BBC, Featured Artist, JB Appreciation Society


We heard from our friends Des Lockett and Eric Wimbles, of the UK's JB Appreciation Society, that the "CD Masters" radio program on BBC's Radio 3 had designated Jussi as its "Featured Artist" for the week August 18-22. This meant that the program's fine host, Rob Cowan, would be selecting and commenting on several of Jussi's recordings each day to play during the timeslot 10:00-11:30 AM, London time. We were pleased that he started of the week with a generous mention of our JB Societies, and that be provided detailed and knowledgeable commentary- as well as unhackneyed musical choices: for instance a generous portion of the 1940 Toscanini broadcast of Verdi's Requiem, and the Berceuse from Godard's Jocelyn . Of the latter selection, Cowan observed that Jussi sings it with his "Characteristic emotional engagement," and apt comment but a subtle one- since this is not blood-and-guts veridmo, by any means.

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