I rather like this. I bought it for a good price, not quite sure of what it would be like but wanted something to celebrate Birgit's 100th birthday. The big DECCA box of CDs contains very little that I do not already own, I may yet succumb to the SONY live recordings due out in September. but for now, this will do nicely: a huge, lavishly produced book with reproductions of reviews and a lot of stage photographs. Nilsson wasn't a chameleonic stage presence like some singing actresses, she just sang like no one else but the production photos are fascinating. She also - I am reminded when listening to her recordings - frequently sang with great feeling and subtlety as well as power and beauty, If you want a book full of information, I'd recommend the autobiography "La Nilsson" which is a hoot, has been around for years and should be fairly easy and inexpensive to acquire. for a different type of celebration, go for this if you like that sort of thing.
Beckmesser has taken exception to the title of this tribute. While it's true (as his commentator points out) that this form ("an homage") is grammatically acceptable, it fell into desuetude in British English many decades ago, joining forms such as "an hôtel". But no one should judge a book by a single word. Having worked out how to open the volume, I have to report on a number of aspects that I find frustratingly disappointing. First, many of the tributes to the singer began life in German and have been translated into American by a translator not entirely familiar with terms relating to music and vocal technique. Second, the reviews from German newspapers are reproduced only in German. Third, the pictures are mostly in a rather grainy black and white. And, fourth, the opening timeline covers only four pages and is wholly inadequate for anyone wanting to chart the singer's career or establish details about her performance history. As it says on the can, this volume constitutes an act of homage to a great soprano, but for anyone wanting anything more substantial, it is hard not to feel a sense of disappointment.
£75 is a serious amount of money, so one expects a serious product. Did they have to use "An Homage" in the title. It's not good English and I doubt it is good Swedish. The correct English is "A Homage". I can't think that the Lady would have been amused.
This book is a true labour of love. It must have been planned and produced during many years. There is nothing to compare with. It is totally unique among biographies about musicians! It's a big book both in size and weight, 5,5 kilos! It contains utterances from a lot of important persons who have worked with Nilsson, and of some who knew her very well. There are lots of reviews of her performances and an overwhelming amount of pictures, role photos from the beginning to the end of her long career. Most of them never seen before. The paper quality and the printing is of the highest quality. Amazing, quite unique!