7.Aida: La Fatal Pietra; Oterra Addio - Zinka Milanov
8.Turandot: Signore, Ascolta!; Non Piangere, Liu - Renata Tebaldi
9.Otello: Si, Pel Ciel Marmoreo Giuro!
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This disc is essential for Jussi Bjoerling fans--doesn't that include almost everyone?--and for anyone who wants a distinctive sampling from recorded opera's most eloquent age. Best are Bjoerling's duets with baritone Robert Merrill--especially the classic "Au fond du temple saint" from The Pearl Fishers--and the scene with Renata Tebaldi, "Signore, ascolta; non piangere, Liu," from Turandot. Although the sound is variable--and sometimes disappointingly, annoyingly glitch-ridden in these recordings made between 1950 and 1959--the voice, the style, and the passion of the inimitable Bjoerling more than make up for it. --David Vernier