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The French Collection - opera arias by Berlioz, Gounod, Massenet, Verdi / Piotr Beczala, tenor with Diana Damrau, soprano

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid
>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24
>Berlioz, Hector : Béatrice et Bénédict
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>Boieldieu, François-Adrien : La Dame blanche
>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita
>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Fanfare Magazine
Beczala brings white-hot intensity to conflicted characters like des Grieux (Manon), Werther, and in particular Don JosT (try the beautifully judged diminuendo at the end of the famous 'Flower song', where many tenors simply power on through, and see if the hairs on your neck don't prickle!)...a delightful aria from Boieldieu's La dame blanche shows him to be no slouch in florid high-wire territory.

The Telegraph, 29th March 2015
He is a meticulous singer, who eschews vulgarity or grandstanding: the score is always honoured, sometimes at the expense of spontaneous passion...but you don't often hear the "Flower Song" from Bizet's Carmen sung so impeccably.

Sunday Times, 8th March 2015
After Roberto Alagna, and possibly Jonas Kaufmann, there is no more charismatic French operatic hero today than the Polish tenor...He impresses in his core roles from Faust, Werther and Manon.

The world-leading tenor Piotr Beczala records his first solo operatic album with Deutsche Grammophon, a collection of best-loved arias all connected to France or Paris. He is joined by the German star soprano Diana Damrau. The album contains famous arias from Berlioz, Gounod, Massenet, Verdi and others. During the course of 2015, Beczala will be performing in market at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2015
Crucially, his linguistic abilities are up to the challenge, and throughout the recital his French proves genuinely idiomatic. So does his appreciation of French style, with its important focus on declamation of the text as a fundamental...This pays huge dividends. A wide variety of dynamics and some thrilling top notes bring him success as Massenet's doomed Romantic poet.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Anyone who loves a fine tenor and this music should own this. It comes with texts of all the scenes and a fairly good essay about Beczala and the French style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Lyon, Auditorium Maurice Ravel (08/2014).



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>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Toute mon âme est là! / Pourquoi me réveiller
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Le Cid :: Ah! tout est bien fini!... O Souverain, ô juge, ô père
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Notes: Composition written: Spain.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Berlioz, Hector : La damnation de Faust, Op. 24 :: Merci, doux crépuscule!
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 11/1845-10/1846

>Berlioz, Hector : Béatrice et Bénédict :: Ah! je vais l'aimer
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 08/1860-02/1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Fontainebleau! Forêt immense... Je l'ai vue, et dans son sourire
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Boieldieu, François-Adrien : La Dame blanche :: Maintenant observons... Viens, gentille dame
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Running Time: 9 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1825

>Donizetti, Gaetano : La Favorita :: Ange si pur
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1840

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: L'amour! l'amour!... Ah! lève-toi, soleil!
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Notes: Composition written: 1865-71.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Salut! demeure chaste et pure
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Dom Sébastien, roi de Portugal :: Seul sur la terre... Ange céleste
  • Performer: Piotr Beczala (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Notes: Composition written: 1843.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Toi! Vous! -Oui, c'est moi... N'est-ce plus ma main
  • Performers: Piotr Beczala (Tenor); Diana Damrau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Alain Altinoglu
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883