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Bel Raggio: Rossini Arias

Aleksandra Kurzak, Sinfonia Varsovia, Pier Giorgio Morandi

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"Editor's Choice ... graceful, finished phrasing and an apparently effortless coloratura technique ... alive to verbal nuance and using coloratura not merely as a vote-catching circus trick, but to enhance character."
- Gramophone

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Semiramide: Act 1  
1
"Bel raggio lusinghier"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
7:25
William Tell: Act 2  
2
"S'allontanano alfin!....Selva opaca, deserta brughiera"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
8:34
Tancredi (Ed. Philip Gossett): Act 2  
3
"Gran Dio! Deh, tu proteggi il mio prode campion... Giusto Dio che umile adoro"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
8:23
Matilde di Shabran (Critical Edition by Jürgen Selk): Act 2  
4
"Ami alfine? E chi non ama?...Tace la tromba altera"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
8:30
Le siège de Corinthe: Act 3  
5
"L'ora fatal s'appressa...Giusto ciel"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
5:43
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Act 1  
6
"Dunque io son... tu non m'inganni?"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Artur Ruciński; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
5:12
Sigismondo (Ed. Paolo Pinamonti)  
7
"O tranquillo soggiorno...Ogetto amabile"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
8:49
Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra (Ed. V. Borghetti): Act 1  
8
"Sento un’interna voce"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
6:02
Il Turco in Italia (Critical Edition by Margaret Bent): Act 2  
9
"I vostri cenci vi mando... Squallida veste, e bruna… Caro padre, madre amata"
Gioacchino Rossini; Aleksandra Kurzak; Artur Ruciński; Sinfonia Varsovia; Pier Giorgio Morandi
9:42
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    68:20
"Kurzak has a technique which dazzles just as vividly as her engaging stage presence ... from its initial spin, this disc left me in a blissful state of uncritical delight ... Kurzak draws great drama and meaning from the texts ... simply outstanding."
- International Record Review

For her second album Bel Raggio, Polish-born soprano Aleksandra Kurzak performs bel canto classics of Rossini, accompanied by the Sinfonia Varsovia and Pier Giorgio Morandi. This programme contains highlights from several of the pieces which remain at the heart of Kurzak's stage repertoire.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Decca Music Group Studio Masters

Executive Producer: Alexander Van Ingen
Recording Producer: Christopher Alder
Recording Engineer: Philip Siney
Assistant Recording Engineer: Ewa Guzio/lek-Tubelewicz
Production Coordinator: Joanne Baines
Recording Location: Lutosławski Concert Studio (Polskie Radio), Warsaw, 16–20 July 2012
Language Coach: Paola Larini
Critical Editions: Philip Gossett (Tancredi); Jürgen Selk (Matilde di Shabran);
Paolo Pinamonti (Sigismondo); Vincenzo Borghetti (Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra); Margaret Bent (Il turco in Italia)
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Ricordi S.r.l. (Tancredi; Matilde di Shabran; Sigismondo; Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra; Il turco in Italia)
Booklet Editing: WLP Ltd
Introductory Note and Translations © 2013 Decca Music Group Limited
Sung Text Translations © 1982 (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Phonogram International BV Baarn;
© 1992 Philips Classics (Il turco in Italia); © 2006 Susannah Howe (Matilde di Shabran English); © 2006 David Ylla-Somers (Matilde di Shabran French); © 2006 (Matilde di Shabran German), 2013 (Semiramide; Guglielmo Tell; Tancredi; L’assedio di Corinto; Sigismondo; Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra) Decca Music Group Limited
All Photos: Decca/Aldona Karczmarczyk
Art Direction: Georgina Curtis for WLP Ltd

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