Jussi Bjorling in Copenhagen (1959)
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Cat No: JSP682
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 8th April 2016
ArtistsJussi Bjorling (tenor)
ArtistsJussi Bjorling (tenor)
Björling was a child prodigy. With his father David and his brothers he was part of the Björling Quartet which toured Sweden from 1922. He evolved into a solo artist, performing mainly in Scandinavia, although he made pre-war appearances in both England and the US. His first adult concert outside Sweden was in Copenhagen in 1931, resulting in his becoming equally beloved in Denmark.
Throughout WW2 his Swedish nationality gave him neutral status, and he continued to perform in Denmark, to rapturous reception - his presence is generally held to have helped Danish morale. In 1945, he was one of the first European stars to perform in the US.
Although many of his performances were recorded, nothing from Denmark seemed to have survived. That was until his very last Danish appearance - the 1959 concert presented here - was recently found. To say the least, it fully substantiates his stellar reputation.
“Now the Jussi Björling Society USA unveils an undiscovered Björling treasure - a Copenhagen recital from October 15,1959. According to Sue Plaster, speaking on behalf of the Society, the recording brought to light by British collector John Haley, has just been released on the JSP label, with the engineering entrusted to the estimable Seth B. Winner and CD booklet essays by Harald Henrysson and Opera News contributor Stephen Hastings.” – Opera News (www.operanews.com)
Mozart - Die Zauberflöte (Act 1): Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (sung in Swedish)
Brahms - Die Mainacht
Liszt - Es muss ein Wunderbares sein
Wolf - Verborgenheit
Schubert - Die Forelle / Die schöne Müllerin: Die böse Farbe
Bizet - Carmen (Act 2): La fleur que tu m’avais jetée (Flower Song)
Björling announces Peterson-Berger song as substitute for that originally programmed
Peterson-Berger - Jungfrun under Lind
Alfvén - Skogen Sover
Sibelius - Demanten På Marssnön / Säv, Säv, Susa
Grieg - En Svane / Ein Traum (sung in Norwegian)
Giordano - Andrea Chénier (Act 4): Come un bel dì di Maggio
Tosti - Ideale / Richard Strauss - Zueignung
Opening announcements & Firestone - If I Could Tell You
Speaks - Sylvia (with chorus)
Puccini - Turandot (Act 3): Nessun dorma
Tosti - L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra
Herbert - The Princess Pat: Neapolitan Love Song (with Chorus)
Firestone - In My Garden and concluding announcements
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