti, at 2:45 and 3:01 - ouch, just like a dog on whose tail somebody has stepped.)
Nonetheless, here goes: "La fleur" is a difficult aria, there are few good recordings, and several world-class tenors have not quite reached their usual level when singing this piece (like notably Gigli and Thill).
Good, though not entirely faultless, are:
John Gläser, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2EMGNdpOp4
Alfred Piccaver, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnpK4ua-Fzs
Giuseppe Lenghi-Cellini (not "Longhi"!), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR_uU1DDXe8
Arthur Cavara (not available online)

Even better, but still not perfect:
Fernando de Lucia, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCgTXtzoMCU (there is a later, better version by him, but it's not available online)
Fiorello Giraud, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te6cs3bga9U

Pretty close to excellent:
Augusto Ferrauto, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-bHmPE9m1s
Dmitrij Smirnov, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN1wlfZ7Umc

World-class (in alphabetical order):
Ulysses Lappas, http://www.dismarc.org/index.php?form=d ... 13384&db=0
József Simándy, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopy6dGVUPo
Marcel Wittrisch, http://www.dismarc.org/index.php?form=d ... 22073&db=0

My personal favourite is Wittrisch, but Simándy is in fact every bit as good as he is.

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shutko
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Re: My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.

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I don't think I could choose a favorite, but I always felt Luccioni did a wonderful job as a dramatic Don Jose... especially at the latter half of the aria.
Simandy was also quite a nice surprise, I had not heard him before this.

TifosoBonisolli
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Ah yes, another beautiful version: Richard Crooks, http://www.dismarc.org/index.php?form=d ... 23411&db=0

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Orestes
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Re: My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.

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TifosoBonisolli wrote:Ah yes, another beautiful version: Richard Crooks, http://www.dismarc.org/index.php?form=d ... 23411&db=0
True. Crooks is a very stylistic singer, however, I sometimes find his use of falsetto annoying.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJQmbaAv9p4

I think Gedda is a fine Don José. He might not been the best for the more dramatic third act, but in the Flower Song he is in my ears perfect.

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Re: My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.

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Orestes wrote:
TifosoBonisolli wrote:Ah yes, another beautiful version: Richard Crooks, [url]

I think Gedda is a fine Don José. He might not been the best for the more dramatic third act, but in the Flower Song he is in my ears perfect.
Yes, I think Gedda is suberb - and his French is far better than most of the singers so far mentioned. When he recorded the role with Victoria de los Angeles, his voice was perhaps a bit too lightweight for the dramatic third act, but later on in his career he did develop a more dramatic ring to his voice. In fact, he could on occasion sound a bit too 'butch' for the roles he was undertaking. For instance, when he sang 'Orfeo' in Richard Bonynge's worthy rescue attempt on Haydn's 'L'anima del Filosofo' (Orfeo ed Euridice) with the inevitable Joan Sutherland back in the late '60s, by then there was a great deal more 'meat' in the middle of his voice than early in his career ("He's a very butch Orpheus, isn't he?" commented a college friend of mine).

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