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Jussi Björling - Bizet: The Pearl Fishers Duet / Puccini & Verdi: Duets and Scenes (CD)

Item# 1000000528


Jussi Björling - Bizet: The Pearl Fishers Duet / Puccini & Verdi: Duets and Scenes (CD)
Release Date: October 25, 1990
Artists:
Jussi Björling
Robert Merrill
Zinka Milanov
Licia Albanese
Renata Tebaldi
Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Label: RCA

Jussi Björling, one of the most admired tenors of the twentieth century, performs duets and scenes with legendary colleagues for these recordings which were made between 1950 and 1959. He performs five duets, including  the famous Pearl Fishers Duet, with baritone Robert Merrill, one of his frequent stage partners at the Met Opera. With Renata Tebaldi he performs the "Signore, ascolta; non piangere, Liu" scene from Turandot.

Track Listings:
1. Bizet - The Pearl Fishers: Au fond du temple saint (Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill)
2. Puccini- Tosca: Mario Mario Mario! (Zinka Milanov; Jussi Björling)
3. Verdi - Don Carlos: Io l'ho perduta! Dio che nell'alma infondere (Emil Markow; Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill)
4. Puccini - Manon Lescaut: Oh saro la piu bella! Tu tu amore? Tu? (Licia Albanese; Jussi Björling)
5. Puccini - La bohème: In un coupe? O Mimi tu piu non torni (Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill)
6. Verdi - La forza del destino: Solenne in quest'ora (Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill)
7. Verdi - Aida: La fatal pietra O terra addio (Zinka Milanov; Jussi Björling)
8. Puccini - Turandot: Signore ascolta! Non piangere Liu (Piero de Palma; Mario Sereni; Tommaso Frascati; Jussi Björling; Renata Tebaldi; Giorgio Tozzi)
9. Verdi - Otello: Oh! monstruosa colpa! Si pel ciel marmoreo giuro! (Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill)

 

Georges Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Few operas can match the sheer lyric beauty of Bizet’s youthful The Pearl Fishers. Critics at the time were not in favor of it but the audience was swept up in the ravishing score tinged with the allure of a mythical South Asian setting. The drama itself remains within the conventional standards of the day, with a love triangle complicated by the true friendship of the two men involved in it. Although not performed frequently, the opera successfully stands on its own when appreciated for its unique atmosphere, rather than compared to the composer’s later masterpiece, Carmen, or held up to modern notions of dramatic plausibility.

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