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Joseph Schmidt - Ivan Kozlovsky - Jussi Björling

Belcanto: the Tenors of the 78 Era

Joseph Schmidt - Ivan Kozlovsky - Jussi Björling Belcanto: the Tenors of the 78 Era

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Font Discover the series Belcanto: The Tenors of the 78 Era: 13 portraits of the most illustrious opera singers of the beginning of the 20th century. We present 3 episodes: Joseph Schmidt, Ivan Kozlovsky and Jussi Björling.

The first part of this documentary in three parts is dedicated to the endearing figure of Joseph Schmidt. Born in 1904, he started singing as an alto at the Synagogue of Czernowitz in Romania. He grew up in the pure tradition of the cantors who are musicians trained in the vocal arts in order to guide the synagogue in sung prayer. His small stature prevented him from playing in operas, but his "radiant" voice, as Jürgen Kesting qualified it, was perfect for radio broadcasts. He recorded a great deal for the record labels Ultraphone and Parlophone as well as for radio programmes and played in several films in English and German. He enjoyed huge international success, especially in the Netherlands and Belgium, after having been forbidden to perform by the Nazis in Germany and Austria.

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  • Directed by: Jan Schmidt-Garre
  • Production date: 1997
  • Duration: 1 h 28 min
  • Production: © PARS MEDIA in collaboration with BR, NDR, ORB, SDR, SFB, SR, SWF and WDR
  • Available version(s): EN

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