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Prima Voce: Merrill & Björling

Album Summary

>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
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Notes & Reviews:

In the early ’50s, the 78 rpm recording of the lovely duet from Bizet's 'Pearl Fishers' sung by Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill, colleagues at the Metropolitan Opera New York, became a huge seller. It introduced two of the finest voices of their generation over the airwaves.



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Bjorling was hesitant to record these gems, telling Merrill, "Bub (for some reason "Bob" was"Bub). Caruso and Scotti had set the standard decades earlier. Merrill noted that they kept walking round the block while he reassured. Bjorling. The result, originally on a ten inch LP, was a triumph.
Duplicated since by luminaries such as Gedda and Blanc or Domingo and Milnes, it is a landmark of great recording. The 1950 sound is fine. The current CD is filled out with Bjorling, Milanov (she told me in 1962 that after JB there were no more tenors.) This disc, as well as his recording of Swedish traditional is absolutely indispensable for lovers of perfect singing. But that's true of all Bjorling recordings
Submitted on 09/14/13 by dana clarke 
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Works Details

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Salut! demeure chaste et pure
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Au fond du temple saint
  • Performers: Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Nils Grevillius
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Die Afrikanerin :: O Paradiso!
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Notes: Composition written: 1864.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1864

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Il l'ho perduta!
  • Performers: Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
  • Performer: Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Il balen del suo sorriso
  • Performer: Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Solenne in quest'ora
  • Performers: Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Eri tu
  • Performer: Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Credo in un Dio crudel
  • Performer: Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Si, pel ciel
  • Performers: Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Il cavallo scalpita
  • Performer: Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Mama, quel vino è generoso
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Nils Grevillius
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Si può? Si può?
  • Performer: Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Vesti la giubba
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: O Mimì, to piú non torni
  • Performers: Jussi Björling; Robert Merrill
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896