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||La Bohème: Act I||Jussi Björling, Victoria De Los Angeles, RCA Victor Orchestra & Sir Thomas Beecham||35:27||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||La Bohème: Act II||Jussi Björling, Victoria De Los Angeles, RCA Victor Orchestra & Sir Thomas Beecham||18:25||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||La Bohème: Act III||Jussi Björling, Victoria De Los Angeles, RCA Victor Orchestra & Sir Thomas Beecham||24:56||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||La Bohème: Act IV||Jussi Björling, Victoria De Los Angeles, RCA Victor Orchestra & Sir Thomas Beecham||28:43||Album Only||View in iTunes|
One of the top two
Bjorling/de los Angeles & Bergonzi/Tebaldi are both benchmark recordings. I only wish Bjorling and Tebaldi had made the recording together. I have always owned these two albums for over 50 years. There is no way to compare the 2 tenors or the 2 sopranos; each has a unique approach to their role. There are many great recordings made after these, but they were never bettered. I know the average modern collector of opera wants stereo and opulent sound; but if you want great singing, try these .
I am not the world's expert on classical music, but you will not be disappointed in any way. From NPR comes this: In 1956, English conductor Thomas Beecham happened to be in New York with time on his hands, and sort of on a hunch, the EMI folks said, "Let's make a recording." It could only have happened in New York, and probably only in the 1950s.
The results really do speak for themselves: experience, love of the music and the kind of harmony among the participants — the great tenor Jussi Bjorling, soprano Victoria de los Angeles and baritone Robert Merrill — that is rare on the stage, and especially rare in recordings.
Born: February 5, 1911 in Stora Tuna, Sweden
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s