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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: 114,102 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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10 of 10 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
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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.
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