A New Recording: Carmen Suite

The Georgisches Kammerorchester (Georgian Chamber Orchestra) Ingolstadt and its artistic director Ruben Gazarian presents their third joint CD recording. Rodion Shchedrin’s Carmen Suite pays homage to the great Russian dancer and choreographer Maya Plisetskaya, who died in her adopted hometown of Munich in May 2015. At the same time, it honors her husband, composer Rodion Shchedrin, who in 2017 celebrates his eighty-fifth birthday. Rodion Shchedrin wrote Carmen Suite in the mid-1960s for his wife. The work is a ballet score for strings and percussion after motives from Georges Bizet’s opera of the same name. The best-known melodies from the opera are stylistically modified by a nuanced orchestration that changes the overall coloring, and by more poignant rhythm. Furthermore, Carmen Suite reflects motives from the Second L’Arlesienne Suite.

The present CD release is the live recording of a concert in Ingolstadt on October 15, 2015. It has been available for sale since July 2016.