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Not the best Verdian singing, but still better than most top tenors' outings.,
This review is from: Verdi Arias - Piotr Beczala (Audio CD)
I name no names on those 'failed' Verdian tenors in the 21st century. We all know who they are.
Alas, Beczala met with harsh demands when he recorded this album in the 200th centenary year of Verdi.
The excerpts are demanding ones - it is a very substantial programme, and Beczala never took any chance to 'back down' on the programme's demands. The cabaletta's contain ALL the top notes that singers like Calleja chose to shy away from.
In terms of characterisation, Beczala is a very seasoned interpretor, way different from Joseph Calleja's melodious but monochromatic outputs in this genre. And even if pushing, Beczala has more in stock to 'push from' than Rolando Villazon's heavily bleached timbre.
So, the choice is - for a mellifluously characterless reading, a emotive but unfocused reading, or a less than refined but cogent interpretation?
Not even Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect Verdian tenor. Some how, we do not have a Carlo Bergonzi or a Luciano Pavarotti in our operatic era, nor even a Jose Carreras, for this matter.
So Beczala is about the one operaphiles look up to. And they are by and large correct.