Newsletter of the Jussi Björling Societies of the USA & UK


John Steane


Richard Caniell, recordings, book


In a book published almost forty years ago I wrote of the invaluable supply of ‘private’ recordings, mostly taken ‘off-the-air’ of live performances, some of them from the 1930s, noting that unfortunately they came with much factual misinformation and were unreliable in matters such as speed and pitch. I added that it was to be hoped that one day these faults could be amended, with proper editing of the originals and with more scholarly care over documentation. In one instance (and by no means the most important) I said that attention of this kind, by whoever provided it, “would earn eternal gratitude.” Richard Caniell is the man who has done most to win that gratitude in the intervening years.

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