The French Collection / Piotr Beczala

Release Date: 2/17/2015
Catalog Number: B002251002
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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CD
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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The remarkable Piotr Beczala has just won a prestigious ECHO Klassik award for “Singer of the Year” 2014 – and at the incredible gala event, he performed Massenet’s “Pourquoi me réveiller”, which will be on his brand new album. Now, this world-leading tenor makes an awaited return to the studio and records a collection of best-loved operatic arias that lie at the core of his repertoire, all connected to France or Paris (either by French composers, or composed for the city of love, Paris). He is joined on this occasion by the German star soprano Diana Damrau.

Piotr Beczala is praised worldwide for his flawless, elegant delivery, immaculate musicianship and keen interpretive intelligence. His previous (and debut) album on DG was extremely well received by audience and press worldwide. Diapason d'Or in France, 10 in the Dutch magazine Luister, a glowing review in the Australian limelight: "if, like me, you are a fan of Richard Tauber, or if you just want to hear the best tenor since Nicola Geddai in this repertoire, you really must buy the album."

Now, Piotr Beczala records his first solo operatic album with Deutsche Grammophon. It will contain famous arias from Berlioz, Gounod, Massenet, Verdi and others. A perfectly cultivated and stylish singer, he is currently at the absolute peak of his career and shows deep affinity with the repertoire.
Works on This Recording
1. Werther: Pourqoui me reveiller by Jules Massenet
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic
2. Le Cid: Ah! tout est bien fini...O Souverain, ô juge, ô père by Jules Massenet
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; France
3. La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Merci, doux crépuscule! by Hector Berlioz
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845-1846 ; France
4. Béatrice et Bénédict: Ah! Je vais l'aimer by Hector Berlioz
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1860-1862 ; France
5. Don Carlo: Fontainebleau! Foresta immensa e solitaria!... Io la vida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ;
6. La dame blanche: Maintenant, observons Viens, gentille dame by François Boieldieu
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Paris, France
7. La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Written: 1843 ;
8. Roméo et Juliette: Ah! lève-toi, soleil by Charles Gounod
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867 ; France
9. Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
10. Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
11. Dom Sébastien: Deserto in terra by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; France
12. Manon: Toi! Vous! Oui... c'est moi! by Jules Massenet
Performer: Diana Damrau (Soprano), Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
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