Newsletter of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK


John Steane


Gramophone magazine, Naxos, Jussi Bjorling, popular


More or less everything, it seems, is now "historical" if it dates back beyond the day before yesterday. At least it won't be long before 100 years of recording will be seen as falling under that heading. A hundred years, among other things, of singing voices. And if the recent lists are any indication, whom from out of that century of singers does the general public most want to hear? The name that leads all the rest, by some distance, is Jussi Bjorling. The edition on Naxos reaches its seventh volume, a collection of songs is published on one label and arias on another, and from EMI comes the grand tribute of a five -CD album covering a period of 30 years.