The opera Carmen, after a short story by Prosper Merimee, and the incidental music to the play L'Arlesienne by Alphonse Daudet are without doubt the most important works of Bizet. It is significant for him that his imagination was aroused most by literary subjects of high standing. In spite of failure at their first performances, both works became worldwide successes continuing to the present day.
The three extracts selected here, all of them pieces complete within the larger framework, are a testimony to the fact that the brilliant orchestrator Bizet had a special predilection for the flute.
This is a wonderful selection of extracts from Bizet's two great works Carmen and the L'Alesienne Suite No.2, which have been skilfully arranged for Flute with Piano Accompaniment by Werner Richter.
The solo flute part is also included on a separate insert.