Remembering Jussi | Simax PSC1338

Remembering Jussi

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Label: Simax

Cat No: PSC1338

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 9th March 2015

Contents

Works

Giordano, Umberto

Fedora
» Amor ti vieta (Act 2)

Grieg, Edvard

Melodies of the heart (4), op.5
» no.3 Jeg elsker dig (I love but thee)
Songs (6), op.25
» no.2 En svane
» no.3 Stambogsrim
Songs (6), op.48
» no.6 En drom (A dream)

Nordqvist, Gustav

Till havs

Puccini, Giacomo

La Boheme
» Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen) (Act 1)
Madama Butterfly
» Addio fiorito assil
Tosca
» E lucevan le stelle (Act 3)
Turandot
» Nessun dorma (Act 2)

Rascel, Renato

Arrivederci Roma

Sibelius, Jean

Songs (5), op.37
» no.5 Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote (The girl returned from meeting her lover)

Sjoberg, Carl

Tonerna

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria'

Artists

Bror Magnus Todenes (tenor)
Havard Gimse (piano)
Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Conductor

Ingar Bergby

Works

Giordano, Umberto

Fedora
» Amor ti vieta (Act 2)

Grieg, Edvard

Melodies of the heart (4), op.5
» no.3 Jeg elsker dig (I love but thee)
Songs (6), op.25
» no.2 En svane
» no.3 Stambogsrim
Songs (6), op.48
» no.6 En drom (A dream)

Nordqvist, Gustav

Till havs

Puccini, Giacomo

La Boheme
» Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen) (Act 1)
Madama Butterfly
» Addio fiorito assil
Tosca
» E lucevan le stelle (Act 3)
Turandot
» Nessun dorma (Act 2)

Rascel, Renato

Arrivederci Roma

Sibelius, Jean

Songs (5), op.37
» no.5 Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote (The girl returned from meeting her lover)

Sjoberg, Carl

Tonerna

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Eugene Onegin, op.24
» Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria'

Artists

Bror Magnus Todenes (tenor)
Havard Gimse (piano)
Norwegian Radio Orchestra

Conductor

Ingar Bergby

About

At the age of just 21, only four years after taking up singing as a career, the exciting tenor Bror Magnus Tødenes makes his recording debut with this tremendous album devoted to the musical legacy of the great Swedish soloist Jussi Björling.

‘Remembering Jussi’ features Bror Magnus performing songs and arias by, amongst others, Puccini, Grieg, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Bizet. He is accompanied by well-known pianist Håvard Gimse, an outstanding partner in several Nordic songs, and by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Ingar Bergby.

When this album was released in Norway in November 2014, Bror Magnus Tødenes’s extraordinary talent was immediately recognised with a nomination for a “Spellemanpris” – the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammys.

The highly-talented young tenor Bror Magnus Tødenes studies at the Conservatorio di Musica St Cecilia Roma, immersing himself in the Italian opera and Bel Canto style with the likes of Professor Elizabeth Norberg-Schultz. He has also been accepted onto the Young Artist Programme at the Salzburg Festival for 2015. Alongside the great Swedish tenor Jussi Björling, Bror Magnus also cites Enrico Caruso and Beniamino Gigli as major inspirations when it comes to the performance of great arias in the Italian repertoire.

Several Puccini arias form an important part of the programme presented here by Bror Magnus Tødenes. In addition, the disc features a sparkling version of ‘Arrividerci Roma’ (made famous by the legendary Mario Lanza) as well as several Nordic songs: two by Sibelius, four by Grieg, and two Swedish songs, ‘Tonerna’ and ‘Till Havs’ which were regularly performed by Jussi Björling.

With a background of playing guitar in pop/rock bands, and piano, Bror Magnus arrived at music high-school where to his dismay he also had to take singing lessons. When the teacher heard Bror Magnus’s voice, she was totally overwhelmed. She challenged him to audition as a singer onto the Talent Program at the Music Department in Trondheim (NTNU). If he got in, which he was sure he wouldn’t, he promised her he would focus on singing classical music. And now the young man from Selvåg, on the remote fjord-lined coastline of mid-western Norway, is beginning to forge a remarkable career in the classical arena – much to his own surprise.

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