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A slightly frustrating source of much pleasure,
This review is from: Slavic Opera Arias - Piotr Beczala (Audio CD)
I missed Beczala's debut album, so when an opera loving friend recommended this to me with the comment, 'He may be the finest lyric tenor in the world today' I was initially somewhat sceptical: we have heard that kind of claim before. But I can see the reason for making it. The voice, considered purely as an instrument, is of considerable beauty. It is even throughout its entire range, it has a gloriously open quality and listening to it gives much pleasure. The frustration lies not with Beczala, but with Orfeo's failure to provide libretti with translations. A good part of the joy of many operas lies in the way the music illuminates the words, so what the singer does with the words is of crucial importance. Where it is possible to locate a libretto and translation for these items we discover the Beczala sings with great intelligence and is a vivid communicator. Indeed, that old warhorse, Lensky's aria from Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin comes up as fresh as paint. He is, presumably, just as communicative in the pieces where no words are easily traceable. But although it doesn't inhibit a 5 star recommendation (others may feel differently) Orfeo do themselves no favours with this omission.