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ICON: JUSSI BJORLING - THE SWEDISH CARUSO

$ 19.99 $ 34.11

This 5 CD set covers the best of Björling’s EMI solo recordings and includes highlights from the three complete operas:

CD 1 contains Opera and Oratorio Arias and Songs in their original language recorded between 1936 and 1941.

CD 2 covers similar repertoire from 1941 to 1950.

CD 3 goes back to the period from 1929 when Björling was still a local Swedish artist and recorded all his material in Swedish. The CD opens with the two recently discovered test recordings that Björling made for EMI Sweden on 4 September 1929: ‘For You Alone’ and ‘Mattinata’, both sung in Swedish.

CD 4 contains a selection of Lieder and Songs, all sung in their original language, recorded between 1939 and 1959.

CD 5 contains a generous selection of highlights from Björling’s three complete EMI operas: La bohème, Pagliacci and Madama Butterfly. He is partnered in all three recordings by the soprano Victoria de los Angeles. All tracks, except those from Pagliacci and Madama Butterfly on CD 5, have been transferred and digitally remastered at Abbey Road Studios from the best available source material in the EMI Archives by the award-winning audio restoration engineer Andrew Walter.

Adam:
O, helga natt
Alfvén:
Saa tag mit Hjerte (Text: Tove Ditlevsen)
Althen:
Land, du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)
Atterberg:
Fanal: Final Scene
Beach, A:
Ah, Love, but a day! Op. 44, No. 2
Beethoven:
Adelaide, Op. 46
Bizet:
La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)
Je crois entendre encore (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)
Campbell-Tipton:
A Spirit Flower
Capua:
O sole mio
Cilea:
È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)
Donizetti:
Una furtiva lagrima (from L'elisir d'amore)
Flotow:
M'appari (from Martha)
Foster, S:
I Dream of Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
Friml:
Only A Rose (from The Vagabond King)
Geehl:
For You Alone
Giordano, U:
Come un bel dì di maggio (from Andrea Chénier)
Amor ti vieta (from Fedora)
Godard, B:
Berceuse from Jocelyn
Gounod:
Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre… Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)
L'amour, l'amour... Ah, lève-toi soleil (from Roméo et Juliette)
De grâce demeurez… Ange adorable (Roméo et Juliette)
Hardelot:
Because
Leoncavallo:
Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)
Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'
I Pagliacci: excerpts
Victoria de los Angeles (Nedda), Leonard Warren (Tonio), Paul Franke (Beppe), Robert Merrill (Silvio)
Mascagni:
Mamma, quel vino (from Cavalleria Rusticana)
O Lola, ch'ai di latti la cammisa (from Cavalleria Rusticana)
Massenet:
Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux (from Manon)
Je suis seul, seul enfin... Ah fuyez douce image (from Manon)
Meyerbeer:
Mi batte il cor … O paradiso (from L'Africana)
Millöcker:
Soll ich redden…Ich setz’ den Fall (from Der Bettelstudent)
Sung in Swedish
Ich hab' kein Geld, bin vogelfrei (from Der Bettelstudent)
Sung in Swedish
Nordqvist:
Bön I ofredstid (Prayer in Time of War)
Bisp Thomas frihetssång (Bishop Thomas' Song of Freedom)
Till havs (Towards the Sea)
Offenbach:
Le jugement de Pâris - Au Mont Ida (from La Belle Hélène)
Peterson-Berger:
När jag för mig själv (When I Walk by Myself)
Bland skogens höga furustammar (Among the High Fir-Trees in the Forest)
Jungfrun under lind (Ernst von der Recke)
Ponchielli:
Cielo e mar! (from La Gioconda)
Puccini:
Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)
Recondita armonia (from Tosca)
E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)
Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano (from La Fanciulla del West)
O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)
Hjödis Schymberg (Mimi)
Nessun dorma (from Turandot)
Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)
Recondita armonia (from Tosca)
E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)
La Bohème (highlights)
Victoria de los Angeles (Mimi), Lucine Amara (Musetta), Robert Merrill (Marcello), John Reardon (Schaunard), Giorgio Tozzi (Colline)
Madama Butterfly (highlights)
Victoria de los Angeles (Butterfly), Miriam Pirazzini (Suzuki), Mario Sereni (Sharpless), Piero de Palma (Goro)
Rachmaninov:
In the silence of the secret night, Op. 4 No. 3
Lilacs, Op. 21 No. 5
Rimsky Korsakov:
Song of the Hindu Guest (from Sadko)
Rossini:
Stabat Mater: Cujus animam gementem
Salén:
Sången till havet (Song to the Sea)
Visa kring slånblom och månskära (Song of Blackthorn and Crescent Moon)
Schrader, M:
Sommarnatt (Summer Night)
Sibelius:
Demanten på marssnön, Op. 36 No. 6 (Wecksell)
Sjöberg:
Tonerna (text: Erik Gustaf Geijer)
Söderman:
Kung Heimer och Aslög (Text: Frans Hedberg)
Trollsjön
Speaks:
Sylvia
Stenhammar:
Sverige (Sweden)
Strauss, J, II:
Wer uns getraut? (from Der Zigeunerbaron)
Sung in Swedish
Strauss, R:
Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4
Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2
Tosti:
Ideale
L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra
Verdi:
Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)
La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)
Ingemisco (from Requiem)
Ah sì ben mio (from Il trovatore)
(two recordings)
Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)
(two recordings)
Questa o quella (from Rigoletto)
(two recordings)
Di' tu se fedele (from Un ballo in maschera)
Widestedt:
Nämner du Sverige (If You Mention Sweden)
and Swedish folksongs