Composer(s):
Conductor(s):
Genre(s):
Choral - Sacred; Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C865131A
Barcode:
4011790865126
Release Date:
06/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Verdi

The internationally renowned tenor Piotr Beczala celebrates the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth with a collection of highlights that include the roles in which he has for years been acclaimed on the world’s great operatic stages. Piotr Beczala
Piotr Beczala
Foto: Johannes Ifkovits
This new CD with Beczala and the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Lukas Borowicz goes one step further, however. For besides roles for which he is famous, such as the Duke in Rigoletto or Alfredo in La traviata (in which Beczala has enjoyed equal success at the Met, in Covent Garden and at the Bavarian State Opera), Beczala here offers rarities and arias that were ground-breaking at the time. Thus he sings Radamès’s opening aria from Aïda, striking the exact balance necessary between the drama and the interiority of expression that makes this romance (and indeed the whole role) as charming as it is difficult. The same is true of the role of Manrico in Il trovatore. Beczala does not just sing his aria “Ah sì, ben mio” on this CD, but also his big scene with Azucena from the second part of the opera. His partner here is Ewa Podleś, whose dark yet brilliant contralto voice offers a fascinating contrast to Beczala’s ever-radiant, well-focussed tenor. The recording closes with the friendship duet from Don Carlo, which Beczala crowns with a superb top C. Here, he is partnered by the baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as Posa, who thereby adds another beautiful vocal timbre to the recording. In arias from Macbeth and Un ballo in maschera from the more melancholy side of the repertoire, Beczala utilizes to the full the possibilities they offer for subtle shadings. Since his spectacular debut at the Lindenoper in Berlin and a première at the Zurich Opera that was his home for many years, this Polish tenor has been virtually synonymous with the protagonist of Un ballo in maschera. Beczala changes genre for the “Ingemisco” from Verdi’s Requiem (unless one shares the opinion that this requiem mass is in fact Verdi’s best “opera”), in which he brings to expression the trajectory from humility to hope that is intrinsic to it. Variety is also guaranteed by the selection of tenor arias from rarely performed Verdi operas such as Les vêpres siciliennes and I Lombardi alla prima crociata, in which Piotr Beczala once again demonstrates the lissom elegance of his phrasing.


Rigoletto, Act II: Ella mi fu rapita! … Parmi veder
1.     Rigoletto, Act II: Ella mi fu rapita! … Parmi veder
05:15
I vespri siciliani, Act IV: C'est Guy de Montfort … Ô jour de peine (Sung in French)
2.     I vespri siciliani, Act IV: C'est Guy de Montfort - Ô jour de peine (Sung in French)
09:03
Il trovatore (excerpts)
3.     Act II: Soli or siamo! - Codotta ell'era in ceppi
06:15
4.     Act II: Non son tuo figlio? - Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto - Inoltra il pie
10:07
5.     Act III: Ah! si, ben mio
03:07
I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Act II: La mia letizia infondere
6.     I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Act II: La mia letizia infondere
01:56
Aida, Act I: Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida
7.     Aida, Act I: Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida
04:46
La traviata, Act II: Lunge da lei … De' miei bollenti spiriti … O mio rimorso
8.     La traviata, Act II: Lunge da lei - De' miei bollenti spiriti - O mio rimorso
06:56
Macbeth, Act IV: O figli, o figli miei! … Ah, la paterna mano
9.     Macbeth, Act IV: O figli, o figli miei! - Ah, la paterna mano
03:33
Messa da Requiem: Ingemisco
10.     Messa da Requiem: Ingemisco
03:55
Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Forse la soglia attinse … Ma se m'è forza perderti
11.     Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Forse la soglia attinse - Ma se m'e forza perderti
05:24
Don Carlo, Act I: È lui! desso, l'Infante! … Dio, che nell'alma infondere
12.     Don Carlo, Act I: E lui! Desso … l'Infante! - Dio, che nell'alma infondere
06:30

Total Playing Time: 01:06:47