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Jussi Björling was one of the finest tenors of the twentieth century. He was not always the most consistent artist, but his galvanizing voice is still among the most remarkable on record 40 years after his death. Those wanting an introduction to Björling's singing, or fans wanting a good collection, should be very happy with EMI's The Very Best of Jussi Björling. Not every performance is a hit, but many of them do represent the best he had to offer, and in every case, the unique beauty of his voice is on full display. Most of the recordings are from the 1930s and 1940s, and some of them sound their age, but the sound quality is mostly excellent. Björling sang Italian opera better than anyone in his day, tackling the challenges of Verdi and the verismo composers as if the style and language were native to him. Furthermore, unlike most Italianate tenors of that (or any) time, he sang equally convincingly in French, German, his native Swedish, and even English (the least successful). Hearing him traverse those different languages and styles on this album sheds light on his special vocal qualities: he combined the purity and lyricism that suited him for Massenet's "En fermant les yeux" (Manon) and even intimate songs like Strauss' "Morgen," with the raw power and dramatic qualities that allowed for "Di quella pira" from Verdi's Il Trovatore and Leoncavallo's "Vesti la giubba." His soft singing was as exciting as his full-on trumpeting. Tracks of special interest include Beethoven's song "Adelaide" which, though stylistically old-fashioned, showcases his musical sensitivity and ability to scale his voice to the task at hand, and Donizetti's "Una furtive lagrima" (L'elisir d'amore), which shows the extent to which he could beat the Italians at their own game.

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DISQUE 1

1
Rigoletto, Act 1 Scene 1: No. 2b, Ballata, "Questa o quella per me pari sono" (Duca) 00:02:12

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1944 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Rigoletto, Act 3 Scene 2: "La donna è mobile" (Duca) 00:02:12

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1936 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Il trovatore, Act 3 Scene 6: "Ah sì, ben mio, coll'essere" (Manrico) 00:03:16

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1939 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Il trovatore, Act 3 Scene 6: "Di quella pira … l'orrendo foco" (Manrico) 00:01:39

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1939 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Un ballo in maschera, Act 1 Tableau 2: No. 11b, Canzone, "Di' tu se fedele" (Gustavo) 00:03:18

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1944 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Aïda, Act 1 Scene 1: Romanza, "Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida" (Radames) 00:04:25

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1936 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Messa da Requiem: II. Sequence, 8. Ingemisco (Tenor) 00:04:06

Giuseppe Verdi, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1938 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Stabat Mater: II. Aria, "Cujus animam gementem" (Tenor). Allegro maestoso 00:04:13

Gioachino Rossini, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1938 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
L'elisir d'amore, Act 2 Scene 7: No. 11, Romanza, "Una furtiva lagrima" (Nemorino) 00:04:10

Gaetano Donizetti, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Royal Swedish Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1945 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
La Gioconda, Op. 9, Act 2 Scene 4: Romanza, "Cielo e mar!" (Enzo) 00:04:14

Orchestra, MainArtist - Amilcare Ponchielli, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
Andrea Chénier, Act 4: "Come un bel dì di maggio" (Chénier) 00:03:13

Umberto Giordano, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1944 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
Fedora, Act 2 Scene 7: "Amor ti vieta di non amar" (Count Loris Ipanov) 00:02:05

Umberto Giordano, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
L'Arlesiana, Act 2: "È la solita storia del pastore" (Federico) 00:04:02

Francesco Cilea, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Stockholm Concert Society Orchestra, Orchestra - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Jussi Björling/Stockholm Concert Society Orchestra/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1947 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Manon Lescaut, Act 1: "Donna non vidi mai" (Des Grieux) 00:02:24

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Royal Swedish Orchestra, Orchestra - Jussi Björling/Royal Opera Orchestra, Stockholm/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1948 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
La Bohème, Act 1: "Che gelida manina" (Rodolfo) 00:05:10

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Richard Mohr, Producer - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Lewis Layton, Balance Engineer - Jussi Björling/RCA Victor Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1957 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

16
La Bohème, Act 4: "In un coupè? … O Mimi, tu più non torni" (Marcello, Rodolfo) 00:04:28

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Sir Thomas Beecham, Conductor - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Richard Mohr, Producer - Robert Merrill, Baritone Vocals - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Lewis Layton, Balance Engineer - Jussi Björling/Robert Merrill/RCA Victor Orchestra/Sir Thomas Beecham, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1957 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Tosca, Act 1 Scene 3: "Recondita armonia" (Cavaradossi) 00:02:49

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Jussi Björling/Swedish Radio Orchestra/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1950 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Tosca, Act 3 Scene 2: "E lucevan le stelle" (Cavaradossi) 00:03:08

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Jussi Björling/Swedish Radio Orchestra/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1950 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Turandot, Act 3 Scene 1: "Nessun dorma!" (Calaf) 00:03:27

Giacomo Puccini, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Cavalleria rusticana: "Mamma, quel vino è generoso" (Turiddu) 00:03:50

Pietro Mascagni, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1944 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

21
Pagliacci, Act 1 Scene 4: "Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio … Vesti la giubba" (Canio) 00:03:56

Renato Cellini, Conductor - Ruggero Leoncavallo, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Richard Mohr, Producer - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Lewis Layton, Balance Engineer - Jussi Björling/RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

22
Pagliacci, Act 2 Scene 2: "No! Pagliaccio non son! … Suvvia, così terribile" (Canio, Chorus, Silvio, Nedda, Peppe, Tonio) 00:05:53

Renato Cellini, Conductor - The Robert Shaw Chorale, Chorus - Ruggero Leoncavallo, Composer - Victoria De Los Angeles, Soprano Vocals - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Richard Mohr, Producer - Robert Merrill, Baritone Vocals - Leonard Warren, Baritone Vocals - RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - Lewis Layton, Balance Engineer - Paul Franke, Tenor Vocals - Columbus Boychoir, Chorus - Jussi Björling/Victoria de los Angeles/Paul Franke/Robert Merrill/Leonard Warren/Robert Shaw Chorale/RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

DISQUE 2

1
L'Africaine, Act 4 Scene 2: No. 15, Recitativo ed Aria, "Mi batte il cor … O paradiso" (Vasco) 00:03:19

Orchestra, MainArtist - Giacomo Meyerbeer, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Faust, CG 4, Act 3 Scene 4: No. 12, Cavatine, (b) "Salut! Demeure chaste et pure" (Faust) 00:04:44

Charles Gounod, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

3
Roméo et Juliette, CG 9, Act 1 Scene 7: No. 4, Madrigal, "Ange adorable, ma main coupable" (Roméo, Juliette) 00:04:26

Charles Gounod, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Stockholm Concert Society Orchestra, Orchestra - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Anna-Lisa Björling/Jussi Björling/Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1949 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

4
Roméo et Juliette, CG 9, Act 2 Scene 1: No. 7b, Cavatine, "Ah! lève-toi, soleil!" (Roméo) 00:03:27

Charles Gounod, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Royal Swedish Orchestra, Orchestra - Jussi Björling/Royal Opera Orchestra, Stockholm/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

5
Manon, Act 2 Scene 5: "Instant charmant … En fermant les yeux, je vois là-bas une humble retraite" (Des Grieux) 00:03:50

Jules Massenet, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

6
Manon, Act 3 Tableau 2 Scene 3: "Ah! fuyez, douce image à mon âme trop chère" (Des Grieux) 00:04:39

Jules Massenet, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Royal Swedish Orchestra, Orchestra - Jussi Björling/Royal Opera Orchestra, Stockholm/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

7
Carmen, WD 31, Act 2 Scene 5: No. 17a, Cantabile, "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" (Don José) 00:04:00

Georges Bizet, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

8
Les Pêcheurs de perles, WD 13, Act 1: No. 4, Romance, "Je crois entendre encore, caché sous les palmiers" (Nadir) 00:03:37

Georges Bizet, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Royal Swedish Orchestra, Orchestra - Jussi Björling/Royal Opera Orchestra, Stockholm/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1945 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

9
Adelaide, Op. 46 00:06:50

Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Friedrich von Matthisson, Poet - Harry Ebert, Piano - Jussi Björling/Harry Ebert, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1939 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170: No. 4, Morgen!, "Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen" (Langsam) 00:03:22

Richard Strauss, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Harry Ebert, Piano - Jussi Björling/Harry Ebert, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1939 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170: No. 2, Cäcilie, "Wenn du es wüsstest" (Sehr lebhaft und drängend) 00:01:59

Richard Strauss, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Harry Ebert, Piano - Jussi Björling/Harry Ebert, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1939 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

12
6 Romances, Op. 4: No. 3, In the Silence of the Secret Night, "In the silent night I see" (Lento) 00:02:59

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Stockholm Concert Society Orchestra, Orchestra - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Jussi Björling/Stockholm Concert Association Orchestra/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1948 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

13
12 Romances, Op. 21: No. 5, Lilacs, "Morning skies" (Allegretto) 00:02:13

Sergei Rachmaninov, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Stockholm Concert Society Orchestra, Orchestra - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Jussi Björling/Stockholm Concert Society Orchestra/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1948 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

14
Ideale 00:03:21

Paolo Tosti, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals - Carmelo Errico, Lyricist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Royal Swedish Orchestra, Orchestra - Jussi Björling/Royal Opera Orchestra, Stockholm/Nils Grevillius, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1937 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

15
O sole mio 00:03:15

Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Eduardo Di Capua, Composer - Giovanni Capurro, Lyricist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1937 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

16
Mattinata in D Major 00:02:18

Ruggero Leoncavallo, Composer, Lyricist - Orchestra, Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1944 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

17
Because 00:02:08

Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Guy d' Hardelot, Composer - Edward Teschemacher, Lyricist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Royal Swedish Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1948 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Only A Rose (from the Michael Curtiz's 1956 Film "The Vagabond King") 00:02:52

Orchestra, MainArtist - Brian Hooker, Lyricist - Rudolph Friml, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - W. H. Post, Lyricist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1937 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

19
For You Alone 00:02:03

Orchestra, MainArtist - Henry Geehl, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - P. J. O'Reilly, Lyricist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1937 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd Digital remastering (p) 1997 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

20
La Belle Hélène, Act 1 Scene 7: Ronde, "Au mont Ida, trois déesses" (Pâris - Sung in Swedish) 00:03:27

Jacques Offenbach, Composer - Orchestra, MainArtist - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Frans Hedberg, Lyricist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 by Warner Music Sweden

21
Der Bettelstudent, Act 3: "Ich hab' kein Geld, bin vogelfrei" (Symon - Sung in Swedish) 00:01:46

Orchestra, MainArtist - Carl Millocker, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor, MainArtist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1998 Digital remastering (p) 1998 by Warner Music Sweden

22
O helga natt (Adams julsång) 00:05:03

Adolphe Adam, Composer - Jussi Björling, Tenor Vocals, MainArtist - Placide Cappeau, Lyricist - Nils Grevillius, Conductor - Augustinus Kock, Lyricist - Unidentified Orchestra, Orchestra

2003 EMI Records Ltd. 1959 Parlophone Music Sweden AB, a Warner Music Group Company

Descriptif de l'album

Jussi Björling was one of the finest tenors of the twentieth century. He was not always the most consistent artist, but his galvanizing voice is still among the most remarkable on record 40 years after his death. Those wanting an introduction to Björling's singing, or fans wanting a good collection, should be very happy with EMI's The Very Best of Jussi Björling. Not every performance is a hit, but many of them do represent the best he had to offer, and in every case, the unique beauty of his voice is on full display. Most of the recordings are from the 1930s and 1940s, and some of them sound their age, but the sound quality is mostly excellent. Björling sang Italian opera better than anyone in his day, tackling the challenges of Verdi and the verismo composers as if the style and language were native to him. Furthermore, unlike most Italianate tenors of that (or any) time, he sang equally convincingly in French, German, his native Swedish, and even English (the least successful). Hearing him traverse those different languages and styles on this album sheds light on his special vocal qualities: he combined the purity and lyricism that suited him for Massenet's "En fermant les yeux" (Manon) and even intimate songs like Strauss' "Morgen," with the raw power and dramatic qualities that allowed for "Di quella pira" from Verdi's Il Trovatore and Leoncavallo's "Vesti la giubba." His soft singing was as exciting as his full-on trumpeting. Tracks of special interest include Beethoven's song "Adelaide" which, though stylistically old-fashioned, showcases his musical sensitivity and ability to scale his voice to the task at hand, and Donizetti's "Una furtive lagrima" (L'elisir d'amore), which shows the extent to which he could beat the Italians at their own game.

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