Archive for Jussi Bjorling

O Helga Natt – Jussi Björling

Posted in Music with tags , on December 19, 2020 by telescoper

Although I’m now officially on holiday I’m struggling a bit to get into the festive spirit this year, but this should help. Here’s a Christmas song that even Ebenezer Scrooge himself would find hard to resist. On December  20th 1954 the great Swedish tenor Jussi Björling did a benefit recital in the Södersjukhuset, Stockholm’s largest hospital; the performance was also broadcast on the radio. Because wasn’t recorded in a proper studio the acoustic isn’t great, but I love the intimacy of the setting with just a piano accompaniment. Here is an excerpt from that concert, the old carol “O Holy Night” sung in Swedish.

Update: I stupidly put the wrong link in earlier, now fixed.

In Fernem Land (in Swedish)

Posted in Opera with tags , , on June 6, 2013 by telescoper

No time for a proper post today, but just before I head home from the office how about this? It’s In Fernem Land from the opera Lohengrin I went to see last weekend, but sung by the great tenor Jussi Björling not in German but in his native language, Swedish. I think it’s wonderful…

O Helga Natt

Posted in Music with tags , on December 15, 2011 by telescoper

I’m struggling to get into the festive spirit this year, but this should help. Here’s a Christmas song that even Ebenezer Scrooge himself would find hard to resist. It’s the old carol “O Holy Night” sung in magnificent style (and in Swedish) by the wondrous Swedish tenor, Jussi Björling.