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Dvorak & Saint=saens: Cello Kyo [Import]

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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00005HRH9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magisterial 2 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
In this cd we have two masters at work. Jacqueline du Pre and Sergiu Celibidache provide one of the greatest performances of Dvorak's cello concerto. We find the meeting of two oustanding musical minds and souls. The tempos are deliberate but the musical pulse is never lost. The phrasing is just superb, the signal of true greatness. Du Pre and Celibidache play with such sensitivity, depth and abandon that you, the listener, feel that the music is not coming from outside you but it is drawn out of you in a communal act of re-creation. It is a deeply moving and felt performance.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasurable document 17 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I did not come to du Pre's playing aware of her MS but through an old local library copy of her legendary Elgar Cello Concerto recording with Barbirolli when I was 18. I played it over and over . Sadly, when I went looking for any more of her records in the mid 80s I was surprised to find them deleted.
Ironically it was her tragically early death in 1987 and the reshowing of Christopher Nupen's film that seemed at last to spur on CD re-releases of other repertoire and I gratefully snapped them up.
This newly released live recording of the Dvorak concerto is daringly slow but the playing is wonderful and Celi's accompaniment deeply felt . It is a great improvement on her studio recording . The Saint Saens is thrilling.
So if you want to know more about her and her stunning interpretations - snap this up, buy a copy of Elizabeth Wilson's biography , put a few copies of the poisonous book by her sister and brother and " Hilary and Jackie" on the fire and listen to why her playing was just so special
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Communication 10 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Jacqueline du Pre was undoubtibly one of the finest 'cellists of the twenty-first century. When you listen to one of her recordings, it is immpossible not to become entranced as you hear the most intimate feelings of another human being. When she performed it was as though she was talking directly with our souls. This recording of the Dvorak alows us to hear her at her best, singing like a true angel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Du Pre at her most energetic 30 April 2001
By P. Rah - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a most extraordinary release. Here one can hear Jacqueline du Pre at her most inspired, often sacrificing beauty of sound for drama. But the scratchy bow strokes or missed notes on the whole are not of great concern. When performances are as inspired (and indeed inspring) as this, one just enjoys the music.

The Saint-Saens concerto opens the disc, and from the outset we hear the strong rapport between the soloist, conductor and orchestra, in here the Philadelphia Orchestra, who respond with enthusiasm. The concerto is not a major work, at only 19 minutes. But in du Pre's hands, it is a piece that does sound like a significant work. She recorded it comercially for EMI in 1968. I love the performance, but here it is even more impressive. Pablo Casals described it as "a storm interrupted by passages of great calm and peace." Du Pre seems to take note of this quote, and what we get is a very volatile performance, tempi and dynamics fluctuating like an unpredictable storm. In this performance she used her 1970 Peresson cello, to great effect. Barenboim conducts with vigour, even more than in the 1968 version. The sound is very clean for a live radio recording from 1971. The first movement is much more volatile than the 1968 version, which doesn't come as a total surprise as du Pre tended to understate a little in the studio. The second movement is taken at a brisker pace than in the 1968 studio version (the tempo in the second movement of the studio recording is far too slow for an Allegretto). The third movement is also faster than the 1968 version, and it has you on the edge of your seat, because the playing is so full of adrenalin, and she often takes very high risks but always ends up on the right side. No cellist plays like that nowadays. In this recording, the cello is placed very forward, enabling the listener to hear the minutest detail clearly. But the orchestra is miked less forward than the cello, which gives a slight imbalance in the sound picture.

Then comes the great Dvorak concerto. And boy, was I struck by it! I have heard four different Dvorak concerto perfomances by du Pre: The live 1970 performance from Wellington, New Zealand, of which I have a private tape, the 1970 Chicago studio performance, which is available generally, the 1969 London Proms recording, then this 1967 performance. Of the four, I have to say that this is the most impassioned performance. She uses her famous 'Davydov' cello (in the other three recordings, she used a Goffriller cello), and really pushes the capacity of the instrument (as noted in the CD booklet). Throughout the performance one can hear many scratches and buzzes from the strings caused by extra pressure du Pre exerted upon the instrument.

Here is du Pre at her most energetic, her tone beautifully burnished and the volume of her tone just incredible. Here one realises what people meant when they accused her of being too excessively emotional, but I just love it! Yes, she is extremely emotional in some passages, but what is music about? I think it is about conveying emotions, and the Dvorak is a pretty emotional and dramtic piece anyway. Her use of rubato is wonderful, with broad phrasings which suits this piece. She creates a sense of nostalgia in the coda of the last movement that is very touching. This is a Dvorak concerto performance that will not be surpassed in terms of its emotional passion. It isn't the most technically accurate, as it is a live performance, but certainly the most joyfully passionate. Celibidache provides wonderful accompaniment from his orchestra, which copes very well to du Pre's fluctuations of tempi and liberal use of rubato. The wind section is particularly good. The conductor's tempi are slow compared with other performances, but it doesn't sound laboured, and because of the broader tempi, the soloist can afford to be grand in her phrasings. Only occasionally the orchestra fails to come in at the right time, but that is a trivial matter.

No one performance was the same. Du Pre couldn't do such a thing as playing a piece the same way, and in this sense she was a great improviser, but without changing the notes (very much like Martha Argerich). To my annoyance, Teldec chose to edit out the applause. People generally don't like applause at the end of a live recording, but here is an exception. When the performances are as inspired as this, applause would have made it that more atmospheric. The remastered sound throughout is wonderfully vivid. Her recordings are all too few and I revel in the issues of new previously-unreleased recordings, as her discography always needs filling-up. This is a valuable addition to the du Pre discography, and a must for any du Pre fan. I have said that about other du Pre discs, but this REALLY is a must!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magical 13 Oct 2004
By gianluigi pelloni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
the collaboration between Jacqueline Dupre and Celibidache is just magical. Their shared abandon to the lirical, nostalgic beauty of the concert, combined with their oustanding command of musical detail, infuse this performance of a unique magic. Only Rostropovich with Talich and Casals with Szell (or anybody else for that matter)have touched this listener so deeply in the same concerto.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Dvorák -- uninspiring Saint-Saëns 7 Nov 2011
By 'German Boy' - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A mixed bag.

The solo renditions are typical 'Du Pré' -- intense and impassioned; to be taken for what they are.

The Dvorák is very good, if idiosyncratic. The orchestra makes beautiful sounds and Celibidache creates a wonderful atmosphere, flexible and sensitive to Du Pré's style.

BUT----the Saint-Saëns is a disappointment! I found the orchestral conception uninspired, choppy and harsh, in short---pedestrian. Hubby Danny may be a first-class pianist, but he doesn't make it in the conductors' realm. If you are wondering why I feel this way, listen to the Saint-Saëns AFTER the Dvorák --- what a contrast (...thud..).

Buy the disc for Dvorák. Du Pré is inspired and right for his style of music-making.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Ever Dvorak Cello Ever 10 Jan 2005
By MR WT MAKHATHINI - Published on Amazon.com
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The review by Paul Rah from Switzerland nailed it to the point. I got this from Amazon.com last few weeks back and the first thing that struck me was the sudden emergency in Ma Du Pre's tone on the Cammille Saint Saens Concerto & I knew I was in for something magical.I have never heard a cello being bowed like that very lush,spontaneous almost beyond its limits. The Dvorak concerto also struck me to the heart especially the 2nd movement.The sumptous ochestra and Cello are just amazing.I think the Dvorak Cello by Jackie will down as the best ever.One thing that I also noticed was the the best quality of the sound for an 1967 and 1970 performances one wonders how did the engineers get it right, its perfect.Surely glimses of eternity is what audience got in those live performances.I would not like to say more that what Paul Rah has said already.The fact that im the 3rd person to review this magnificent piece of music is unbelievable to me, may be people have not heard about the greatest Cellist that ever lived.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoot! 15 Oct 2013
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful recording of the Dvorak cello concerto except that at ~12:05 into the second movement one can discern the hooting of an owl, which, upon inspection of the orchestral score in this reviewer's local library, is not called for by the composer.

Seriously though, this is a fantastic performance. Some find du Pre's playing to be grating or excessive; while she's far from subtle, I think she brings a lot of power and spirit to this piece. Other cellists seem mannered and dry to me by comparison. The orchestra under Celibidache is much more restrained, which at some moments makes for a nice contrast with du Pre and at others sounds a little incongruous. Nonetheless, one of my favorite recordings of this concerto.

I'm not joking about the owl, go listen to it and see for yourself.
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