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Verdi: Requiem Mass & Te Deum

Verdi: Requiem Mass & Te Deum


Verdi:

Requiem

Zinka Milanov (soprano), Bruna Castagna (mezzo), Jussi Björling (tenor), Nicola Moscona (bass)

Quattro Pezzi Sacri: Te Deum


NBC Symphony & Westminster Choir, Arturo Toscanini

Originally released in 1986, this set was one of our classical best sellers for well over a decade, and was reissued in improved sound in 2003 due to popular demand. Harvey Sachs writes in his liner notes “Performances of the Verdi Requiem often emphasize the work’s dramatic aspects to the detriment of its lyricism, or vice-versa. Here, Toscanini balances these elements completely convincingly…we are unlikely to hear a more overwhelming performance of the work than this.

“For a conductor famous for incandescence and relentless intensity, this account of the Requiem, from a Carnegie Hall concert of November 23, 1940, is most remarkable for its lyrical beauty and its breadth” Sunday Times, 10th March 2013

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Jussi Björling Live

Jussi Björling Live

Broadcast Concerts 1937-1960


Adam:

O Holy Night

Recorded 20th December 1954

Alfvén:

Skogen sover, Op. 28 No. 6

Recorded 11th April 1949

Jag längtar dig (Text: Ernest Thiel)

Recorded 5th August 1960

Althen:

Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)

Recorded 25th May 1952

Flotow:

M'appari (from Martha)

Recorded 19th November 1945

Foster, S:

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Recorded 19th November 1945

I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair

Recorded 7th November 1949

Geehl:

For You Alone

Recorded 21st January 1946

For You Alone

Recorded 8th January 1951

Giordano, U:

Come un bel dì di maggio (from Andrea Chénier)

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Glover:

Rose of Tralee

Recorded 12th March 1951

Godard, B:

Cachès dans cet asile (Jocelyn)

Recorded 25th March 1946; sung in English

Cachès dans cet asile (Jocelyn)

Recorded 11th August 1949; sung in English

Gounod:

Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre… Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Anna-Lisa Björling (soprano)

Nuit d'hyménée from Roméo et Juliette

Recorded 30th September 1951

Bidú Sayão (soprano)

Prison Scene (from Faust)

Recorded 5th December 1937; Björling sings in Swedish

Grieg:

Jeg Elsker Deg, Op. 41 No. 3

Recorded 25th March 1946

Hardelot:

Because

Recorded 25th March 1946

Herbert, V:

Neapolitan Love Song

Recorded 25th March 1946

Neapolitan Love Song

Recorded 4th April 1949

Leoncavallo:

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Recorded 16th February 1951

Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'

Recorded 15th March 1948

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Mascagni:

Addio alla madre (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Recorded 4th April 1949

Massenet:

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Recorded 19th November 1945

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)

Recorded 15th March 1948

Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)

Recorded 8th January 1951

Meyerbeer:

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis (from L'Africaine)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Millöcker:

Ich hab' kein Geld, bin vogelfrei (from Der Bettelstudent)

Recorded 25th May 1952; sung in Swedish

Morgan, O:

Clorinda

Recorded 15th March 1948

Nordqvist:

Till havs (Towards the Sea)

Recorded 20th December 1954

Peterson-Berger:

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 12th May 1946

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 11th April 1949

Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)

Recorded 8th January 1951

När jag för mig själv (When I Walk by Myself)

Recorded 20th December 1954

Ponchielli:

Cielo e mar! (from La Gioconda)

Recorded 30th September 1951

Puccini:

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 25th September 1949

Licia Albanese (soprano)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 23rd October 1949

Anna-Lisa Björling (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Recorded 30th September 1951

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 7th November 1949

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Recorded 8th January 1951

O sventata, sventata (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Si, mi chiamano Mimi (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Recorded 30th January 1956

Renata Tebaldi (soprano)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Rachmaninov:

Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5

Recorded 15th March 1948

V molchanii nochi taynoy, Op. 4 No. 3

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Rangström:

Tristans död

Recorded 11th April 1949

Romberg, S:

Will You Remember (from Maytime)

Recorded 21st January 1946

Schubert:

An Sylvia, D891

sung in English; recorded 19th November 1945

Ständchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4

Recorded 4th April 1949

Sjögren:

I drömmen du är mig nära

Recorded 11th April 1949

Söderman:

Trollsjön

Recorded 11th April 1949

Trollsjön

Recorded 25th May 1952

Strauss, R:

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Recorded 7th November 1949

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Recorded 23rd October 1950

Tchaikovsky:

Kuda, Kuda 'Lensky's Aria' (from Eugene Onegin)

Recorded 5th August 1960; sung in Swedish

Tosti:

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Recorded 30th September 1951

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Recorded 11th April 1949

Verdi:

Quel suon…Ah! Che la morte ognora (from Il Trovatore)

Recorded 21st January 1946

Eleanor Steber (soprano)

Solenne in quest'ora (from La Forza del Destino)

Recorded 5th December 1937

Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Recorded 12th March 1951

Wagner:

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Recorded 20th December 1954

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Recorded 5th August 1960; sung in Swedish


This month is an excellent one for Björling fans. This collection is a treasury of rare performances from the US and Sweden and includes previously unreleased material. There is commentary and interviews, as well as Art and popular songs, Arias and duets and there are many guest artists such as Licia Albanese, Anna Lisa Björling and Renata Tebaldi.

“Björling recorded [Lensky's aria] many times but never, I think, so poignantly as here. As a prologue to this year's centenary celebrations the album is a worthy offering and this track an especially moving example of the great tenor's art at its best.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Verdi: Il Trovatore


Stella Roman (Leonora); Leonard Warren (Il Conte di Luna); Margaret Harshaw (Azucena); Jussi Björling (Manrico); Giacomo Vaghi (Ferrando); Lodovico Oliviero (Ruiz); Inge Manski (Ines) & John Baker (gypsy)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Emil Cooper

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Jussi Björling in Two Puccini Operas

Jussi Björling in Two Puccini Operas

La Boheme and Manon Lescaut: Live Performances from the Met (1948 & 1956)


Puccini:

Manon Lescaut

31st March 1956

Licia Albanese (Manon), Jussi Björling (Des Grieux), Frank Guarrera (Lescaut), Fernando Corena (Geronte), Thomas Hayward (Edmondo), George Cehanovsky (Innkeeper), James McCracken (Lamplighter)

Giuseppe Antonicelli

La Bohème

25th December 1948

Bidú Sayão (Mimi), Jussi Björling (Rodolfo), Mimi Benzell (Musetta), Frank Valentino (Marcello), George Cehanovsky (Schaunard), Nicola Moscona (Colline), Salvatore Baccaloni (Benoit/Alcindoro), Anthony Marlowe (Parpignol)

Dimitri Mitropoulos


Jussi Björling (tenor)

Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra

Digitally restored by Ward Marston in 2008

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis & Choral Fantasia

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis & Choral Fantasia


Beethoven:

Missa Solemnis in D major, Op. 123

Zinka Milanov (soprano), Bruna Castagna (mezzo), Jussi Björling (tenor), Alexander Kipnis (bass)

Fantasia for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra in C minor, Op. 80

Ania Dorfman (piano)


"I can think of no better introduction to Toscanini for a listener who is curious to know why so many considered him the greatest conductor of his time.”

--William H. Youngren in The Christian Science Monitor

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