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GEDDA + NILSSON + BJÖRLING

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Image 10CD-BOX: Perfect Vocal Art
This 10CD box set is a comprehensive portrait of the most versatile tenor of the second half of the twentieth century. The recordings range from a Swedish radio recording of the Postillon Aria (with the seldom heard top "D") to the roles of Huon in Weber's Oberon and the battle-hungry general Radamés in Aida. The compilation clearly reveals Nicolai Gedda's confident gift for languages - he was born the son of Russian-Swedish parents in 1925. In addition to the two aforementioned languages Gedda also sings effortlessly in German, Italian and - in particular, French. Gedda's repertoire is so extensive that simply making a list of all the roles he sang at the Metropolitan Opera in New York would be sufficient to qualify him for the description "exceptional". His vocal technique and his confident feeling for style - combined with the euphony of his voice - join forces on these recordings to create a unique listening experience.


119 kr (159 kr)
Image 10CD-BOX: Eine Jahrhundertstimme / Voice Of A Cent
Excerpts from: Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Aida, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Tristan Und Isolde, Die Walküre

Over the centuries the challenges posed by the extremely difficult dramatic andpowerful soprano parts could only be met by a handful of singers - during the secondhalf of the twentieth century one singer stood unrivalled: Birgit Nilsson (1918-2005).

German singer Frida Leider and Norwegian singer Kirsten Flagstad had set the standardin preceding decades - Swedish singer Nilsson was brilliant while meeting up to these challenges and she went down in the history of the world's leading opera housesperforming Brünnhilde and Isolde. She was also celebrated in Aida and Turandot andthis 10CD boxed set features works from the entire repertoire spectrum of this veritable "voice of a century" - including rare live recordings made in her home country Sweden as well as recordings made in Naples, Milan, London and Bayreuth.

Recording between 1949 and 1960




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Image 10CD-BOX: The Worldstar Live on Stage
When Jussi Björling died - at the age of only 49 - on September 9th 1960 following a heart attack in his country house on the island Siaroe near Stockholm, the music world lost one of the most outstanding tenors of the 20th century. "Fire in ice" was how some described the timbre of this voice that started out at the Royal Opera, Stockholm then became a source of elation for the public in Vienna and Berlin, before the triumphant London début in Trovatore. Excerpts from this can be heard in the present 10-CD collection along with Björling's great appearances at the New York "Met", e.g. in Don Carlo, the newly appointed director Rudolf Bing's opening premiere, or in one of the most demanding of Verdi's tenor roles, that of Riccardo in Un Ballo in maschera ("A masked ball"). The singer's uniqueness in his greatest and most significant stage roles is highlighted in this collection of live recordings even more strongly than in the studio recordings. One could take Romeo et Juliette as an example. C.L. Osborne, the renowned U.S. critic, called Björling' s Romeo the vocally most perfect portrait of a romantic heroic tenor that is preserved on record. Especially interesting though are also the recordings of French and Italian operas that Björling made in Swedish, his mother tongue. The often rapturous applause that can be heard accompanying the stage appearances of the exceptional tenor Jussi Björling presented here will come as no surprise.


119 kr (159 kr)
Image 10CD-BOX: The Swedish Caruso
Jussi Björling, tenor

Just like his Italian colleague Enrico Caruso, who also became the personification of a species of voice as well as representing an entire genre, Jussi Björling certainly stands out from the other important singers of the twentieth century. The Swedish tenor had a voice „like fire in ice" and can be enjoyed on this compilation with recordings ranging from early productions made in 1929 up to one of his final concerts in April 1959. The recordings have captured almost all of his vocal facets - from angelic, gentle melodiousness to moments of extraordinary vocal power and charisma. In addition to performing songs from his home country, Björling also excels on Swedish versions of the great tenor arias from Italian and French repertoire. Among the gems on this 10CD collection are the exceptional recordings of German Lieder recorded by Björling in 1939, accompanied by pianist Harry Ebert, as well as the Verdi Requiem under Toscanini and the legendary recording made of La Bohème under Sir Thomas Beecham in 1956.


119 kr (159 kr)
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