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Slavic Opera Arias / Piotr Beczala

Beczala,Piotr
Release Date: 09/28/2010 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 814101   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alexander BorodinFeliks NowowiejskiWladyslaw ZelenskiNikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,   ... 
Performer:  Piotr Beczala
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are deeply felt performances which time and again reveal great artistry...this is one of the few tenor recitals of these last years that should be in everyone’s collection.

"Due to his warm, full timbre, which reminds one somewhat of Sandor Konya, his secure, flexible top notes, as well as his linguistic ability, Beczala is convincing..." - Gerhard Persché, Opernwelt

"These are deeply felt performances which time and again reveal great artistry...take the first track on this CD: the well-known aria from Vladimir in Borodin’s Igor. This is already a classic performance ending on a hauntingly beautiful pianissimo; worthy of the Björling recording...this is one of
Read more the few tenor recitals of these last years that should be in everyone’s collection." - Jan Neckers, www.operanostalgia.be

In both the Italian and the French repertoires, Piotr Beczala has already enjoyed success among public and press alike at all the great opera houses of the world. This Polish tenor also excels in the Slavic repertoire, though international trends in programming have meant that this phenomenon has received far less recognition than he deserves. Exceptions that prove the rule have been Beczalals successes as the Prince in Dvorák’s Rusalka at the Salzburg Festival and as Lenski in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin at the Met in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and elsewhere. Beczala’s recital here naturally includes highlights from the aforementioned works, but he also offers proof of the rich possibilities – hitherto largely ignored – that this repertoire offers for a tenor to display both vocal grace and melancholy. He is accompanied by the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra from Warsaw under the direction of its chief conductor, Lukasz Borowicz.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prince Igor: Medlenno den' ugasal...Akh! Gde ty, gde? by Alexander Borodin
Performer:  Piotr Beczala (), Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869-1887; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2.
Legenda Baltyku (Baltic Legend): Act 2. Czy ty mnie kochasz? by Feliks Nowowiejski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Janek: Act 1. Dgy slub sezmiesz z twoim Stachem by Wladyslaw Zelenski
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Flis (The Raftsman): Plynq Tratwy po Wisle by Stanislaw Moniuszko
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
6.
Aleko: Vzglyani: pod otdalyonnim svodom by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1892; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Straszny Dwór (The Haunted Manor): Act 3. Cisza dokola by Stanislaw Moniuszko
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861-1864 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
8.
Prodaná nevesta (The Bartered Bride): Act 2. Az uzris, komus koupil nevestu...Jak mozná verit by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1863-1870; Czechoslovakia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
9.
Halka: Act 4. Nieszesna Halka!...Szumiq jodly na gór szczycie by Stanislaw Moniuszko
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 6 Minutes 16 Secs. 
10.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: Ustante v Lovu, na Hrad Vrafte Se by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: Czechoslovakia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
11.
Mayskaya Noch' (The May Night): Act 3. Kak tikho...Spi moya krasavitsa by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 7 Minutes 17 Secs. 
12.
Sadko: no 4, Song of the Indian Guest by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894-1896; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
13.
Yevgeny Onegin (Eugene Onegin): Act 1. Kak shchastliv...Ya lyublyu vas by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
14.
Yevgeny Onegin (Eugene Onegin): Act 2. Kuda, kuda by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1878; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
15.
Iolanta: Net! Chary lask krasy myatezhnoy by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
16.
Pikovaya Dama (The Queen of Spades): Act 4. Chto nasha zhizn'? Igra! by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
17.
Rafael, Op. 37: Strast'yu i negoyu serdtse trepeshchet by Anton Arensky
Performer:  Piotr Beczala ()
Conductor:  Lukasz Borowicz
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1894; Russia 
Venue:  Polish Radio Witold Lutoslawski Concert 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Too bad for the hopeful April 23, 2013 By roger horn (Clarion, PA) See All My Reviews "I bought this because I had not heard the tenor and the pieces he sang were not the same old same old arias. I hoped he might sing arias from Erkel's Bank Ban since that would provide something I have heard, but only by one tenor, Robert Illosfalvy. What I did hear were two things Jussi Bjoerling recorded and Bjoerling sang them very much better. Indeed, Beczala seems to be a belter with strong high notes and little more. There ought to be SOME stylistic differences between SOME of the arias, but it seems they are all the same thing to him. Too bad." Report Abuse
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