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BJORLING, Jussi: Bjorling Collection, Vol. 7: Swedish National Romantic Songs (1929-1953)

Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredVocal • Vocal Ensemble
Catalogue 8.110791
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Considered by both critics and public as one of the greatest tenors of the 20th century, Jussi Björling left behind a vast recorded legacy. This seventh volume in the Jussi Björling Collection features popular Swedish patriotic and romantic songs spanning Björling’s entire career. Tonerna (Music), generally presented as ‘Visions’ in Björling’s recitals outside Sweden, was one of the most popular items in his repertoire, often used as an encore. Till havs (Towards the Sea), a cheerful evocation of the pleasures of sailing, was another great favourite on the recital programmes of the singer, whose devotion to boating and fishing in the Stockholm archipelago was well-known. Land, du (Thou Blessed Country) is the patriotic song most generally associated with Jussi Björling in Sweden today.



Review By David Denton,Naxos,October 2008

Though Jussi Bjorling was among the greatest tenors of the 20th century, his reputation was largely built on an extensive discography made before his early death. For much of his career his operatic repertoire was restricted to ten roles, while outside of North America he made very few appearances in major opera houses. Though he was to spend every summer with his wife and children in his native Sweden, from 1945 he lived in the United States. As a way of showing his Scandinavian nationality, he often included the popular songs of Sweden in his many concert appearances, the present disc containing twenty-one tracks recorded over the period 1929 to 1953. He was 19, the year of his debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, when he made the first disc, and it shows a mature and


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