Jussi Björling In Concert
Jussi Björling (tenor)
The majority of the tracks on this CD come from a 1955 recital Jussi Björling performed, with the pianist Frederic Schauwecker, in front of a highly enthusiastic audience at Carnegie Hall. The remainder of the tracks have been skilfully chosen from more than 20 years of concerts in Björling’s all too brief career. We are presented with a range of music that includes art songs and arias in addition to popular encores such as Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair.
The CD ends appropriately with a recording taken from one of Björling’s final concerts, just a month before his sadly premature death, in 1960, aged just 49 years. It is In Fernam Land ‘Lohengrin’s Farewell’ from Wagner’s Lohengrin – a work that Björling never got to record in full.
At bargain price this presents an exceptionally good way to become acquainted with this outstanding tenor. There are perhaps studio recordings in which he is in better voice but the atmosphere and spontaneity more than compensate for that. Highly recommended.