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Born in Oxford on 26 January 1945, Jacqueline du Pré was the second child of Derek and pianist Iris du Pré. At four Jacqueline heard the sound of the cello on the radio and asked her mother for "one of those." She started with lessons from her mother before beginning study at the London Violoncello School at five. Before long she was winning local music competitions ... Read more in Amazon's Jacqueline du Pré Store

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  • Performer: Jacqueline Du Pr, Daniel Barenboim
  • Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch
  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005YUB5
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Cello Sonata in E Minor, Op.38: I. Allegro non troppoJacqueline Du Pré/Daniel Barenboim11:59Album Only
  2. Cello Sonata in E Minor, Op.38: II. Allegretto quasi MenuettoJacqueline Du Pré/Daniel Barenboim 5:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Cello Sonata in E Minor, Op.38: III. AllegroJacqueline Du Pré/Daniel Barenboim 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Cello Sonata in F Major, Op.99: I. Allegro vivaceJacqueline Du Pré/Daniel Barenboim 6:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Cello Sonata in F Major, Op.99: II. Adagio affettuosoJacqueline Du Pré/Daniel Barenboim 7:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Cello Sonata in F Major, Op.99: III. Allegro passionatoJacqueline Du Pré/Daniel Barenboim 7:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Cello Sonata in F Major, Op.99: IV. Allegro moltoJacqueline Du Pré/Daniel Barenboim 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Kol Nidrei, Op.47Jacqueline Du Pré/Daniel Barenboim/Israel Philharmonic Orchestra12:03Album Only

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Incredible Brahms 20 July 2002
By ViolaNut - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm giving this disc five stars even though the Bruch really isn't very good (at least, in the orchestra - the winds are horribly out of tune; also, some solo trills are quite sharp [mic was probably too close, since you do have to trill sharp to get it to sound in tune at a distance]). I didn't buy it for the Bruch, I bought it for the Brahms sonatas, and wow, are they fantastic. The characteristic energy and instantly recognizable sound are both there, and du Pré and Barenboim are perfectly on the same wavelength regarding rubato and tempo fluctuations. Purists may argue that there are a few too many of the latter in the e minor, but they all seem so organic that I for one am not going to quibble with it. There is a true sense of performance as well - perhaps because occasional noises like the thud of a finger on the string or a page turn creep in. According to the liner notes these recordings were also filmed, which raises the possibility that they are single takes. It's funny, but the more advanced recording technology becomes, the more I turn to old recordings - I'm more than willing to put up with some surface noise (there is a little here, not much) to get some life into a piece. Too often these days CDs are released that are technically flawless and totally dead, slick and glib and overproduced. Not the case here, the music almost leaps out of the speakers, and not one gesture seems too calculated. In fact, I listened to this disc 13 times in the first two days I had it and still didn't get tired of it. Jacqueline du Pré died far too young; is it cliché to say she lives on in her recordings? No way - she's there.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
For Du Pre Fans Only, Not Her Definitive Cello Sonatas 11 July 2003
By Michael Brad Richman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This first time CD issue has been released to much fanfare, but it is really only for Du Pre fans. These are not the famous studio performances that have been most recently issued on an EMI Double Forte along with her classic recordings of Chopin and Franck. Instead these are mono performances from 1968 recorded by Christopher Nupen, and released to accompany his documentary film on Du Pre. As for the Bruch, well, let's just say Barenboim has always been hit or miss for me as a conductor, and here it's a miss. For Du Pre completists this disc is a must, for those looking for a great rendition of Brahms' Cello Sonatas, get the Starker/Sebok on Mercury Living Presence (see my review), either the Sony or RCA recordings by Ax and Ma, or the aforementioned Du Pre/Barenboim EMI Double Forte.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Yes, get it for the Brahms 17 May 2006
By A Reader - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the other reviewers about there being nothing special about the Bruch that is absent from better recordings (both by du Pré herself and others). The Brahms sonatas, on the other hand, are some of the most glorious music I have ever heard.

Another reviewer pointed out that these weren't the famed studio performances recently reissued. That is merely a corollary of their recent release. I personally consider them to be even better, despite the mono recording. Here du Pré seems to be far less restrained and cautious, much to the benefit of her particular stengths. The manner is grander, nobler, and more imposing, while also (during the faster movements) daring, volatile, and with the passionate abandon that is characteristic of a cellist in absolute control. Barenboim is carefully in the background, his balanced and intimate accompaniment giving both support and guidance.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Eye opening. 26 Oct. 2004
By Hannah M. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax introduced me to these sonatas. But it was not until I got this recording that I heard how they were really supposed to sound.

I bought this on a whim. Being a pianist, I'm not very familiar with famous cellists or even the cello repertoire. The little I'd heard about du Pré intrigued me, and I decided to give her a chance. Wow. Talk about eye opening. All of a sudden the sonatas came alive -- I saw things, heard things I had never realized before. Du Pré isn't renowned for nothing. She's dramatic, yes. She stretches the music, yes. But it's not overdone. It's exactly what these pieces need.

I'm not too fond of the Bruch selection included in this recording. But buy it for the Brahms. It's well worth your money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Well, maybe I am the purist here but these versions do little for me 22 April 2010
By G.D. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
These rediscovered recordings of the Brahms sonatas differ rather markedly from the later studio recordings. Even more than the latter, these performances are intensely passionate, wildfire renderings of pain and anger and love. If emotional high-drama is what you are after, then these are certainly the performances for you. But it does come at a cost; one thing is that intonation isn't always trustworthy and that some details are lost. More seriously, these performances contain no shades or nuances - it is tearful lamentation and stormy zeal from the very first bar. Yes, the lines certainly sing, but in a manner - and with emphasis put in manners - that often make it sound like a parody of itself. The worst example is the first movement of the second sonata which is simply too fast and urgently pressed to make any impact at all, coming across as a mess of missed opportunities and questionable interpretive choices. On the other hand, there is certainly beauty to the proceedings and much to savor. I am more happy by the cello playing in Bruch's Kol Nidrei, which is beautiful and touching, but here du Pre is - as other reviewers point out - let down by the orchestra. The sound quality is a serious problem; these are mono recordings; the cello is very closely recorded and sounds hard and squeakish at more than one occasion, accompanied by a clanky, flat and banging piano - but in addition it sounds like a layer of wool had been put on top of everything to muffle out the sharpest edges. The effects are at their most disgraceful in the slow movements where all attempts at delicacy are lost. I guess, in the end, that the recordings were worth issuing, but I have to admit that they seem to be mostly for ardent fans of du Pre.
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