opera, Carnegie Hall, life of Bjorling


I discovered Jussi Bjorling in 1953 when I was 18. Like George Jellinek, my awrareness came through a local record store, in my case supplied by an enthusiastic owner who played Bjorling's "Che gellda manina" for me. Though l had earlier embraced di Stefano and Tagliavini, I pretty quickly appreciated what all the JB fuss was about, and eventually I procured Jussi's complete versions of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci, Aida. II Trovatore, and various recital albums. Despite my admiration of his voice, however, for many years I was troubled by two faces of Jussi as depicted on two LP albums: Bjoerling Sings at Carnegie Hall (1955) and Bjoerling in Opera (1959)

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