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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tenor in Pole Positioin, 13 Mar 2012
This review is from: Slavic Opera Arias - Piotr Beczala (Audio CD)
Piotr Beczala must be the tenor of the century! There are plenty other tenors who have come to the fore in the Twenty First century, but has any of them such a ravishingly beautiful voice? He cannot compare with Juan Diego Florez in floral music - but who can? He may not have the high register above top C, like the latter or Marcelo Giordano or even the other Marcello (Alvarez), but they sound light-weight next to Piotr. Compare his singing with Rolando Villizon and his voice is so much fuller, rounder, and more "Italianate". He chooses his roles wisely and this selection of Slavic arias is sheer delight. There are two or three favourites known in the Western world and lots of others that soon become personal favourites. Most are lyric roles but one or two show his potential as a dramatic tenor. All show a thoroughly schooled and discriminating singer. Raoul Jimenez, Jose Cura, Johan Botha and Joseph Calleja are all excellent in their own repertoire, not to forget that admirable Chinese artist Yu Chang Dai, but for sheer beauty of voice, faultless technique and seamless legato Piotr is my man! Listen to the beautiful pianissimos on cut one, cut eight etc., and you will have to reach back to Gedda, Tagliavini or Gigli to find a comparison. Of course, singing is a very subjective art, but I would find the comments of other listeners of great interest.
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