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The Bjorling Sound: A Recorded Legacy

Juvenile


by
Stephen Hastings

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 424 pages

File size: 10.9 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

A half century after his death in 1960, Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling remains one of the most beloved singers in the world. He spent forty-five of his forty-nine years performing in public, rapidly conquering opera-house and concert stages on both sides of the Atlantic. Along the way, he left a vast recorded legacy that continues to enchant lovers of vocal music and inspire young singers. In this ground-breaking book, Stephen Hastings analyzes more than four hundred of the great tenor’s recordings, comparing them with the output of a hundred other tenors, from Caruso to Alagna. The repertoire ranges from brief art songs by Schubert and Sibelius to entire opera recordings–some made in the studio, others captured live. What emerges is a richly layered portrait of this most musical of singers. As Hastings’s comparisons demonstrate, Bjorling left his unique imprint on all the scores he sang, combining a perennial freshness of approach with the richly inflected phrasing made possible by a perfectly honed technique. Born in London and educated in Oxford, Stephen Hastings has been the Milan correspondent of ‘Opera News’ since 1991 and editor in chief of the Italian monthly ‘Musica’ for the past twelve years.

A half century after his death in 1960, Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling remains one of the most beloved singers in the world. He spent forty-five of his forty-nine years performing in public, rapidly conquering opera-house and concert stages on both sides of the Atlantic. Along the way, he left a vast recorded legacy that continues to enchant lovers of vocal music and inspire young singers. In this ground-breaking book, Stephen Hastings analyzes more than four hundred… (more)

A half century after his death in 1960, Swedish tenor Jussi Bjorling remains one of the most beloved singers in the world. He spent forty-five of his forty-nine years performing in public, rapidly conquering opera-house and concert stages on both sides of the Atlantic. Along the way, he left a vast recorded legacy that continues to enchant lovers of vocal music and inspire young singers. In this ground-breaking book, Stephen Hastings analyzes more than four hundred of the great tenor’s recordings, comparing them with the output of a hundred other tenors, from Caruso to Alagna. The repertoire ranges from brief art songs by Schubert and Sibelius to entire opera recordings–some made in the studio, others captured live. What emerges is a richly layered portrait of this most musical of singers. As Hastings’s comparisons demonstrate, Bjorling left his unique imprint on all the scores he sang, combining a perennial freshness of approach with the richly inflected phrasing made possible by a perfectly honed technique. Born in London and educated in Oxford, Stephen Hastings has been the Milan correspondent of ‘Opera News’ since 1991 and editor in chief of the Italian monthly ‘Musica’ for the past twelve years.

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