This classic recording deserves a return to the catalogue with a host of great French singers and the inimitable Elie Cohen at the helm; it truly takes its place amongst the great “Carmen’s” of all time.

Although the set is definitely not complete as it clocks in at just over 110 minutes, it is hard to find a better version. The aura of Francophile experience permeates every single note and with singers such as the great Georges Thill and Raymonde Visconti, you cannot really go wrong. The orchestral playing truly comes alive in the fine remastering which is a credit to Pristine Audio’s achievements.

Divine Art’s new Historic Sound series is fast becoming one of the major labels in this much sought after genre and this ‘Carmen’ deserves every success.

—Gerald Fenech