Catalogue No: 9781580464062

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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