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Title:Jussi Bjorling :- O Holy Night (O helga natt):-(IMO the best recording of this Christmas Carol/Hymn)
Duration:05:18
Viewed:673,124
Published:16-12-2017
Source:Youtube

For those not familiar with Jussi Bjorling, he was born in 1911 in Sweden and throughout his career he was regarded as one of the world's greatest tenors and even today many still rate him as the best ever. He made many wonderful recordings, mostly operatic but many others of different genres. Unfortunately in 1960, the year after he made this recording of O Holy Night, he suffered a heart attack and died at the age of just 49. I recently uploaded an updated version of this recording which has slightly better audio quality, a spoken Christmas greeting from Jussi, coloured photos and an on screen translation to English. .If you wanted to watch/listen to the video the link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juGPcku2Ghc&t=86s This is the original 8 2 1959 mono recording. I have tried to get the best possible sound from the recording and just to give a live effect and add presence I have added applause. Jussi sings this in his native language, Swedish. The original text was from a poem called "Minuit,chretiens" (Midnight,christians) which was written by French wine merchant and poet Placide Cappeau in 1843.Soon afterwards a French composer Adolphe Adam composed the music and the song was called Cantique de Noel (Song of Christmas).In 1855 an American Minister,John Sullivan Dwight produced the well known O Holy Night which is not really a translation but follows the spirit of the original poem. I don't know who translated Sullivan's words to Swedish but, as sung by Jussi Bjorling in this video they are as follows O helga natt, o helga stund för världen Då Gudamänskan till jorden steg ned För att försona världens brott och synder För oss han dödens smärta led Och hoppets stråle går igenom världen Och ljuset skimrar över land och hav Folk, fall nu neder Och hälsa glatt din frihet O helga natt Du frälsning åt oss gav O helga natt Du frälsning åt oss gav Ty frälsar'n krossat våra tunga bojor Vår jord är fri, himlen öppen nu är Uti din slav du ser en älskad broder Och se, din ovän blir dig kär Från himlen bragte frälsaren oss friden För oss han nedsteg i sin stilla grav Folk, fall nu neder Och hälsa glatt din frihet O helga natt Du frälsning åt oss gav O helga natt Du frälsning åt oss ga A translation to English of O Helga Natt is as follows:- O holy night, o most holy moment in the world When the son of God steps down onto the earth To repent the world's crimes and sins He suffered the pain of death for us And a ray of hope shines through the world And the light shimmers across the land and sea People, fall to your knees, and happily meet your freedom O holy night, you gave us salvation O holy night, you gave us salvation The Saviour removed our heavy shackles Our Earth is free, heaven is open now You see a beloved brother within your slave And see, even your enemy loves you The Saviour brought us peace from Heaven And he descended to his quiet grave for us People, fall to your knees, and happily meet your freedom O holy night, you gave us salvation O holy night, you gave us salvation I've restored/remastered quite a few of Jussi's wonderful recordings either separately or as part of compilation videos and if you want to listen to them all the link to the playlist is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIbgqRoGc6M&list=PLwIuFmWuGenqLQeOuP9WI1aQX01TxDVj-



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