When George Bizet composed the opera Carmen, he likely had no idea how popular this work would be in the years to come. The music is full of excitement, passion, wonderful melodies, a beautiful woman, and more.
In the years following the introduction of the opera, other musicians went to work to create fantasies and musical variations on many of Bizet’s great themes.
Below are *five* of these interpretations as performed by some amazing artists!
Here is Vladimir HOROWITZ AT CARNEGIE HALL, with his great “Carmen Variations”:
And here is Itzhak Perlman performing Pablo de Sarasate’s ‘Carmen Fantasy’:
And here is Anne-Sophie Mutter, playing the Carmen fantasie:
And now another fiddler: Gil Shaham performs the Sarasate Carmen Fantasy:
And finally here’s Sarah Chang playing the Carmen Fantasy by Pablo Sarasate:
Tags: Bizet, Carmen, Fantasy, Variations, Perlman, Horowitz, Mutter, Chang, Shaham