September 05, 2023

Piotr Beczala and Helmut Deutsch Explore Deeper Layers in ‘Romances’

“Violent emotions and glorious vocals score the highest praise in ‘Romances’.

Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky Romances, performed by Piotr Beczala and Helmut Deutsch, received an outstanding 5-star review from de Gelderlander.

Beczala pays great attention to sound and diction and responds optimally to Deutsch’s crosses. The pianist in turn breathes along with the singer. Russian is a piece of cake for the Polish tenor. He provides his appearance with a sunny southern accent. The soloist also does not hide his opera background. Together with the pianist, Beczala taps into deeper layers in even the most modest song. In a glorious voice that is

Special is the emotion that speaks from the song ‘So what?’ In his own text, the composer challenges his (male?) lover to kill him, as long as he does so with love. Fiercely. Things are calmer in the romantic poem ‘It was in the early spring’ by Count Tolstoy. However, there is also a lot to read between the lines here. Wonderful how Beczala and Deutsch suggestively fill in their games.

Maarten-Jan Dongelmans

Read the full review HERE.