The Famous Carmen Suite of Bizet comes to Cello Octet

The opera Carmen is no doubt one of French composer Georges Bizet’s most popular and critically acclaimed works. Devoted and casual opera-goers alike are drawn to the passion and tragedy of the story and its characters. The music and the central character of Carmen have been subjects of countless recordings and films. In other words, the opera’s influence has stretched far beyond the opera house.

After Bizet’s death, his friend Ernest Guiraud compiled two suites closely drawn from the original score and faithfully adhering to Bizet’s orchestration. Both suites contain six numbers and have been performed & recorded many times. We’re excited to announce our own edition of the Carmen Suite, arranged for cello octet by German cellist Carsten Jaspert.

About Bizet's Carmen Suite for Cello Octet

I’ve chosen three movements of the Orchestra-Suites and the aria of Don José “La fleur que tu m’avais jeté”. The first movement is the Prélude to the opera, the second starts with a small introduction containing a motive of the transition to the first act of the opera and leads into the aria as a solo for the first cello. It could be helpful for the accompanying parts (cellos 2-8) to play this movement with mutes. The third movement is a kind of intermezzo: the Entr’acte between second and third act of the opera, and the fourth movement is the famous Chanson Bohême.

–Carsten Jaspert

About the Editor – Carsten Jaspert

Carsten Jaspert was born in 1966 in Hüls, Germany. He studied cello with Jürgen Wolf in Düsseldorf and Rudolf von Tobel in Bern. Mr. Jaspert has participated in several notable festivals including the Tanglewood Young Artists Instrumental Program in 1984 and the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival Orchester with Sergiu Celibidache in 1988. From 1987-1988 he was Principal Cellist of the Folkwang Kammerorchester in Essen. Since 1989 he has been a member of the cello section of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover.

Outside of his orchestral career Mr. Jaspert was a member of and arranger for the Cello Quartet “Die Rheinischen Cellisten” from 1998 – 2000. In 2000 the cello section of the NDR Radiophilharmonie founded the Cello Octet “Celli Family” for which Mr. Jaspert regularly writes arrangements. Since 2005 he has been the cellist in the Helian Quartett.

Learn more about Carsten Jaspert and his arrangements at Ovation Press.

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