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Jussi Björling: Early Swedish Recordings 1929 - 1936
Ernesto de Curtis, Emil Sjogren, August Korling
Jussi Björling: Early Swedish Recordings 1929 - 1936
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #2


      
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The early days of the golden voice
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 11/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These are historical early recordings of the incomparable Bjorling, one of the greatest and most loved voices of the 20th century, starting when he was 18 years old in 1929, through his 25th year.
This was well before his prime, which was from 1945 to his untimely death at 49 in 1960, but the extraordinary beauty of his voice is there, with amazing strength, considering his youth. The clarity and purity of his golden tone shines through, even though these recordings show their age.The repertoire is varied with lovely ballads mixed with well known arias. With the exception of the later arias on Disc 2, they are all sung in Swedish. Two big favorites are track # 18 on Disc 1, and # 10 (# 30 on the amazon listing) on Disc 2.
The bonus tracks: These were made in 1920, when Bjorling was 9 years old (he made his debut at age 5 !), and though these 5 tracks are not something one would want to listen to for pleasure, the sound quality being dreadful, they are fascinating and have their historical value.Though this is far from the best Bjorling you can buy, even the less than perfect Bjorling is still remarkable, and an exquisite delight to hear."