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Catalogue No: 9781580464062
The Bjorling Sound

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Subtitle: A Recorded Legacy

Department: Biographies & Reference Books - Books & Literature (Classical)

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A half century after his death in 1960, Swedish tenor Jussi Björling remains one of the most beloved singers in the world. He spent forty-five of his forty-nine years performing in public, rapidly conquering opera-house and concert stages on both sides of the Atlantic. Along the way, he left a vast recorded legacy that continues to enchant lovers of vocal music and inspire young singers. In this ground-breaking book, Stephen Hastings analyzes more than four hundred of the great tenor's recordings, comparing them with the output of a hundred other tenors, from Caruso to Alagna. The repertoire ranges from brief art songs by Schubert and Sibelius to entire opera recordings--some made in the studio, others captured live. What emerges is a richly layered portrait of this most musical of singers. As Hastings's comparisons demonstrate, Björling left his unique imprint on all the scores he sang, combining a perennial freshness of approach with the richly inflected phrasing made possible by a perfectly honed technique.

Born in London and educated in Oxford, Stephen Hastings has been the Milan correspondent of Opera News since 1991 and editor in chief of the Italian monthly Musica for the past twelve years.

Contents and Reviews


1 Introduction 2 Adam 3 Alfvén 4 Atterberg 5 Beethoven 6 Bizet 7 Borodin 8 Brahms 9 Donizetti 10 Gounod 11 Grieg 12 Handel 13 Leoncavallo 14 Mascagni 15 Massenet 16 Meyerbeer 17 Mozart 18 Puccini 19 Rangström 20 Rossini 21 Schubert 22 Sibelius 23 Richard Strauss 24 Verdi 25 Wagner 26 Björling's Remaining Recordings: A Survey of the Best (1920-60) 27 Evolution and Influence 28 Notes 29 Discography 30 Bibliography 31 Index