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The Worldstar Live on Stage [Box set]

Jussi Bjorling Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Dec 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Documents
  • ASIN: B00FQ0VO9K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Jussi Björling died at the age of only 49 on September 9th 1960 following a heart attack, the music world lost one of the most outstanding tenors of the 20th century. This 10CD set includes his performances in the great operas of Verdi and Puccini, Gounod's "Faust" and "Romeo and Juliet", as well as Mascagni's "Cavalleria Rusticana" and Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci".

The career of the legendary Swedish tenor Jussi Björling began with performances at the Royal Opera, Stockholm and then in Vienna and Berlin, before his triumphant London début in Verdi's "Il Trovatore". Excerpts from these can be heard in this collection along with Björling's great appearances at the New York "Met" in operas like "Don Carlo", as well as in one of the most demanding of Verdi's tenor roles, that of Riccardo in "Un Ballo in Maschera". Especially interesting is the inclusion in the set of recordings of French and Italian operas that Björling made in Swedish, his mother tongue.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST VALUE BOX SET OF BJORLING. 24 Dec 2013
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When I purchased this 10 CD set of Jussi Bjorling from Amazon.co.uk, I knew that I was getting a considerable bargain.
It contains excerptes from the undernoted operas,recorded live in Europe and the USA-
Cav.Rusticana,Pagliacci,Faust,Tosca,Boheme,Manon Lescaut,Romeo&Juliet,Turandot,Don Carlo,Aida,Ballo in Maschera,Rigoletto,Trovatore.
Perhaps the best feature of the excerpts from the above operas is the inclusion of Bjorling singing some of them in Sweden.These are all rare,and,although available on other labels such as Bluebell and Myto in their complete format,this inexpensive set gives us this greatest of all tenors in a readily accessible format. I would urge all lovers of Bjorling to obtain the best discography available,though it is now 20 years old.It is the Second Edition of'A Jussi Bjorling Phonograph' by Harald Henrysson.It needs updating, but it is far better than the First Edition and still an invaluable guide.
Buy this 10 CD set!You won't be disappointed!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection and great value 3 Dec 2013
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Firstly I have to assume that most readers will be fans of Bjorling and familiar with his work. Bearing this in mind you will be able to listen to these recordings with the acceptance of the technical abilities of the time they were recorded in. They are not by any means bad recordings, I have heard many worse, however their true value is in bringing this selection of live recordings together. I believe that most who love Bjorling will take something from this set and I cannot think of any reason not to buy it. As Amazon have not listed the tracks and considering it is such a large collection, here is my version of what is on the CD's:

Faust: excerpts
Roméo et Juliette: excerpts

I Pagliacci: excerpts

Cavalleria Rusticana: excerpts

Tosca: excerpts
Turandot: excerpts
Manon Lescaut: excerpts
La Bohème: excerpts

Il Trovatore (excerpts)
Un ballo in maschera (excerpts)
Don Carlo (excerpts)
Rigoletto (excerpts)
Aida (excerpts)

Individual CD's


1. O Lola Chai Di Latti La Cammisa - Jussi Bjorling/Royal Opera House Orch and Chorus Stockho -
2. Tu Qui, Santuzza?/Ah! Lo Vedi, Che Hai Tu Detto - Jussi Bjorling/Royal Opera House Orch and Chorus S -
3. A Casa, a Casa, Amici/Viva Il Vino Spumeggiante - Jussi Bjorling/Royal Opera House Orch and Chorus S -
4. A Voi Tutti Salute! - Jussi Bjorling/Royal Opera House Orch and Chorus Stockho -
5. Mamma! Quel Vino E Generoso - Jussi Bjorling/Royal Opera House Orch and Chorus Stockho -
6. Tu Qui, Santuzza?/Ah! Lo Vedi, Che Hai Tu Detto -
7. Mamma!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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(CD reviews further on)Swede Jussi Bjorling's(1911-1960)voice at the end of his life was slightly darker,yet was still in the glorious state it had been in when he made his earliest adult recordings in 1930.This was the year he made his debut at the Royal Opera in Stockholm.By 1945 his repertoire was small,since he did not want to learn new roles.Most of his Italian roles were in Verdi and Puccini;Romeo and Faust were his two French roles.(John Hughes 1991). Steane in his book the Grand Tradition, writes that "Bjorling,has the beauty and sonority of tone,the purity of line,that begin to qualify a singer for inclusion in the ranks of the great".For example,Caruso and Schipa,had an instantly recognisable voice,with an emotional center,this Bjorling had.Since I first heard Bjorling in the 1956 EMI La Boheme cond Beecham with de Los Angeles,he has been one of my favourite lyrical tenors.

To understand these singers of the past,I would suggest you obtain the EMI series, Les Introuvables Du Chant Verdi 8CDs,1900-1950.Wagner 4CDs,plus 50 years of Mozart singing 4 CDs. Also,EMI Record of Singing Vol 4, 1939 to the end of the 78 period.I have owned these sets for years,and found them invaluable.I think UK Amazon sells them.

A smallish box whose lid opens backwards,where you can place the CDs you want to play.The CD sleeves are dark brown with yellow Ochre designs on it with CD number and words Jussi Bjorling,plus the operas names.The back is yellow ochre with the track numbers,arias,orchestra,plus singers with Bjorling.Date performed.The CD is dark brown with yellow ochre designs,opera's name and CD number at the top. No booklet included so I will give you as much information as I can.The sound is much like Naxos singers of the past CDs.A few arias have hiss on the CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it !!! 18 Mar 2014
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If you are a Bjorling fan this is very good value.The quality of the sound is better than I expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent live collection 16 Jan 2014
By bob turnley - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of Bjorling's live cd's are expensive. This is a very affordable collection of scenes and highlights from several opera performances. Of the ten hours of music there's about six and half hours from New York and two and half hours from Stockholm. I'd say about four hours is in very good sound and the rest is in good sound.
Disc 1-Cavalleria-31m Stockholm 1954 and 11m Met 1959 ; Pagliacci-20m Stockholm 1954 and 6m Vienna 1937
Disc 2-Faust-30m Met 1950 and 45m Met 1959
Disc 3-Tosca-18m Stockholm 1959; Boheme-25m Malmo,Sweden 1957 and 9m Stockholm 1940
Disc 4-MLescaut-8m Met 1949 and 29m Met 1956; Boheme-35m Met 1948
Disc 5-Romeo-60m Met 1947 and 10m Stockholm 1940
Disc 6-Tosca-40m Met 1959; Turandot-4m Stockholm 1944
Disc 7-Don Carlo-40m Met 1950; Aida-6m Vienna 1936
Disc 8-Ballo-35m Met 1940 and 31m New Orleans 1950
Disc 9-Rigoletto-26m Stockholm 1957 and 29m Met 1945
Disc 10-Trovatore-6m London 1939, 31m Stockholm 1960, 7m Met 1947 and 16m Met 1941
Other singers featured include Sayao,Siepi,Merrill,MacNeil,Milanov,Simionato,Kirsten,Soderstrom,Albanese and Warren. The prompter is audible on the NY Tosca 1959 but the singing is amazing. Having four discs with less than an hour of music is the only real negative.
5.0 out of 5 stars The vocal Genius of the 20th Century. 19 July 2014
By Peter Dietrich - Published on Amazon.com
In Harold Henrysson 2nd Edition of A Jussi Bjorling Phonography the Author writes the following information.
" During the nine seasons when Jussi Bjorling (1911-60) remained at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, he
appeared in 53 opera and operetta roles( 39 of which were principal roles). After his permanent Swedish
Contract expired in the summer of 1939, he added only Des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut (1949) and the
Tittle role in Verdi's Don Carlo( 1950) to his stage repertory, which thus totally comprised of 55 roles." Since Bjorling
Current total of commercial recordings consists only of 11 complete operas ( Mascagni 's Cavalleria Rusticana was
Recorded twice) and other 5 operas known as the live performances for the total only of 15 complete operas. Why?
Because 1: After 1939 Bjorling 's international repertory consists only of 16 operas and 2. The remaining operas
Performed on and before 1939 were never receded by the Swedish Recoed Co. , but some live Radio recordings
May exist , like Verdi's La Traviata recorded in 1939. Only Itally and France recorded many complete studiomrecordings in the early years of the phonograph. The present compilation consists of excerpts from 13 operas
Recorded between 1936/7 Vienna to 1960 Stockholm, and all these performances ( except Cavalleria Rusticana and
Tosca were recorded in New York in Nov. 1959 and are released here for the first time. ) were reissued countless
Times on various labels. What one can say about Jussi Bjorling ? Perfection ! Impeccable musicianship , mastery of
Legato and undiminished vocal powers. His great voice has the unique quality that it is immediately recognized and
One never gets tired listening to it. Among these excerpts are great treasures: Both recordings of Gounod's Faust
1950 and 1959, the 1947 Romeo et Juliette with Bidu Sayao, 1959 Cavalleria Rusticana with Giulietta Simionatto,
1950 Verdi's Don Carlo with Robert Merrill and Cesare Siepi, 1956 Puccini's Manon Lescaut with Licia Albanese.
I could go on Forever . Although the recordings were made between 1936-1960. The sound varies : fair 1936/7, to good and excellent elsewhere . I have mentioned in my review of Jussi Bjorling ( The Swedish Caruso) that I have heard Bjorling in live performance of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (1956) and in Recital at Boston Symphony Hall
In 1959 . Therefore I can speak not only hearing him on records , but also from life. Don't miss it while it last ,
Because of the great value and an amazing price. Note: On the cover Jussi Bjorling as Riccardo in Verdi's opera
Un Ballo in Maschera.
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