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Bel Raggio: Rossini Arias / Aleksandra Kurzak, soprano; Artur Rucinski, baritone; Morandi, Sinfonia Varsovia

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Matilde di Shabran, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Sigismondo
>Rossini, Gioachino : Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

For her second album, Bel raggio, Aleksandra Kurzak focuses on the bel canto classics of Rossini; offering a beguiling mix of the virtuosic, the lyrical, and the comic. Joining her are Sinfonia Varsovia and Pier Giorgio Morandi.

The program contains highlights from Le comte Ory, La donna del algo, La zza ladra, Guglielmo Tell, Semiramide, Il turco in Italia, and more, pieces which remain at the heart of her stage repertoire.

Her 2012/13 season sees her returning to Covent Garden for L'elisir d'amore, followed by performances in La traviata (Frankfurt and Warsaw), as Gilda in Rigoletto (Zurich), Marie in La fille du regiment (Vienna) and Adina in L'elisir d'amore (Barcelona).

In December 2012 she released a hugely successful Christmas album in her native Poland which has shipped platinum.

Bloomberg.com
Kurzak is a coloratura specialist, and shines in Rossini's florid music... she sings up a storm. It's clear that she adores dishing out all the tricks of the coloratura trade, and shoes it superbly. Runs, trills, roulades, extra ornaments - you name it, she'll fling them out easily, and do so with infectious joy ... an electrifying voice.

The Independent
... this is Kurzak's evening... so convincing is she that when she makes a feint at the stalls, people in the front row instinctively cower in fright. Her coloratura is smooth and accurate, and he tone can turn from silk to steel in a flash; she's both a consummate farceuse and a commanding vocal presence.

For her second album, Bel raggio, Aleksandra Kurzak focuses on the bel canto classics of Rossini; offering a beguiling mix of the virtuosic, the lyrical, and the comic. Joining her are Sinfonia Varsovia and Pier Giorgio Morandi.

The program contains highlights from Le comte Ory, La donna del lago, La gazza ladra, Guglielmo Tell, Semiramide, Il Turco in Italia, and more, pieces which remain at the heart of her stage repertoire.

Her 2012/13 season sees her returning to Covent Garden for L'elisir d'amore, followed by performances in La traviata (Frankfurt and Warsaw), as Gilda in Rigoletto (Zurich), Marie in La fille du regiment (Vienna) and Adina in L'elisir d'amore (Barcelona).

In December 2012 she released a hugely successful Christmas album in her native Poland which has shipped platinum.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
Graceful, finished phrasing and an apparently effortless coloratura technique...Without over-egging the pudding, Kurzak acts vividly for a 'blind' audience, alive to verbal nuance and using coloratura not merely as a vote-catching circus trick, but to enhance character.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
This lady is a superb coloratura. Over and over she produces immaculately clean, clear, controlled runs. Ms Kurzak is accompanied ably by the Sinfonia Varsovia led by Pier Giorgio Morandi. In the Barber and Turco excerpts, she is joined by baritone Artur Rucinski, who sings well in his small assignments.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Wars (07/16/2012-07/20/2012).



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>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide, opera :: Act 1. Bel raggio lusinghier
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Warsaw Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera :: Act 2. S'allontanano alfin!... Selva opaca, deserta brughiera
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1829

>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi, opera :: Act 2. Gran Dio! Deh, tu proteggi il mio prode campion... Giusto Dio che umile adoro
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Matilde di Shabran, opera :: Act 2. Ami alfine? E chi non ama?... Tace la tromba altera
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1821

>Rossini, Gioachino : Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera :: Act 3. L'ora fatal s'appressa... Giusto ciel
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1826

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Act 1. Dunque io son... tu non m'inganni?
  • Performers: Aleksandra Kurzak; Artur Rucinski (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Sigismondo :: O tranquillo soggiorno... Ogetto amabile
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1814

>Rossini, Gioachino : Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera :: Act 1. Sento un'interna voce
  • Performer: Aleksandra Kurzak
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1815

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), opera :: Act 2. I vostri cenci vi mando... Squallida veste, e bruna. Caro padre, madre am
  • Performers: Aleksandra Kurzak; Artur Rucinski (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Pier Morandi
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Notes: Witold Lutoslawski Concert Studio of Polish Radio, Warsaw, Poland (07/16/2012-07/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1814