Donald Pruitt


Sanctus, CD, Jussi Bjoerling Rarities


The wonderful CD "Jussi Bjoerling Rarities" (VAIA 1189) contains much welcome material, including what is indeed a rarity: a musical error committed by our tenor. When I listened for the first time to the "Sanctus" from Gounod's "St. Cecilia Mass" in English (HHP A51, the Ford Sunday Evening Hour broadcast of November 13, 1938), I detected a digression from the score in the second solo tenor passage. Having sung the is piece numerous times myself, I wondered if my memory of it had faded with the years, so I received my copy of the score and investigated. Surely enough, I discovered that Jussi had got lost and required several measures to get back on track.

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