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Tenor Works

Anonymous , August Korling , Swedish Traditional , Emil Sjogren , Carl Leopold Sjoberg , Wilhelm Stenhammar , Wilhelm Peterson-Berger , Mogens Schrader , Ragnar Althen , Hugo Alfven , Ejnar Eklof , Jean Sibelius , Ludwig van Beethoven , Franz [Vienna] Schubert , Richard [1] Strauss , David Björling , M. Lundquist-Palmgren , Harry Ebert , Jussi Björling Audio CD
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  • Performer: David Björling, M. Lundquist-Palmgren, Harry Ebert, Jussi Björling
  • Composer: Anonymous, August Korling, Swedish Traditional, Emil Sjogren, Carl Leopold Sjoberg, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 15, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pearl
  • ASIN: B000000WNA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sommarglädge (Summer Joy)
2. Vita Rosor (White Rose)
3. Ack Värmeland, du Sköna, du härliga land
4. I Drömmen di är Mig Nära (You are near in my dreams), song for voice & piano
5. Tonerna (Visions), for voice & piano
6. Allt under himmelens faste
7. Ett folk, for voice & orchestra Op. 22: Sverige (Sweden)
8. Ballades (4) in Swedish Folk Style, Op. 5: No.4: Bland Skogens Höga Furustammar (Among the High Fir Trees of the
9. Ballades (4) in Swedish Folk Style, Op. 5: No.1: När Jag För Mig Själv I Mörka Skogen Gar (When I Walk Alone in t
10. I de lyse nÃ|tter (In the twilight nights), song for voice
11. Land du välsignade (Thou Blessed Country)
12. Songs (7) for voice & piano, Op. 28, R63: No 6, Skogen Sover (The Forest Is Asleep)
13. Morgon (Morning)
14. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 36: Svarta Rosor (Black Rose)
15. Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 36: Säv, Säv, Susa (Sigh, Sigh, Rushes)
16. Ich möchte schweben (I Wish I Could Fly), song for voice & piano, Op. 12/6
17. Adelaide, song for voice & piano, Op. 46
18. Schwanengesang (Swan Song), song cycle for voice & piano, D. 957: Ständchen (Serenade)
19. FrÃ1/4hlingsglaube ('Die Linden LÃ1/4fte'), song for voice & piano (3 versions), D. 686 (Op. 20/2)
20. An die Leier ('Ich will von Atreus Söhnen'), song for voice & piano, D737 (Op. 56/2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch Jussi Grow! August 13, 2001
To be perfectly honest, it pains me to listen to precocious little children perform, and the first track on this CD is no exception. It is interesting to hear the chirping little thrushes piping out above the schmaltsy music, but if I didn't know one was 9-year Jussi Björling, and if there weren't the promise of hearing little Jussi giggle at the end of the performance, I would never have stayed the course. Others disagree. I let them. However, there is another reason for hearing "Sommarglädge" through to the bitter end - the second track. "Vita Rosor" was recorded just 10 years later, and the contrast is astounding. The maturity of the 19-year old Jussi was nothing short of miraculous.
I was going to skip "Ack Värmeland", having a none too pleasant familiarity with it years ago when I lived in a predominantly Swedish community in northern Minnesota. I heard it often at potato sausage and lutefisk suppers sung by Arne Bengtson (with accordian accompaniment supplied by the same Arne Bengtson). He pronounced it "Farmland" and I assume he was singing it to the 80 acres of sand and swamp he owned out east of town.
However, as I reached out to press the skip button, Jussi lovingly caressed the notes of "Ack Värmeland, du sköna," and I was transfixed. By the time he got to the 11th track, "Land, du Välsignade", I was ready to convert to Swedish.
"Adelaïda" is also on this disc, track 17, his 1939 version. By this time he was a ripe old 28-years. I have heard of later versions done with less slavish attention to Beethoven's instructions. Regrettably, I never heard them so I cannot compare, but perhaps it is not a bad thing to follow the instructions of someone like Beethoven.
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