I was searching for something to commemorate today - the Feast of Santa Cecilia and sort of threw around the idea of one of the Handel or Boyce Odes. But going back to last year's post for the same feast it struck me that the best way to celebrate the Patron Saint of Music would be with one of the greatest pieces of music making ever recorded.
Back in 1951 Jussi Björling and Robert Merrill recorded "Au Fond du Temple" from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers in just two takes in the RCA Victor Brooklyn studios and nothing has bettered it since.
There's a wonderful story that when Sir Thomas Beecham was recording La Boheme with Björling and Merrill he kept having them repeat their duet. Finally in desperation Merrill asked him what he was trying to achieve. The avuncular Beecham simply beamed and said: Nothing. I just love to hear the two of you sing!
And to my own bright Cecilia - happy Saint's Day!
22 novembre - Santa Cecilia