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Bel Raggio - Rossini: Arias / Aleksandra Kurzak

Kurzak,Aleksandra
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001831702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra KurzakArtur Rucinski
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For her second album, Bel raggio, Aleksandra Kurzak focuses on the bel canto classics of Rossini; offering a beguiling mix of the virtuosic, the lyrical, and the comic. Joining her are Sinfonia Varsovia and Pier Giorgio Morandi.

The program contains highlights from Le comte Ory, La donna del lago, La gazza ladra, Guglielmo Tell, Semiramide, Il turco in Italia, and more, pieces which remain at the heart of her stage repertoire.

Her 2012/13 season saw her returning to Covent Garden for L'elisir d'amore, followed by performances in La traviata (Frankfurt and Warsaw), as Gilda in Rigoletto (Zurich), Marie in La fille du regiment (Vienna) and Adina in L elisir d amore (Barcelona).

In December 2012
Read more she released a hugely successful Christmas album in her native Poland which went platinum.

"Kurzak is a coloratura specialist, and shines in Rossini's florid music . . . she sings up a storm. It's clear that she adores dishing out all the tricks of the coloratura trade, and she does it superbly. Runs, trills, roulades, extra ornaments -- you name it, shell fling them out easily, and do so with infectious joy . . . [an] electrifying voice"
- Concert Review Il barbiere di Siviglia Bloomberg.com, Warwick Thompson 21.01.2011.

"...this is Kurzaks evening...so convincing is she that when she makes a feint at the stalls, people in the front row instinctively cower in fright. Her coloratura is smooth and accurate, and her tone can turn from silk to steel in a flash; shes both a consummate farceuse and a commanding vocal presence"
- Concert Review Il barbiere di Sivigli, Independent (London), Michael Church 19.01.2011. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Tancredi: Gran dio! Deh, tu proteggi...Giusto Dio... by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
2.
Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
3.
L'assedio di Corinto: L'ora fatal...Giusto ciel! by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
4.
Il turco in Italia: Squallida veste, e bruna by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano), Artur Rucinski (Baritone)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Italy 
5.
Guillaume Tell: Ils s'éloignent enfin by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
6.
Mathilda di Shabran: Ami alfine? E chi non ama?...Tace la tromba altera by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
7.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Dunque io son la fortunata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano), Artur Rucinski (Baritone)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
8.
Sigismondo: O tranquillo soggiorno...Ogetto amabile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
9.
Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Sento un'interna voce by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Aleksandra Kurzak (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pier Giorgio Morandi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Varsovia
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 

Sound Samples

Semiramide / Act 1: "Bel raggio lusinghier"
William Tell / Act 2: "S'allontanano alfin!....Selva opaca, deserta brughiera"
Tancredi - Ed. Philip Gossett / Act 2: "Gran Dio! Deh, tu proteggi il mio prode campion... Giusto Dio che umile adoro"
Matilde di Shabran - Critical Edition by Jürgen Selk / Act 2: "Ami alfine? E chi non ama?...Tace la tromba altera"
Le siège de Corinthe / Act 3: "L'ora fatal s'appressa...Giusto ciel"
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: "Dunque io son... tu non m'inganni?"
Sigismondo - Edited Paolo Pinamonti: "O tranquillo soggiorno...Ogetto amabile"
Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra - Ed. V. Borghetti / Act 1: "Sento un?interna voce"
Il Turco in Italia - Critical Edition: Margaret Bent / Act 2: "I vostri cenci vi mando... Squallida veste, e bruna? Caro padre, madre amata"

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