July 24, 2010 1:53 am

Piotr Beczala: Slavic Opera Arias

Piotr Beczala

Slavic Opera Arias

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Andrew Clark

(Orfeo)

3 star rating

 

Beczala has become a welcome guest at Covent Garden in recent seasons, excelling as Rodolfo (La bohème) and in the title role of Faust. In this recital, recorded in his native Poland, he sticks to the east European music that has moulded his finely bladed tenor, finding ample character and variety in a well-balanced programme.

Next to favourite arias from The Queen of Spades, Eugene Onegin and The Bartered Bride are jewels from little-known Polish composers (Nowowiejski, Moniuszko) and a string of Russian rarities.

Beczala’s open-throated vocalism suggests his ultimate destination may be dramatic tenor repertory.

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