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Du Pré Complete EMI Recordings [Box set, Collector's Edition]

Jacqueline du Pré Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B007GP1CC2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 17-disc treasury unites her entire EMI Classics legacy and includes for the first time on CD two Bach sonata movements from her 1962 debut recital for the label.

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS ... but with a caveat 3 Jun 2012
By John Fowler TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
2007: EMI issued a 17 CD box, "Jacqueline DuPre: The Complete EMI Recordings" - Jacqueline Du Pré - The Complete EMI Recordings
2012: EMI issues a 17 CD box, "Jacqueline DuPre: The Complete EMI Recordings" - Jacqueline Du Pre: Complete EMI Recordings

Either box is a worthy tribute to the great cellist, but there is a slight, though annoying, difference between them.
CD 17 of the 2012 box has one track that was not in the 2007 box:

[8] J.S.Bach Adagio & Allegro from Sonata in D for Cello & Harpsichord, BWV 1028 (4:35) with Ronald Kinloch Anderson playing harpsichord.

This was recorded in July, 1962 and was part of DuPre's first LP for EMI (an album of encores with assorted accompanists).
EMI forgot to include it in the 2007 box.
It was not "lost".
EMI just forgot it.

They have now corrected their mistake, which is a good thing, but it seems like an insult to those who bought the 2007 box.
EMI should have issued the new CD 17 as a single at a specially reduced price.
The new box does cost about half of what the old box cost, which makes it a bit less painful.

Other differences:

1) On CD 1, the Delius Concerto is now on 5 tracks, instead of the single track of 2007. Sound is unchanged.
2) There are five additional photographs of Jacqueline DuPre.
3) There is a two-page timeline of her life.

The article by Christopher Nupen that appeared in 2007 is reprinted in the new box.

Typographical Error: On CD 9, the Allegretto in E flat, Hess 48 is mis-identified as Hess 84.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful set 30 Aug 2013
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I agree completely with John Fowler's excellent review here. This is an absolutely outstanding set, at an amazingly low price. Jacqueline du Pré was a truly remarkable musician, and her verve, thoughtfulness and sheer brilliance show in every one of these fine recordings. It is true that the notes are basic at best, but at this price for 17 superb CDs I don't think one can carp. Don't hesitate - it's a fantastic set.

Here's a (fairly complete) list of the works included:

Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85
Delius: Cello Concerto
Saint-Saens: Cello Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.33
Saint-Saens: Carnaval des animaux - Le cygne
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104
Dvorak: Silent Woods Op.68
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor, Op.129
Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Op.73
Monn: Cello Concerto in G minor
Haydn: the two Cello Concertos
Beethoven: Variations, all the Piano Trios an all the Cello Sonatas (with Barenboim and Zukerman)
Brahms: the three Cello Sonatas
J S Bach: Cello Suites Nos.1&2; Viola da gamba Sonata No.2 in D;
Chopin: Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.65
Franck: Cello Sonata in A (arr. Delsart)
Handel: Sonata in G minor HWV287 (arr. J W Slatter)
F Couperin: Les Gouts-Reunis (1724) - Treizieme Concert a deux instruments a l'unisson
R Strauss: Don Quixote, Op.35
Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor
Boccherini: Cello Concerto No.9 in B Flat G.482 (Cadenzas by Grützmacher)
Bruch: Kol Nidrei Op.47
Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50
Mendelssohn: Song without Words in D, Op.109
Faure: Elegie in C minor, Op.24
Falla: Suite populaire espagnole - Jota (arr. Maurice Marechal)
Britten: Cello Sonata in C, Op.65 : II - Scherzo: Pizzicato / IV - Marcia
Paradis: Sicilienne (arr. Dushkin)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply excellent ! 10 Mar 2013
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Simply excellent - a complete works in one package with multiple composers and one very fine recording standard. Not only that but an exceptional performer whose lifetime achievements are portrayed here for our enjoyment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 29 Oct 2012
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I am not a classical music expert,I simply enjoy classical music.This set of recordings is quite magical to my mind and also to my fiend who is an expert trained musician and advised me to purchase.Any cello lover will be delighted with the content and quality and there is a bonus of beautiful piano playing too.even though I had to pay overseas postage I think this a bargain.
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Wonderfull broad collection of cello music performed by a top artist.

Good quality and nicely designed box

Of course value for money , considerring 17 top CD's
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't imaging anything else 26 May 2014
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Best collection for cello. JdP is one of the best cellist in the past 50 years, having heard live concerts by Yo-yo-am and Julian Weber, I must admit that I wish that Jackie is still alive to this day...
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