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EMI Masters - Cello concerto / Sea Pictures [CD]

Elgar Audio CD
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  • Performer: Janet Baker
  • Composer: Edward Elgar
  • Audio CD (15 Feb 2010)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B0032HKEOK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Cockaigne (In London Town) - Concert Overture Op. 40 (2004 Digital Remaster)Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli14:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Cello Concerto In E Minor Op. 85 (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio - ModeratoJacqueline du Pré/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 7:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Cello Concerto In E Minor Op. 85 (2004 Digital Remaster): II. Lento - Allegro MoltoJacqueline du Pré/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cello Concerto In E Minor Op. 85 (2004 Digital Remaster): III. AdagioJacqueline du Pré/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Cello Concerto In E Minor Op. 85 (2004 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro - Moderato - Allegro, Ma Non TroppoJacqueline du Pré/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli12:23Album Only
Listen  6. Sea Pictures Op. 37 (2004 Digital Remaster): I. Sea Slumber-Song (Roden Noel)Dame Janet Baker/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sea Pictures Op. 37 (2004 Digital Remaster): II. In Haven (Capri) (C. Alice Elgar)Dame Janet Baker/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sea Pictures Op. 37 (2004 Digital Remaster): III. Sabbath Morning At Sea (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)Dame Janet Baker/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 6:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sea Pictures Op. 37 (2004 Digital Remaster): IV. Where Corals Lie (Richard Garnett)Dame Janet Baker/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sea Pictures Op. 37 (2004 Digital Remaster): V. The Swimmer (A. Lindsay Gordon)Dame Janet Baker/London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli 6:06£0.79  Buy MP3 


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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Austerity be Damned 12 Aug 2010
By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Many listeners tend to view Edward Elgar (1857 -- 1934) as a somewhat stuffy British Victorian composer. This view does Elgar an injustice as a person and as a composer. In his liner notes to this CD, Michael Kennedy, a biographer of the composer, recounts how a youthful Yehudi Menuhin was criticized in 1932 for his performance of Elgar's violin concerto because he robbed it of its alleged austerity. Elgar indiginantly defended Menuhin: "Austerity be damned: I'm not an austere man."

Composed in 1918-19, Elgar's cello concerto in e minor opus 85 is a work of nostalgic passion which should put to rest some of the stereotypes of Elgar. The work has been recorded many times, but few pieces of music have become so intertwined with a single reading as the Elgar concerto with this performance by a 20-year old Jacqueline Du Pre (1945 -- 1987) with Sir John Barbirolli conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Barbirolli(1899 -- 1970) was himself a cellist. He had a long and distinguished career conducting in both the United States and Britain and was known for his performances of Elgar and other British composers. This recording launched Du Pre in her unhappily short concert career. Dating from 1965, the recording has never been out of print. In 1994, it was reissued as part of EMI's "Great Recordings of the 20th Century" series. With the turn of the Century, the recording has been repackaged into this new slightly less expensive format and retitled "EMI Great Classical Recordings." The CD also includes another outstanding performance with mezzo-soprano Janet Baker and Barbirolli and the London Symphony Orchestra performing Elgar's "Sea Pictures", opus 37. Barbirolli and the Philharmonia Orchestra perform Elgar's Concert Overture Cockaigne (In London Town), opus 40 to round out the CD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two superb women 1 Feb 2011
By calvo
Format:Audio CD
Both Jacqueline du Pre and Janet Baker excell on this classic compilation. The cello concerto has never been played better and the Sea Pictures are a rediscovered joy. You could not ask for more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why has this album been hyped? 17 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
It's rare that all listeners unanimously agree that a recording is a gold standard. But it's as difficult to find someone who doesn't think Jacqueline du Pre has the best Elgar Cello Concerto on record as it is to find someone who thinks the earth is flat. Such unequivocal praise from all musical realms seems eerie. Classical music fans just don't agree like this.

But it's no wonder everyone is bowled over by this disc. With effortless authority, it solves all the challenges the work poses. For those with limited familiarity with the Cello Concerto, it is Elgar's masterpiece, imbued with nostalgia and a sense of regret. It's personal, even private, with moments of otherworldly reflection that asks for no distractions. Due to the work's melancholic nature, if an interpreter presents any reticence, the mood becomes gloomy and ponderous instead of rich and soul-searching. On the other hand, if the interpreter moves too quickly, we lose sight of the depth of meaning Elgar instilled, finding ourselves wandering without decisive meaning.

Du Pre succeeds because she finds the perfect balance. She gives her all, with ravishing soul, yet she's patient, holding on and never letting go too soon. Her passion is unrestrained, but it's bent to serve her comprehensive view of the work as a whole. And that vision is one encapsulating Elgar's heartfelt sadness while showcasing intensity that nearly pulls us along. We're never hurried, though. The determination that pours out of du Pre's cello keeps us looking ahead, and even when we're mourning, we can see a ray of hope in the distance. She is also blessed with committed accompaniment from Sir John Barbirolli and the LSO. Both conductor and soloist join together to create an environment full of electricity.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT REMASTERING OF A CLASSIC RECORDING 17 Jan 2011
By Ian
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This is a standout recording, Janet Baker is exquisite and Jacqueline Du Pre quite brilliant under the baton of Barbirolli. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This very famous pair of performances of the concerto and Sea Pictures, made in 1965, has long been a point of reference by those interested in the music. It has been in my collection in one form or another since then and has always delivered great musical satisfaction. The recording, however, has been problematical at times as follows: The highest peaks of recorded sound were over-modulated on the LP discs and, even with the highest quality Shure cartridges, clean tracking of the most powerful moments of Janet Baker's singing or trumpet climaxes could not be achieved.

The CDs which followed showed improvement in this respect but the same points were clearly uncomfortable in playback even with the best playback machines available at that time. The suspicion grew that the real problem was with the actual recording and not its reproduction. However, I have given it yet one more try and this time the mastering is a triumph. No peak overloading, just, and far greater presence, improved depth of field - in fact an astounding improvement in every respect.

As an extra bonus, the disc even includes an equally improved Cockaigne Overture recorded in 1962 with the Philharmonia and one brimming over with Barbirolli's Londoner enthusiasm - he was always proud to be a Cockney. Curiously, this item is not included on the front cover listings but is included on the rear cover details. A touch misleading for potential purchasers. The 'Master' series version of this same disc has the correct front cover listing with the overture included.

The performances of the two main works are so well known and revered as to make further comment by me to be merely superficial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elgar Cello Concerto -Du Pre
This still thrills me as much now as the very first time I heard it. There is something about du Pre's performance here which sets this piece apart from other interpretations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Cello Concertos
This disc is an old favorite of mine. The disc I already had did not play well anymore so I had to buy a new one because I could not go without the Elgar played by Jacquelin du... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Besseling Kabáth, Ferry
5.0 out of 5 stars She's the best.
My favourite cello concerto by my favourite cellist. Sea pictures also very beautiful and haunting, Elgar at his very best.
Published 11 months ago by sanspaddle
4.0 out of 5 stars The definitive version
Much as I admire the modern cellists such as Sol Gabetta and Alisa Weilerstein, I cannot listen to them without thinking how much they lack in terms of pure passion when playing... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr A. Ledger
4.0 out of 5 stars the mp3 elgar perchase
it is the best vertion of elgar's cello concerto i have ever heard i have know it for twenty years thank-you amazon.
Published 18 months ago by john l lennon
3.0 out of 5 stars Half and half
I had never previously listened to Elgars cello concert or Sea Pictures and was pleasantly surprised that the former was free of his usual pomposity. Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by jambin
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Jacqueline.
I think Jacqueline du Pré is a vertuoso on the Cello. The Cello Concerto and the Sea Pictures are well woth listening to. Highly recommended.
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by J. Makin
3.0 out of 5 stars cello concerto
I like the cello concerto. Du Pre is amazing as always. The rest of the music I do not like. So five star for the cello concerto and one for the other music.
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by joni
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