Nr12. Sue Flaster, f.d. ordförande och f.d. sekreterare i Jussi Björling Society-USA, presenterar en av sina favoritinspelningar med Jussi:
There are three studio recordings of the Goethe-Schubert “Wanderers Nachtlied” available to us: HH130 (Jan. 30, 1940, with Harry Ebert); HH136 (March 1, 1940, Ebert); and HH190 (April 11, 1952, Frederick Schauwecker). Of the 3, the April 1952 version, presented on the legendary RCA LM1771 is probably the most famous, and certainly in the best, most vivid sound.
However, all that aside I find myself drawn to the two 1940 versions, and especially to the March recording. For sheer vocal beauty, I find this recording unsurpassed, even in the universe of Björling singing. The lower register is solid and resonant, and the high notes are effortless. He gives us a morendo that is incredibly touching, and the text is treated with the respect it deserves. Good things often do come in small packages, and this little song is a wonder.