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Piotr Beczala sings Zankel Hall / New York Times review

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The Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has developed an ardent fan base in recent years. That much was evident from the adoring capacity crowd that turned out for his recital debut at Zankel Hall on Friday with the pianist Martin Katz. The program of songs by Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak and the fin-de-siècle Polish composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz beautifully showcased his rich, virile voice, with its appealingly dark undertow.

The Slavic selections, with their congenital melancholy mixed with defiance, proved a particularly good fit for Mr. Beczala's style. Nobody does plangent as well, or as tastefully. On certain words he pushes his voice to the edge of a sob, where it gives off a glint of molten metal.   READ THE FULL New York Times REVIEW